In a style that is unique only unto Joseph Norris, this painting is a bright and energetic piece that fondly depicts his homeland, Nova Scotia. This simplistic style reflects the affection with which Norris remembers the land. Each ripple in the water, each rock on the shore, Norris has made each element of his painting unique unto itself while contributing to the overall eccentricity of the piece.
1924 1996Joe Norris was born in Halifax. From the time he was sixteen-years-old to when he turned twenty-nine, he worked as a lobster fisherman. It was during this time that he took up painting. When he was forty-nine, Norris suffered a heart attack. His rehabilitation nurse suggested that he continue painting, and he complied. It was during this time that his career as an artist took flight. In 1981, Joe Norris met curator John Houston, who gave him the opportunity to present his work in his first solo show in 1982 at the Houston North Gallery. For eleven years the gallery held annual exhibitions of Joe Norris work. Painting his hometown of Lower Prospect in bright colours, Norris' paintings depict a different perspective of what he sometimes described as a "rough old world". Often, environmental concerns are represented in his work, including seal hunts, crop spraying and oil spills.