Approved: 17.10.2011

Venetia Norris

Artist, Teacher

Approved: 17.10.2011

Everything living has a unique shape and form, everything makes it’s presence felt in some way, leaves a mark, some traces on or below the surface, everything strives to find it’s place and space, however small, everything struggles to become part of the whole.   Trying to understand that journey is what interests me, how a plant or a flower grows into itself, how it composes itself, where it is found, the various stages of its journey, how it emerges into itself, and how that self is then seen.

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  • Location: Wandsworth, London
  • Activities: Residencies, Workshops, Participatory projects, Private commissions
  • Categories: Drawing, Mixed Media
  • Tags: organic, floral, drawing, representational, graphite, nature, detailed, lines, paper, original
 
 

Biography

Everything living has a unique shape and form, everything makes it’s presence felt in some way, leaves a mark, some traces on or below the surface, everything strives to find it’s place and space, however small, everything struggles to become part of the whole.   Trying to understand that journey is what interests me, how a plant or a flower grows into itself, how it composes itself, where it is found, the various stages of its journey, how it emerges into itself, and how that self is then seen.

I am drawn to the smallest shape and curve, detail continuously intrigues me.   Using just the tip of my pencil, graphite and ink I try to reveal the intricate layers, the sensuous interiors, the infinite variety and texture of a leaf, a stem, or a petal, to see beyond the initial distraction of beauty, gently but determinedly going behind the disguise of blossom or colour.

Drawing is the language through which I express my connection with nature, with the formal gardens, the hedgerows, the urban spaces that are far from abandoned, the shoreline, the window boxes, the water’s edge, the mountain paths, with what clings to the rocks and the crevices, and what lies just below the surface.   Here in England, or travelling overseas, the world only makes sense to me when I drawn it onto paper, every line building into a shape, every shape helping me find my way forward.

CV & Education

MEMBERSHIP
Associate Member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art

 

RESIDENCY / FELLOWSHIP
2016
Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Fellowship, County Mayo, Ireland

2015
Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Artist Residency, County Monaghan, Ireland

North London Collegiate School, Artist In Residency, London

2014
Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Fellowship, County Mayo, Ireland

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015
Layered Drawings, North London Collegiate School, London 

2012
Linear Collections, National Trust Fenton House, Hampstead, London

2011
Pen to Paper, Crypt Gallery, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London

Lines of Beauty, Westbourne Grove Church ArtSpace, London

2009
Ink Drawings Inspired by Nature, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Windsor Contemporary Art Fair, stand 140, Windsor Racecourse  12-13 Nov

DRAW16 – Society of Graphic Fine Arts, Menier Gallery, London  3-15 October

Putney Artists Open House, Venue: Zinc White, London  1-2 & 8-9 October

Open Art Spaces, Faron Sutaria, London 24-25 June, 1-2 July

Capability Now, Orleans House Gallery, London  Feb-June

Chapel Cottage Open Studios Event,Monmouthshire, Wales  June

The Other Art Fair, Victoria House, London  April 

2015
Wandsworth Artist Open House, Hurlingham Yacht Club, London

Floral Variations, Oil & Water Gallery, Wandsworth, London 

Sculpture on the Farm, Barwell Gallery, Leighton Buzzard 

Wonderful Wandsworth, Oil & Water Gallery, Wandsworth, London

2014
Plein Air Contemporary, Chelsea, London

London Lives, Oil & Water Gallery, Wandsworth, London

A Letter in Mind, OXO Galleries, South Bank, London

2013
Wandsworth Artists Open House,London

Lines 2013, The Strand Gallery, London

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

An Artist in the Garden, two person show, New Leaf Gallery, Wales

2012
Artists for Croome, Christies, London & National Trust Croome Court Worcestershire

The Society of Women Artists, Mall Galleries, 2012, 2011, 2010

Pastel Society UK, The Mall Galleries, London

2011
Young Artist of the Year, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

Hesketh Hubard Art Society, The Mall Galleries, London

2010
ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London

The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London

 

EDUCATION
2006-2009
Sir John Cass Art School, London Metropolitan University BA Allied Arts, 2:1

2000-2003
London College of Fashion BA Costume for the Performing Arts, 2:1

1999-2000
Chelsea College of Art, Foundation Year

 

TEACHING
2015
North London Collegiate School, teaching as part of Residency

The Independent Art School, one to one tuition

2014
Drawing in Clifton Nurseries, London, adult classes

The Big Draw, Family Day, designed and ran event, Clifton Nurseries

Studio Visits, sharing my artwork and process with local school children, Ballinglen Arts Foundation

2012
Nesta, lunchtime art classes in the city, London

Fenton House, National Trust, London, Introduction to Drawing, classes for all ages

2011 – ongoing
Tutoring Art with various educational agencies including Gabbitas, Dulwich Tutors and Enjoy Education