Swinburne Tempest, known to most people by his nickname of Swin. Born 1946, he came from a mining family but started work as a window dresser at 15 years old and progressed to retail packaging, exhibition and interior design. Having worked mainly in retail he always had a pen or pencil in his hand, luckily this helped him earn a living. A self taught artist, after retiring he began painting more and weather permitting loves to sketch outdoors. Swin draws a lot of inspiration from mining artists especially Norman Cornish and the memories of his mining family having had an early upbringing in Fence Houses and Houghton Le Spring. Swin enjoys using a vast range of mediums for each piece of work, including oils, pastel, watercolour and charcoal. Currently still living in the area of Houghton Le Spring, Swin can often be found sketching and painting outdoors along the North East and Yorkshire Coast. Some of his latest and ongoing work is the seventh in a series of children’s books, which is a contrast from his current exhibition that can be found at The Bob Abley Art Gallery.