Michael Norman is a well-known artist living and working in the South West of England. He painted for many years in oils and watercolour and was a member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society before moving to Devon, and I have one of his early watercolours in my own collection.
It was not until Michael took up painting in Pastels that his work really blossomed and came to more general notice. His Pastels are beautifully rendered with a delicate touch and have a glorious luminosity about them. I first saw one of Michael’s pastel paintings in 2006, when I was thrilled to find my own pastel painting had won an award, and hanging next to it was Michael’s beautiful rendition of a Devon estuary, with wonderful layers of pastel marks, giving it an almost three-dimensional quality. It, too, had won an award, and rightly so.
He was elected to membership of the Pastel Society in 2007, and the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts in 2013.
He has won many awards for his paintings, including the Sarah Samuels Fine Painting Award in 2006, the Unison Pastels Award in 2007, the Bill Paterson Memorial Award in 2008, the Frank Herring Award in 2009 and the Buzzacott Award in 2014.
He has been included in various publications, as well as feature articles in the Pastel Society magazine, the French magazine 'Pratique des Arts' and the Pastel Journal of America.
We are delighted that we’ve brought another fine artist from the West Country to the Gallery to exhibit his exquisite work.