Friday, 20 July 2018

Lithograph after Norman Wade ‘Lindisfarne Priory’
to be sold in our General Sale on Wednesday 25th July

Throughout the 1970s Norman Wade’s art shop, managed by his wife Moira brought a bohemian vibe to Durham City centre. Managing the shop in Saddler Street on the route to the cathedral, Moira brought in Norman’s work, framed it, and sold pieces on to satisfied customers. The occasional appearance was made by Norman who became famed for his pipe smoking.  Born in London, Norman trained as a graphic designer. Moving North to the Lake District, where he pursued a career as an artist after meeting his wife Moira, who worked in the art trade. After a spell in Gosforth, Newcastle, they moved to Low Etherley in Bishop Auckland. At this time Norman developed his own distinctive style using various screen printing techniques creating unusual textures and patterns and concentrating on images of buildings and landscapes across the North of England, but in particular scenes of Durham Cathedral. After a decade in Durham, Norman became concerned that although his works continued to be popular, he was often torn between aesthetic sensibilities and creating work to sell. He and Moira decided to close the shop and move to Spain in 1980, enjoying its sunshine until his health started to fail. They moved back to the UK, settling in Coldstream in the Scottish borders.

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