Norman Darvie was born in the Bronx, New York and comes from a family of artists where his siblings, uncles and cousins are and were painters, potters, sculptors and jewelry designers. Self-taught, he started painting at an early age and has mastered techniques in a variety of media: charcoal, pen & ink, pastels, watercolors, acrylics and oils, as well as figure sculpting in clay, wax and stone. Retired and a graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in Mathematics, he now lives in West New York, New Jersey and continues his art work in his home studio.
Norman is a lifetime member of the Art Students League and a Fellow Maxima Cum Laude member of the American artists Professional League.
As a traditional painter and sculptor, I use many mediums to work with. My paintings have evolved from traditional landscapes and everyday life to more impressionistic and abstract expressionism.
In my recent paintings, in oil, pastel and acrylics, I concentrate on form and function, using the human figure together with vivid color compositions. I try to convey movement in a sensuous way bringing together the subject of the painting or sculpture and the style of the composition. For example, pointillism and blending of colors lends itself to an easy fluid like movement as the eye travels over the canvas.
Most of my paintings are created from my traveling experiences and from the influence of all the great artists both visual and literary.
In my sculpture pieces, form and function of our anatomy is my primary objective to portray gesture and movement in my figures. Most of my pieces are composed from life using allegorical themes. I work in clay and wax and have had several pieces cast in bronze, and my latest work includes carving in stone.