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Name: Michael Norman

Society Membership:

Pastel Society

Biographical details:

1943 Born on 6th February, Clevedon, Somerset
2007 Elected Member of the Pastel Society
2008 Elected Honorary Treasurer of the Pastel Society

Artist's statement:

I live within ten minutes walk of the Exe Estuary and the adjacent South Devon coastline. This is one of the landscape subjects that has inspired me for many years, and still does. I try to capture the light and atmospheric effects that I see throughout the year.


Solo Exhibitions:
2008 Walker Galleries, Honiton, Devon
2007 Walker Galleries, Sidbury Mill, Devon
2006 Fred Keetch Gallery, Exmouth, Devon

Method of working:

I usually work from sketches made on site. I often take a Unison pastels colour chart, which I use to annotate my sketches with colour references. I also use a digital camera for back-up information, and for detail that I may have omitted to record at the time. I paint in soft pastel on either pumice paper, solid-core mountboard, to which I apply a coloured pumice surface, Sennelier pastel card or Canson paper. I quite often make an underpainting in pastel by blocking in all the main areas of colour and then dragging the applied pastel down with the side of my hand over the whole picture area. This creates a ghostlike image, and also has the effect of unifying the colour. I sometimes draw out my subject in charcoal. I usually have three or four paintings in progress at any one time.

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes:

The Bill Patterson Memorial Award, 2008
The Unison Pastels Award, 2007
The Sarah Samuels Fine Paintings Award, 2006


Michael Normanís paintings may be seen at the following galleries:

Quest Gallery is part of Bath's vibrant Gallery Quarter and the galleries host open evenings for those who enjoy browsing and enjoying a selection of excellent fine art. 

In addition, in November 2010 there will be the first event of the newly formed Galleries Group, which includes most of the galleries in Bath [details to follow]


Fred Keetch Art Shop, The Strand, Exmouth, Devon 

Tel: 01395 227226

John Noott Galleries, 20 High Street, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7DT

Tel: 01386 858969/854868

Gallery Le Fort, 5 Margarets Buildings, Bath

Tel: 01225 428347

Website: www.gallerylefortfineart.com

Higher Street Gallery, 1 Higher Street, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 9RB

Tel: 01803 833157

Appledore Gallery,

31 Bude Street, Appledore, Bideford, Devon, EX39 1PS

Tel: 01237 476729


Polperro Moorings
Michael Norman PS


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