About the Artist

Ian painting at sunrise on Becon Fell


Artist Statement

I like to deal with material that is local and with which I am familiar, exploring the figure and the landscape as subjects. I usually work on the same motif over long periods.

My process starts by producing numerous drawings and small paintings from observation. Back in the studio I paint larger works from memory using the smaller studies as reference. Throughout this process I am trying to express my feelings of being present in a place and not just the visual aspects of the landscape.

I am interested in the physicality of paint itself and my larger paintings tend to be made of multiple layers of paint .The progressive build-up of paint combined with the scraping back of whole or partial areas of the paint surface reveal a complex matrix of varying colour, texture and depth which is not unlike the landscape itself.

Recent achievements

2011 Dr Barbara Oldham MBE award for best work of art - MAFA Summer exhibition
2011 BA (Hons) Fine Art-1st class
2010 Elected as a member of Manchester Academy of Fine Arts.

Solo exhibitions

2016 Castlegate House Gallery - 'A midsummer nights dream'

2014 Castlegate House Gallery - 'Tracing the Derwent'
2013 Castlegate House Gallery - 'Ian Norris, in the Open'
2013 Oriel Plas Gyn-y-Weddw - ‘A passion for the sea’

Selected mixed and open exhibitions

2015 Portland Gallery London-Portland Preview
2015 MAFA Spring Exhibition -Portico Library Manchester
2014 RCA/MAFA joint exhibition-Royal Cambrian Academy Colwyn Bay.
2014 Picture House Gallery-Passion for paint
2013 Josie Eastwood Gallery-Spring Show
2012 Streets Places Journeys, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
2012 Wendy Levy-Summer Show
2012 Oriel Plas Gyn-y-Weddw - Summer Show
2012 MAFA-Bury Art Gallery
2012 'Further North'- Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden
2012 Exhibition of Northern Artists-Peter Pears Galley Aldeburgh
2012 MAFA-Buxton Art Gallery
2012 Northern Artists Group-Blackpool and the Fylde College of Art
2011 MAFA-Bury Art Gallery 
2011 'Space and Light' exhibition of paintings at the Revolve Gallery Clitheroe
2011 Final degree show-Blackburn College of Art
2011 MAFA-Millyard Gallery
2011 Northern Artists Group-Lytham
2010 MAFA-Oldham Art Gallery
2009 Millyard Gallery, Uppermill
2009 Saddleworth Group of Artists-Winter Exhibition
2009 Arteology Gallery, Colne
2009 New Longton Artists-Summer Exhibition -Titherley Rose Bowl for best picture
2009 Preston Arts Festival - Prize winner
2008 Preston Arts Festival - 2nd Prize winner
2007 Preston Arts Festival - 1st Prize winner
2007 Garstang Open Exhibition-1st Prize winner


2009 Series of paintings of Coniston Water-Greater Manchester NHS Trust.


2011 The Art of England Magazine December issue
2011 Lancashire Life Magazine 'Following in the footsteps of the French Impressionists' November 2009 Lancashire Evening Post


Greater Manchester NHS Trust
Blackburn University Centre