Peter Newcombe, Spring landscape oil on panel

Oil on Panel, signed & dated lower right 1975
Image size: 9 1/2 x 10 1/5 inches (24.13 x 25.9 cm)
Hand made Dutch ebonised style frame

In this panel by Newcombe, the arrival of spring unfolds across the British landscape. As part of his four seasons collection, Spring captures both the seasonal lightness and the agricultural renewal of the land. The panel comes alive with fresh colours, breathing life into the pastoral landscape. Within this scene, the modern tractor and the traditional hay-cart exist side by side, symbolising the timeless interplay between progress and tradition across changing seasons. The plowed field stretches out its furrows promising abundance. On the left, a tall tree stands watch, its bare branches hinting at the upcoming spring bloom. Above, the sky breaks free from its cloudy cover, revealing a bright blue expanse, signalling sunnier days ahead.

Peter Newcombe

Newcombe (b.1943) was born in Blisworth, Northamptonshire. He studied illustration and etching at Northampton School of Art, where he won a travelling scholarship. His work first came to public attention in 1968 with a set of twelve large drawings illustrating ‘The Shepherds Calendar’ by John Clare, which were featured on BBC television.

In 1970 he was awarded a major art grant from the Elizabeth T. Greenshield Foundation in Canada. At this time he began exhibiting widely in London including at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. In 1979 he designed a set of flower stamps for the Post Office.

The subject matter of Peter Newcombe’s paintings is gathered almost entirely from the area of Northamptonshire in which he lives. His paintings are intense studies of landscape and flora in all seasons, and he has a particular interest in old buildings and wild flowers.

Northampton Art Gallery
Furneaux Gallery
Royal Academy
Edwin Pollard Gallery