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Neil Bousfield - Zillah Bell Printmakers' Prize

Neil Bousfield studied at Bristol’s University of the West of England where he gained a Master of Arts degree in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking, awarded with distinction in 2007, and previously studied MSc 3D Computer Graphics at Teesside University. Born in Middlesbrough, Neil grew up in the coastal village of Marske-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, and now lives and works on the North Norfolk coast.

In 2009 Neil was elected a member of The Society of Wood Engravers and in 2014 to the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Neil’s work can be found in private & public collections around the world including the National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, Ohio State University Libraries, USA, MMU Special Collections, Manchester, the Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, China, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China. He has recently exhibited in France, Australia, China, the USA and the UK, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. 

Works on show and for sale

The winner of the Zillah Bell Printmakers' Prize for the New Light Art Prize 2017.

The marsh landscape of the Broads National Park is fragile and low lying and imparts a real sense of place with unique biodiversity and ecology rich in plant and animal life. Lying below or at sea level and adjacent to the sea, a complex network of dykes and drainage pumps maintain a landscape once beneath the sea.

Three walks to one location formed the focus for this project which began in early February 2016, where over a period of several weeks many walks were taken and recorded through drawing: Reedham to Berney Arms, Wickhampton to Berney Arms, and Great Yarmouth to Berney Arms. ‘Marsh Lands’ was completed in 2017 and forms part of a new body of work currently in progress.

Neil Bousfield
‘Marsh Lands’
£425 (print)

My local polling station, village hall and evacuation site as designated by the environment agency. The grid structure indicative of the visual language of mapping is used to site location and render place. ‘What Hope for Holding Back the Sea’ was made in response to the theme ballot.

‘What Hope for Holding Back the Sea (Ballot)’
Relief engraving (triptych)
£485 (print)

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