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Firesharp Design HomepageNick Norris sculpture, paintingHand carved marble and limestone sculptureModern oil paintingsContact Nick Norrissp

 

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Motivation

I am motivated by the need and desire to create. Whatever tools I happen to be using - a hammer and chisel or a paintbrush, creativity is always of paramount importance to my work.

Over the years I have developed a unique blend of skills, knowledge and experience that allow me to make things that could be produced by no one else.


Fine Art Painting

I work to commission and also sell paintings from my personal collection. I am moved and inspired mostly by landscapes and architecture. More specifically, the impression and feeling these produce. I paint to create or recreate the feeling or atmosphere of spaces and places - so the nature of my painting is always inherently abstract, even in cases where an easily discernable image is represented.

Stone Sculpture

As a trained stone sculptor I can carve for a variety of purposes, including anything from: free-standing artistic sculpture to architectural stone carving, (for both new and historical buildings), to letter cutting for signs and plaques. I work to commission and am able to create site-specific stone sculpture for private homes, gardens and work places.

A bit about me

I was awarded a scholarship by the Sir John Cass's Foundation in 1996 to study stone carving at The City & Guilds of London Art School. I graduated in 1999 with a very successful final year show and won the Executive Committee Prize for Outstanding Work in the Graduate Show.

Teaching

Since 2005 I have been heavily involved with one of my local secondary schools, where I've helped with numerous art projects and run block carving workshops and short courses. My students, ranging in age from 11 to 18, are virtually always great fun to work with and produce some wonderful pieces.

Please visit the following link for some examples of recent student work ~ Student Block Carvings

I also run private courses for individuals and groups of all ages. I can provide all necessary equipment and materials. Please contact me to discuss tailoring a course to your needs ~ Contact

Websites

Whilst at art school I put together my first online portfolio. I very soon discovered that I had a keen interest in website design. So, in response to some very positive feedback I received from viewers, I quickly developed my skills and technical abilities so that I could produce websites of professional quality for clients. Shortly thereafter I began designing commercially on a freelance basis. I continue to take on new web-based projects from time to time.

Visit ~ Web design portfolio

Art Sales

I sell my paintings and sculptures mostly to private buyers. However, notable clients have included The Ritz Hotel London and VISA International.

Exposure

I've exhibited stone sculpture at the Henley Upon Thames Art Festival, the Chelsea Flower Show as well as the Natural Stone Show.

CALLIOPE™ Magazine (Published by Cobblestone Publishing in association with The Getty Museum) did an article on my stone sculpture in 2008.