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Lot #78

Artist Joe Norris
Title Seabirds with Geometric Border
Media enamel on canvas
Dated 1980
Size 22 x 29.75 in. / 55.9 x 75.6 cm.
Frame Size 22.75 x 30.75 x 1 in.

Place Absentee Bid

signed lower left; bears title and date on gallery label verso; framed

'[Joe Norris] is the champion of seagulls in the folk art realm. As a fisherman, he was used to the daily presence of gulls on the sea and on the land. From his earliest works to [his final] paintings, seagulls occupied a prominent place in Norris's work, as his signature piece... While many of Joe's seagull works evoke a carefree, humorous mood, they nonetheless show his imaginative interpretation of his physical environment and the bird kingdom... The penguin paintings, which seem so out of place amid his down-home Atlantic subjects, grew out of his affection for exotic creatures that he had seen on television.' - from Joe Norris: Painted Visions of Nova Scotia by Bernard Riordon, published by Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2000)

Winchester Galleries, Victoria, label verso

Hammer $4,750 Estimate $2,000/$3,000

Biographical Information
Joe Norris ~ [1924-1996] Canadian
see Joe Norris: Painted Visions of Nova Scotia, B.Riordon, Goose Lake Editions and Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2000; included in Folk Art of Nova Scotia, by M.Ellwood, 1976; From the Heart - Folk Art in Canada, by J.Blanchette et al, pg.66, National Museum of Man, 1983; An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art, by B.McKendry, 1999; A Compendium of Canadian Folk Arts, by T.Kobayashi, pg.159, Boston Mills Press, 1985