If there is one artist who can fairly be described as fundamental to The Northern School, then it is the Tyldesley born Roger Hampson, who created a body of work of considerable importance in the canon of Northern Art.
A former President of the Manchester Academy of Fine Art, Hampson was drawn to painting the people he met on the streets of these northern towns and their mining and cotton industrial heritage. This is the essence of Hampson's impact - he was motivated to paint a landscape and way of life that he knew was fast disappearing. His paintings capture the bleakness of the northern landscape as well as the warmth and humour of its people.
20 of his pictures, particularly a body of work depicting mines and miners, are held in public collections and a book on his life and work entitled "Roger Hampson - a lost landscape" was published in April 2009 to coincide with a retrospective exhibition at Gallery Oldham.
Hampson is important enough to have been given his own chapter in the "Big Three" of books on Northern Art - Peter Davies' original and reboot of "The Northern School" and in Martin Regan's "Northern School: A Reappraisal".