Narbi Price's new series of paintings are based on the locations of the IRA Bombings in Manchester on 15th June 1996. These locations are depicted as they are today. There is no immediate indication to the viewer of the depicted site’s histories. The only acknowledgement is that the work’s titles are suffixed with the date of the bombing in brackets - it is therefore possible to decode the provenance of the site. The viewer’s experience and reading of the work changes irrevocably with knowledge of the history of the depicted site. By withholding or encoding the historical significances of the depicted sites, Price wishes to question how the formal selection of the imagery and the painting process itself can evoke a mood and suggest an autonomous authority and to explore the relationship between a site and its representation.
Narbi Price was born in Hartlepool. He currently lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He completed his Fine Art Masters at Newcastle University in 2010. He has been selected for the John Moores Painting Prize on two occasions. In 2012, he was a prizewinner for the work Untitled (MJK). He is currently undertaking a PhD at Newcastle University. Narbi also shows with Vane in Newcastle.
Untitled Postbox Painting (15/06/96) Acrylic on Paper 56 x 76cm 2016 SOLD
Untitled Bench Painting (15/06/96) Acrylic on Paper 56 x 76cm 2016 SOLD
Talking in Code Narbi Price discusses his exhibition Codeword at PAPER, Manchester on 11 Juen 2016