- Neil Bousfield
Neil Bousfield, Printmaker
Wide skies, a salty breeze, the sounds of the shore, sharp shadows – the whipping of sailcloth and crunch of dried seaweed are embodied in the woodengravings of Neil Bousfield, who lives and works on the Norfolk coast.
Neil Bousfield studied MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking at the University of the West of England, Bristol, awarded with distinction in 2007. He had previously studied BA (Honours) Animation and MSc 3D Computer Graphics. In 2009 Neil was elected a member of The Society of Wood Engravers and in 2014 he was elected to the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.
" A change in personal circumstances facilitated a move to a new location or landscape space. Change initiates new directions within an art practice. Current thinking has allowed a deeper understanding of drawing, making and the representation of space. The emotional needs of the biological human have led to an investigative approach to understanding the emotional construct of place: the transformation of landscaped space into landscape place through an art practice drives current making. We exist in and use space but we experience and make a place through the act of experiencing, living and working in a landscape. Recent practice explores a sense of place, place identity, place dependency and a narrative of place. It is through experiencing and constructing landscape narratives we construct a narrative of place and create place understanding. The exploration of these concepts allows a rooting of emotional connections to the landscape and this drives Bousfield's printmaking practice "