Norman Brooke is a multi-media artist whose practice incorporates techniques, and materials from a wide range of disciplines. Archaeology, pre-history and imagination are the basis of his work. His recent works resemble archaeological artifacts found at the dig site of some unearthed civilization.
He is influenced by the work of the British sculpture, Henry Moore. Moore's large flowing forms seem to straddle the landscape and change with the light and seasons. Moore was inspired by the human body, by organic shapes found in nature and by the sculpture of ancient and exotic cultures such as Egypt, Africa and pre-Columbian Mexico. Moore states that "there are universal shapes to which everyone is subconsciously conditioned and to which they can respond if their conscious control does not shut them off."
Norman Brooke's works are centred, organized, textured, coherent and contained; their resonance allows the viewer to feel that his shapes and forms are not his invention: but they are isolated, out-of-context, unearthed, imaginary archaeological artifacts from some past or future world.
Norman was born in Montreal, Quebec and is living in the rural Eastern Townships of Quebec. He received a BA in Communication Arts from Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec and a BA in Fine Arts from Bishop's University, Lennoxville, Quebec.
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