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Image: Untitled Promenade Painting (Bombardment – for Theo Jones) by Dr Narbi Price

North East artist Narbi Price has continued to find inspiration from the strange world we’re currently living in; his recent online exhibition, entitled Lockdown, saw the painter depict benches enrobed in red and white hazard tape, inspired by photos taken by pals across the region while enjoying their daily exercise (the paintings will soon be turned into a book).

He’s also found time to curate an exhibition at the newly reopened Hartlepool Art Gallery, which will celebrate 100 years of the town’s art, culture and history. Century runs at the gallery from Tuesday 29th September-Saturday 9th January and marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of Sir William Gray House, which first housed the town’s art collection.

Narbi, a Hartlepool native, has handpicked works which have a strong resonance with the town, alongside landmark pieces from the canon of modern art history and new contemporary works. “Hartlepool Art Gallery has shown some incredible and important work in its relatively short history, some of which is part of this landmark exhibition.” Narbi explains. “Mature resolved works by major figures of 20th Century art, such as Lucien Freud, Frank Auerbach and John Bratby, rub shoulders here with lesser-known, but no less significant works by artists such as Deryck Stephen Crowther and Enrico Equi.”

The artist himself is also featured in the exhibition, with a new work called Untitled Promenade Painting (Bombardment for Theo Jones) which commemorates the tragic sacrifice of Pte. Theophilus Jones, the first casualty of the First World War on UK soil.

Century is at Hartlepool Art Gallery from Tuesday 29th September-Saturday 9th January

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