Tessa Newcomb was born in 1955, the daughter of the painter Mary Newcomb. As a child she met many well known artists, including Ben Nicholson and Winifred Nicholson and started painting early on.
She trained in Norwich, Bath and Wimbledon and has exhibited regularly throughout the UK, including a highly acclaimed and successful solo show at the Crane Kalman Gallery in Knightsbridge, London earlier this year.
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Her work is eagerly collected, perhaps because of their quirky, semi naive qualities. The art critic Philip Vann has described the ‘eerily beautiful atmospheres’ of Tessa’s paintings which are ‘illuminated by an interior radiance, by a heightened awareness of what she calls ‘spaces and silences’ and by a rare, magical poignancy.’
Tessa’s work ranges from paintings on board, canvas and furniture to ceramics, basing her ceramic designs loosely around the work of Henri Matisse.