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Eye on the Artist - Neil Bousfield RE

Neil Bousfield

Prints from Neil Bousfield's striking 'Coastal Defence' series featured in Our Ocean, the recent contemporary art exhibition at Rachel Bebb Contemporary focusing on both the beauty of our oceans and the environmental threats they face. Neil's prints are an arresting example of environmental activism through art. 

Focusing on the space between the land and sea, Neil’s work aims to raise questions about communities who invest in places which will be lost to sea-level rise. In particular, the engravings explore coastal erosion and climate change in a local and global context. In these works he draws parallels between the landscape near his home on the Norfolk Coast, which is under threat of sea incursion, and all coastal regions and cities set to be impacted by sea-level rise.

Neil Bousfield woodcuts

Neil Bousfield RE - Coastal Defence: Manhattan Beach (woodcut & engraving, black oak frame, artglass, 14/30, 33 x 43 cms)

Neil Bousfield gained an MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking from the University of the West of England in Bristol. Working in relief print and contemporary wood engraving, his practice is concerned with the concepts of change, transformation and palimpsest of geography, time and place. 

Neil’s work is held within public collections including the National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, MMU Special Collections, Manchester, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Ohio State University Libraries, USA, China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) and the Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, China. Work is also held in private collections in Australia, France, USA, Canada and the UK.  

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