1922 - 2008
Mary Newcomb was born in Harrow-on-the-Hill in 1922. It was not until later in life that Newcomb turned to painting She was a teacher of Natural Science until the early 1950`s.
Newcomb`s painting career took off in 1970 when at the Crane Kalman Gallery in London gave her a show, another taking place that year at the Vaccarino Gallery in Florence. From that time Crane Kalman consistently showed her work, although Newcomb also exhibited elsewhere in Britain and extensively abroad, her work found its way into public collections including the Tate Gallery and the Arts Council of Wales. In 1996-97, there was a touring retrospective from the Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal.
Newcomb had by then extended her breadth with visits away from East Anglia. She made a first visit to Le Lavandou on the Côte d`Azur in 1986, returned for a second painting visit in 1987, with a trip to the Dordogne in 1991. In 1995-96 she visited Orkney.
Newcomb has lived in Suffolk for most of her life and her paintings usually have a rural setting inspired by her East Anglian surroundings. Her Coastal and Agricultural depictions are simple yet satisfying to observe: