NEIL BOUSFIELD RE
Neil Bousfield studied at Bristol’s University of the West of England where he gained a Master of Arts degree in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking, awarded with distinction in 2007. Born in Middlesbrough, Bousfield grew up in the coastal village of Marske-by-the-Sea, in North Yorkshire and now lives and works on the North Norfolk coast. Bousfield is an elected member of The Society of Wood Engravers and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.
Bousfield’s current research and practice considers narrative, home and place. Recent experiments in contemporary wood engraving are made in response to the environmental and geological narratives of the Norfolk coast and the Broads National Park.
The work here questions sense of place, attachment to place and the value of place. How place can be changed emotionally and physically through interventions often governed, regulated and dictated by external bodies, regulating such concepts as landscape value through planning mechanisms and processes. Cable Route explores the physical and emotional impact on a landscape and populous of a cable route connecting land and sea. Sea Side Games - trace, footprint, histories and palimpsest give context; this work explores the games played to defend the land against the relentless encroachment of the sea
Bousfield works within the discipline of relief printmaking and contemporary wood engraving