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Not so very long ago coal mining was a very important part of life in this country. when the artist George Bissill went to work in the mines aged only 13, there were over a million people employed in the industry. Bissill was determined to show what it was like to work in the mines and images such as his had never been seen in the art world when he burst onto the scene in 1925.
This unique exhibition shows a collection of the work of George Bissill unseen since the artist died in 1973. From his origins in the mines to his final landscape paintings, via success in London and Paris, the exhibition aims to show the life’s work of a significant British artist.
His story is a remarkable tale of fame and fortune, followed by self-imposed obscurity, and he is an important piece in the jigsaw of twentieth-century working-class art.
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