Norman's inspirations have been actively meeting paper for eight years. He has always depicted things around him in various ways, in many media, creating drawings and paintings, dabbling at artistic projects, honing talents, learning lessons, giving his work as gifts to friends and family, and seeing who actually hung it on their walls.
Norman was raised in Texas, educated in public schools and finally escaped captivity in 1971. He wandered Texas, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, and finally migrated back to Texas in 1980. After arriving in Austin he focused on making a living practicing another art form, restoring antique motorcycles. In his spare time Norman played keyboard in rock bands, promoting music events with artistic flyers and posters.
The pivotal moment came during a 2008 trip to Italy with the Texas State University's Study Abroad Program. Norman's eyes were opened to graphite on paper as a fine art medium. During that trip he realized there is a direct link between human history and art. After experiencing Roman, Italian Renaissance and modern art, Norman began to create his art in a new way, exploring graphite techniques and historic subject matter. Studying Wassily Kandinsky's Point and Line to Plane mated abstract principles to objective realism, creating the dramatic perspectives and unusual viewpoints that give Norman's art a photo surrealistic ambiance. Norman's drawings record little details of his experience of human history, interpreting, transforming and wondering why.
Motorcycles, iconic architecture, and travel remain important sources of inspiration.
Recent drawings are created on 19 x 24 cream white 100lb vellum of light or medium tooth. Standard graphite pencils 2H through 12B are employed in creating the lights, darks and details. Various smudgers, kneaded erasers and surface tricks are used to create some of the textural effects with and against the tooth of the paper.
Norman Bean joined Fine Art America on January 9th, 2012.