Smoggie thenorthernartist.co.uk is a name given to people from the Middlesbrough area of Teesside. The name refers to the pollution once produced by the petrochemical and steel industry. Although originally an insulting term, rightly so many people now proudly call themselves “Smoggies”.

David Watson thenorthernartist.co.uk has painted industrial Teesside for over 50 years. In 2014 he turns 70 and this is the first in a series of short films, which explore the landscape, people, and industry that have shaped his work and his extraordinary relationship with the steel industry of the North East.

David Watson lives and paints daily from his studio in Middlesbrough.

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