Artist’s statementMichael Norman, an East Anglian by birth has spent most of his working life at Woolverstone, close to the River Orwell, where he has sailed for 40 years and is the subject for many of his pictures. He was elected to the Royal Society of Marine Artists, a body of some 50 artists, in 1976. Over the past years he has held in excess of 45 one-man shows, 19 in succession in Aldeburgh during the Festival. He has taken his sketchbook as far as Abu Simbel in Upper Egypt, to Venice and Florence, Paris, Rouen and Athens.
Colin Moss A.R.C.A., the East Anglian arts critic has said of him, 'Michael Norman whom I have always held to be one of the most workmanlike, unpretentious makers of topographical renderings ... continues steadily in his chosen path... he will make an accurate a memento as one could wish and make it with fastidious craftsmanship, unmarred by unnecessary showy juggling with watercolour'.
CV Regent St. Polytechnic and Bournemouth College of Art. Received in 1988, Award of Excellence, Mystic Maritime International, U.S.A.
Besides working as a tutor for Suffolk County Council he has tutored courses over the years for the Field Studies Council at Flatford Mill and Malham Tarn centres. His popular and well attended courses are held on Monday and Tuesday afternoons at his Woolverstone Studio. In the summer term a selection of riverside and countryside venues are chosen for on-site sketching. These works are worked up into finished watercolours during the winter under his guidance. Enquiries welcome.
The artist is always pleased to meet visitors at his Woolverstone Studio, where they can see his collection of his own work and examine his sketchbooks. This is situated a few miles south of Ipswich on the B1456, 200 yards past Marina Road, and just before the entrance to Woolverstone Hall School, telephone (01473) 780393.
Literature A Celebration of Marine Art (60 years of the R.S.M.A.) British Painters of the Coast and Sea : Charles Hemming : Golancz 1988 The National Dictionary of Marine Artists : constantly updated
The Story of the National Twelves : Dr Robin Steavenson : Richard Jenkins 1966. Many articles in Leisure Painter magazine