Michael Norman PS

Education/Career

Michael worked as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor until early retirement in 1995.  During this period he spent any available spare time he had drawing and painting, attending evening classes and weekend courses.
 
Upon retirement he was able to devote the bulk of his time to painting, initially in oils and watercolours.  In the late 90’s he started painting in pastels and has continued with this medium ever since only using watercolours when he goes out sketching.

Michael lives in Exmouth, Devon.  The Exe estuary provides a wealth of inspiration for his paintings as well as the rest of the Devon and Cornish coast and countryside.

In March 2007 he was elected to membership of the Pastel Society UK.

Awards:

2004  Award at the South West Academy of Arts exhibition
2006  Sarah Samuels Fine Paintings Award
2007  Unison Pastels Award
2008  Bill Paterson Memorial Award
2009  Frank Herring Award

Articles:

2006  Art in Devon
2009  Artists magazine article
2010  Pratique des Arts feature article
2012  The Pastel Journal of America feature article

Group Exhibitions:

Michael has taken part in many group exhibitions, including the South West Academy , Walker Galleries Honiton, Great British Landscape Rosemoor RHS Gardens, Southampton City Art Gallery, Mercer Gallery Harrogate, Martins Gallery Cheltenham, Yvonne Arnaud Art 2009 Guildford, Frinton Gallery Essex, Picturecraft Gallery Norfolk and Gallery LeFort Bath.

Solo Exhibitions:

2001,2 and 8 Fred Keetch Gallery, Exmouth, Devon
2003   Higher Street Gallery, Dartmouth, Devon
2005 and 6  Walker Galleries, Honiton, Devon
2007   Walker Galleries, Sidbury Mill, Devon
2010   John Noott Gallery, Broadway, Worcs.
2011   Gallery LeFort, Bath
2013   Martins Gallery, Cheltenham.

Contact Details:

Address:  1 Claredale Road, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2EE
Telephone:  01395 272922

Website: www.michaeljnorman.co.uk

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Biographical Details:

1950 Born on 13 April
1970 Started to regularly exhibit at Provences.
Paintings accepted into the open exhibitions of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, Pastel Society, Society of Women Artists and Royal Academy
1975 Elected an Associate Member of the Societe des Artists Francais
1980 Elected a Member of the Pastel Society
1984 Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
1986 Elected a Member of the Societe des Pastellistes de France
1991 Invited to teach in Paris for the Societe des Pastellistes de France
1992 Awarded the title Maitre Pastellist
1993 Elected Vice President of the Societe des Pastellistes de France (UK)

Artist’s Statement

Light has always facinated Margaret. A landscape transformed by the sunsire or light reflected on water inspire her to paint. In her work she wants to point to god the creator, and for people to stop ad wonder at the beauty all around us.

Societies:

Member – The Pastel Society.

Other Societies:

MEMBER SOCIETE des PASTELLISTES de FRANCE

Method of Working:

Margaret works in both pastels and oils. Her pastel technique is the same as the oil painting process, working from dark to light. She paints on abrasive paper that enables me to build up layers of pastel without overloading the tooth of the paper. She sees this as a painting medium rather than a drawing medium that uses line with colour. In her oils she rarely uses any medium, working thin to thick and painting wet on wet. She works from life or from photographs as our weather is so unpredictable! She tends not to sketch first but work immediately on the painting, solving problems as she goes.

Awards:

W H Patterson Prize, Pastel Society, 2002 and 2006

Other Exhibitions:

2006 Featured Artist, Festival International du Pastel, Feytiat, France
1999 Guest Exhibitor, Salon National du Pastel, Paris, France
1996 ‘Solo Exhibition of Oils’, Phoenix Gallery, Lavenham, Suffolk
1996 ‘Solo Exhibition’, City Gallery, London
1989 ‘Solo Exhibition’, Paris, France
1983- Regular solo exhibitions at Phoenix Gallery, Lavenham, Suffolk
1982 ‘Solo Exhibition’, Buffalo, New York, USA

Publications:

Various articles over the years for ‘The Artist’, ‘Leisure Painter’ and ‘Pastel International’. I have also contributed illustrations of my work and painting technique in various ‘how to paint’ publications.

Website:

 http://www.margaretglass.com/ 

     


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