Photo: Venetia Norris in Wandsworth, London

Venetia Norris

Artist, Teacher

I find a preliminary drawing more exciting than a finished painting.  It harnesses a raw energy, liveliness and expression that only a line can convey.  I am fascinated by the process of making a mark, the noise of graphite across a piece of paper, building up layers of considered lines, the connection between myself and the subject.  I view it as a sculptural process on paper.

I create detailed drawings of nature within balanced, harmonious compositions.  The dramatic curve of a stem, a delicate ball of petals or variegated leaves compels me to draw.  I sketch wherever I can, New Covent Garden Flower Market, world-class specimens in Kew Gardens or weeds on a London street.  I enjoy the spontaneity of drawing on site and communicating a sense of place.  I only feel that I fully understand something if I have drawn it.

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Location Wandsworth, London
Activities Residencies, Workshops, Participatory projects, Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Mixed Media
Tags organic, floral, drawing, representational, graphite, nature, detailed, lines, paper, original

News & Events

  • Blog Post: Artist Residency at North London Collegiate School

    Find out more about the work I have been creating on my new blog post:

  • Fellowship, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland

    01/03/2016 – 30/03/2016
    The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland

    Time away in a remote, beautiful location to focus entirely on my practise.

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  • Sculpture on the Farm, Barwell Gallery

    13/06/2015 – 28/06/2015
    Sculpture on the Farm, Stewkley, Leighton Buzzard LU7 OLU

    Group exhibition set in stunning countryside – both sculpture and two dimensional work.

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  • Artist Residency, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland

    15/06/2015 – 29/06/2015
    The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Newbliss, Co. Monaghan, Ireland

    Time away in a beautiful location to reflect and focus on my work. I plan to spend the time creating work towards forthcoming solo exhibition at NLCS.

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