Jim Newcombe

A child of Thatcherite England, Newcombe went to a Catholic School where he became a favourite pet project for the martinet. He developed a love for words and pictures from reading the comic 2000AD as a boy and from growing up as the youngest in an artistic if turbulent household. In his late teens and early twenties he was experimental in ways not untypical of his generation and geography, pleasure-seeking in an industrial town in the Midlands in the 1990s with an appetite for elevated states of sensation. A former girlfriend described his life as single-handedly flouting Maslow's hierarchy of needs, meaning, among other things, that she could no longer live with him. 

 

A devotee of the films of Ingmar Bergman, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Werner Herzog and Akira Kurosawa, and passionate about painting and poetry, the writers that struck him most immediately and stayed with him most deeply are Shakespeare, John Donne, William Blake and WB Yeats.

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