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, Neil grew up in the coastal village of Marske-by-the-Sea, in North Yorkshire and now lives and works on the North Norfolk coast. In 2009 Neil was elected a member of The Society of Wood Engravers and in 2014 to the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.
Although contexts change, drawing and narrative remain steadfast within Bousfield’s personal practice of printmaking and the technique of wood engraving. Recent practice and research considers and responds to landscape, the notion of home and place, and the impact of narrative upon the construct of place. The exploration of the concepts of transformation, change and fragility, and the geographical palimpsest of place allows a rooting of emotional connections to the landscape and this drives Bousfield’s printmaking practice. His recent series of engravings are based on landscapes close to his home developed from drawings made on location in the Broads National Park and the North Norfolk coast.
Work is held within major public collections including the National Art Library, Prints & Drawings Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Ohio State University Libraries, USA, MMU Special Collections, and most recently the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) Beijing Shi, China, and the Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, China. Work is also held in private collections around the world including Australia, France, USA, Canada and the UK.