1955 - ?

Tessa Newcomb

Tessa Newcomb, was born in the Hartismere district of Suffolk on 20 May 1955, daughter of Godfrey Newcomb and his wife Mary née Slatford [Newcombe q.v.], who married at Hartismere in 1950. Tessa 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 both in ceramics and in art in East Anglia 1985-1989. A painter in oil, with scenes of the Suffolk countryside and coastline dominating her work with Suffolk 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 had mixed exhibitions at Crane Arts and Mercury Gallery in London and Edinburgh and solo shows at Annexe Gallery, Wimbledon and at Christopher Hull Gallery, London from 1987 and at Chappel Galleries, Essex from 1996; Crane Kalman Gallery from 2002 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'. Tessa is represented in the Bradford Metropolitan Museum; Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester; Strawberry Hill College and Ocean and Transport. She donated to the Westhall Secret Postcard Auction in 2013 an oil 'Ducks and Dustbin' which realised 160.

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