NEWCOMB, Tessa

1955 - ?

Tessa Newcomb

Born in the Hartismere district of Suffolk on 20 May 1955, daughter of Godfrey Newcomb and his wife Mary née Slatford, who married at Hartismere in 1950, her mother as Mary Newcomb (1922-2008) [q.v.] was also an artist. She studied at Norwich School of Art 1972-1973 and obtained honours degree in Fine Art at Bath Academy of Art 1973-1976, completing a year's advanced printmaking at Wimbledon School of Art in 1977. She taught adult classes in ceramics and in art in Norfolk and Suffolk 1985-1989. A painter in oil with scenes of the Suffolk countryside and coastline dominating her work; her Suffolk is a place of odd encounters an unkempt land and seascape featuring working figures, dogs, boats, churchyards and allotments all portrayed in her distinctive style. Tessa has had mixed exhibitions at Crane Arts and Mercury Gallery in London and Edinburgh and two solo shows at Annexe Gallery, Wimbledon 1979-1980 and from 1987 at Christopher Hull Gallery, London and Chappel Galleries, Essex from 1996; Crane Kalman Gallery 2002 and 2004 and with Lena Boyle at Ainscough Contemporary Art and locally at Cork Brick, Bungay and The Strand, Aldeburgh. She has also completed a number of book jacket illustrations including for Julia Blackburn's 'Daisy In The Desert' and 'The Emperor's Last Island'. She is represented in the Bradford Metropolitan Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, Strawberry Hill College and Ocean and Transport. She lived at Driftwood, Back Road, Wenhaston, Halesworth, Suffolk with her partner Telfor Stokes [q.v.].






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