Oil paintings of angels is my first complete collection. Empowered, glorified and beautiful my angels find themselves in un-angelic situations – doing things that are neither good nor evil but just a little naughty. Exploring human themes of seemingly flawed or simply mundane activities, allows us to examine our definitions of divine. The marriage of heavenly beings, everyday situations, and human emotions challenges traditional religious ideas and introduces a profoundly new idea: humanization of angels. In the overwhelming majority of religious paintings, angels are supporting characters: messengers, helpers, or tempters. The possibility that angels may not only be either white shining slaves of god, or demons sent from hell opens the door to explore angels as the protagonist. A great deal of experimentation and research went into creating an original process that would allow maximum realism without becoming a mass production. This process was designed to mirror the layers and complexity of the themes and to produce large-scale, hyper-realistic paintings with a distressed look and a renaissance masterpiece style. I would like to thank my stunning models who were so gracious to portray angels. -norville
Biography: My Mother tells me that at five years old I asked her to take me door to door around our neighborhood so I could sell my drawings. I sold them for a quarter each. Thus began my career as an artist. I the eighth grade, I discovered photography and dived into it as another outlet. I was fortunate to have wonderful and supportive parents that encouraged me in everything I wanted to do. They encouraged my art and my photography and early in life I was allowed to indulge in my many creative endeavors. Despite my parents supporting my talents, they instilled the idea that I needed to do something else to make a living. My family is not wealthy. Hardworking and traditional, they believed that I should follow my dream, but go to college for something practical. I opted to follow in my father’s footsteps and become a pastor in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It was when I was enrolled in theology school in 1993 studying to be a pastor when I first conceived of "gods" a play centered around the fall of angels and the salvation of mankind. Two years into the project my focus had shifted completely as I became more riveted by the concept of the salvation of angels. The constant studying, asking or searching in regards to why there was no salvation for angels not only cost me quite a bit of sleep but my theology career as well. I switched my major in college to fine art with an emphasis in oil painting and began the search for my voice. I began showing collections and selling pieces, but as I moved deeper into the art scene, I began to feel disillusioned with the culture and the quality of what was being offered up as art. I simply quit showing. Just before graduating, I decided to quit school and open my own advertising agency. I thought this was how I could earn a lucrative living as an artist. Three years and one successful agency later, it became readily apparent that creating for others was not only unfulfilling, it wasn’t really creating art at all. I shut my company down, sold my condo and moved to San Francisco to work as an e-commerce consultant for a company that supported Fortune 500 companies with their emerging e-businesses. It was here in San Francisco that I finally found the inspiration I was looking for and I began to meet several emerging artists. When the dot-com bubble burst, I was laid-off and my severance package allowed me the opportunity to truly follow my inner passions. It was at this time that I came up with the concept for “oil paintings of angels” and began to experiment with different aspects of the production. It was in this process that I not only found my voice, but I rekindled my faith in art and my desire to share it with others. I believe for any artist to be great, he must be a master of the medium. In the 21st century the medium is multi-media and today’s artist must not only be a master of all the mediums from traditional to contemporary, but also have a solid understanding of the history, theory, and processes that have brought art to where it is today. It is not an accident that there is the grandness of a renaissance style in my pieces. I brought this to my work with the intent of stretching available and age-old tools beyond what they were designed for, or have been used for, to produce a final piece that stands alone and does not look like anything we have seen before. These paintings leave the viewer wondering how they were made. Early last year, I became the first artist to take studio space at N.I.M.B.Y. – an emerging artist workspace and art community in West Oakland. Working in a progressive artistic community has been a wonderful experience and has opened many doors for me both personally and professionally. Painting is my passion – it’s the thing I love to do more than anything else in the world. If I loved chocolate cake as much as I loved to paint I would weigh 4000 pounds. Exhibitions: N.I.M.B.Y.: Part of a group show. May 15 - Mon, May 17 2004 In Progress Fashion and art show: Part of a group show. July 10th 2004 Madusalon Solo Exhibition. Aug 16th - Oct 11
Country: United States
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