Narbi Price's new series of lithographs are based on the locations of the Whitechapel Murders of 1888, as they are today, now variously car parks, schoolyards, loading bays etc. 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 victim’s initials 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.