Mancunian Steven Bewsher is one of a new generation of Northern School artists who are actively seeking to build on the traditions of the school in an entirely modern and relevant way.
Like L S Lowry before him and his contemporary Liam Spencer, he is documenting the changing face of Manchester and Salford - but he is also looking towards the future, depicting in the rubble and the carcasses of as yet unfinished projects a feel of how these cities might look in the future.
His technically precise knife work and his generally sober palette seek to create an expectancy of what will emerge from the chaos of the construction process and he captures a strange beauty both in the city's destruction and in its recreation. In this he has beaten a path that others are almost certain to follow.
We are delighted to showcase the latest development in his work - a series of powerful impressionist paintings depicting the demolition and rebirth of Manchester, capturing in paint the building of the Northern Powerhouse.
As the artist himself says: "Most of us walk through a city looking straight ahead, but if you look up, or even pause to look around you, it's just incredible the amount of change that is taking place."
The artist is determinedly painting the physicality of this dramatic change. Steven Bewsher is a northern school artist for the 21st Century.