Bio

Venetia Norris_015VENETIA NORRIS ASGFA lives and works in London, UK.

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 draw it onto paper, every line building into a shape, every shape helping me find my way forward.

SELECTED CV

MEMBERSHIP
Associate Member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art, Putney Artists & Axisweb

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

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
2019
Exhibition of prints, Winterbourne House & Garden, University of Birmingham, B15 2RT

2017
Inspired by Nature, Venue: Tower 42, Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HN   January – March.  

2015
Layered Drawings, North London Collegiate School

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

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018
Florilegium 2018, Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Pl, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE, dates to tbc

2017
Wandsworth Artist Open House, Venue: Century 21 Putney, 140 Upper Richmond Road, London SW15 2SW, 7-8 and 14-15 October 10am-6pm

VK Gallery Autumn Exhibition, Venue: VK Gallery, 18A Bridge St, Saint Ives PE27 5EG, September

London Print Studio Members Summer Exhibition, Venue: LPS, 425 Harrow Road London
W10 4RE, 14 July-25August

Capel Manor House & Garden Show, group exhibition, Venue: Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield 

Bankside Biennale, Society of Graphic Fine Artists, Venue: Bankside Gallery, London 

SGFA Group Exhibition, Venue: Grierson Galleries, 45a High Street, Sevenoaks, Kent 

A walk on the wild side, group exhibition Venue: RK Burt Gallery, 57-61 Union St, London 

Black Swan Arts, Venue: Black Swan, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset 

Botanical Beauty, Venue: Riverside Gallery, Old Town Hall, Richmond 

Tower 42, exhibiting a series of drawings, Venue: Tower 42Old Broad Street, London

London Creative Network, SHOWCASE, Venue: SPACE Studios, London

2016
Windsor Contemporary Art Fair, stand 140, Windsor Racecourse  

DRAW16 – Society of Graphic Fine Arts, Menier Gallery, London  

Putney Artists Open House, Venue: Zinc White, London  

Open Art Spaces, Faron Sutaria, London  

Capability Now, Orleans House Gallery, London  

Chapel Cottage Open Studios Event, Monmouthshire, Wales  

The Other Art Fair, Victoria House, London  

2015
Floral Variation, Oil & Water Gallery, Wandsworth, London

Wandsworth Artists Open House, Hurlingham Yacht Club

Sculpture on the Farm, Barwell Gallery, Leighton Buzzard

Wonderful Wandsworth, Oil & Water Gallery, 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

2017
Chapel Cottage Studio, Wales, Experimental Drawing Workshop with Venetia 13th May 2017

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, Dukes and Enjoy Education.

INTERVIEWS
2015
365 Artists | 365 Days Project, New York, USA (link) 

2011
Art of England, Pen to Paper; Venetia Norris’s Floral Fascination, October 2011, Issue 36, UK