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'Untitled Kerbstone Painting (MJK)', Narbi Price

2012, Acrylic on canvas, 91.5 x 122 cm

My socks were wet in my shoes when I saw Narbi's new paintings last Wednesday, and my black woolly hat was soggy. I'd just come in from outside. From the window of the room he works in, it was somehow soothing to see the scruffy backsides of the buildings you normally only see from the street, particularly the rear of the now-closed Odeon cinema. Rain was still falling on that arrangement of brick, ceramic tiles and weeds. I love stuff like that, and know Narbi does too.

I had some thoughts about his paintings, and then we talked, and then I had some other thoughts. Previously, I'd celebrated his choice of the neutral object, the one that neither attracts nor repels; and the act of rendering its mundane image with such precision and tenderness. This time, his choice of object had been driven by something else.

I'm still thinking about Narbi's pictures. And, I suppose, about that huge cinema screen hanging in the derelict dark, and all the films that were projected onto it - romantic films, comedies, kids' films, horror films - none of which have left the slightest trace.

Text by Nev Clay, April 22, 2012.


Born 1979 in Hartlepool, Narbi Price attended Northumbria University 1999- 2002, Newcastle University 2008-10 (MFA). Group exhibitions include 'PRINT' Mushroom Works Newcastle upon Tyne 2009, '9' ACADovetail Newcastle 2011, 'Nothing, Like Something, Happens Anywhere - New Work by Narbi Price
and Neil Cammock' Moving Gallery Newcastle 2011, 'Hole Editions - Ink On Paper' Durham Art Gallery and DLI Museum 2011, two-person show with Marc Bijl GalleriaSIX at 'Arte Fiera' Bologna 2012 and 'Omnia Mea Mecum Porto - Works on Paper' Kotti-Shop Berlin 2012. His site-specific solo show 'Narbi Price'
was at GalleriaSIX Milan 2011. Exhibited in John Moores Painting Prize 2010.

Narbi Price website