IAN NORRIS BA (Hons) MAFA
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.
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.
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
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