Bio and CV
Norman Barney (Born in Saginaw, Michigan, Resides in Petrolia and on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada)
Norman Barney is a multi-media artist who currently works at his studios in Petrolia and on Manitoulin Island. His themes are based on cultural stereotypes, kitsch, nostalgia, and tourism. His work consists of wall hung and free-standing assemblages and paintings. His recent acrylic paintings utilize the odd interactions of bright colour, texture, pattern, collaged fabrics, found objects and shine by the addition of mirror paint, glitter, and bling. Continuing with his theme of cultural stereotypes, he also has been working with installation using found objects, kitsch, memorabilia, and furniture.
Education: Self-educated through constant visitation of art galleries throughout North America and Europe, reading many art books and magazines, residencies, and interactions and collaborations with many artists. His work is sophisticated Outsider Art.
UnPack Art Residency March 1 to March 23, 2017 Havana, Cuba
Banff Artist Independent Residency Sept. 11 to Oct. 8, 2016 Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta
Banff Artist Independent Residency June 1 to June 27, 2015 Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta
Featured Artist Show
Curious and Curiouser Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery Sarnia, ON Feb. 5th to May 11th, 2014 (with Ron Noganosh, the Doody’s, Karine Giboulo, Katherine Heard, James Kirkpatrick, Dagmara Genda, Chris Stones)
Selected Solo Shows
Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON Original Aboriginal Art August 2013
Spaha Lounge, Toronto, ON Aug. 2005
Lola's Lounge, Sarnia, ON Apr. 2005
Rogue's Gallery, Paisley, ON Nov. 2004
Gallery Lambton,. Sarnia, ON Sept. 2000
Arts on King, Toronto, ON Nov. 1994
Gallery Lambton, Sarnia, ON Aug. 1994
Kenneith Gallery, Sarnia, ON Feb. 1994
Kenneith Gallery, Sarnia, ON Jan. 1992
Selected Group Shows
The Remix Collective Leamington Arts Centre, Leamington, Ontario. September 24 to October 19, 2019.
Common Waters Cambridge Art Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario June 14 -Sept 15, 2019
We Come in Pieces Thames Gallery, Chatham, Ontario. July 13 to August 25, 2019.
World of Kitsch with Jane Austin Victoria Hall Petrolia, Ontario May 2019
Reuse/Remix with Laurie Langford Gallery 1313 Toronto, Ontario July 2018
Art Gallery of Mississauga Jan. 2018 Visual Arts Mississauga’s 40th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts
World of Kitsch 2017 ARTspace Chatham, Ontario, with Jane Austin
Breaking Borders 2016 Detroit Michigan Juried Show
Art Gallery of Mississauga 2017 Visual Arts Mississauga’s 39th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts
B.A.i.R. Group Shows Glyde Hall Gallery Banff Centre for the Arts Banff AB June 2015, Oct 2016
Breaking Barriers Thames Art Gallery Chatham ON 2016
Group Shows The Urban Shaman Winnipeg, MB Nov. 2014, 2015, and 2016
Breaking Barriers Thames Art Gallery Chatham ON April/May 2015
The Sex Show Gallery 1313 Toronto, ON Feb. 2014, 2015, and 2017
‘Please God’ Gallery Lambton, Sarnia ON Sound/video Installation with Jane Austin Nov. 2010
Paper Machete Gallery Lambton Sarnia, ON June 2009
Young Love Common Ground Gallery, Windsor, ON Mar. 2003
National and International Residency Grant Ontario Arts Council 2016
Exhibition Assistance Grant for Curious and Curiouser Ontario Arts Council 2014
Exhibition Assistance Grant for Original Aboriginal Art Ontario Arts Council 2013
Exhibition Assistance Grant for Please God! Ontario Arts Council 2010
Honorable Mention Look Show, Gallery Lambton, Sarnia ON 2002
People's Choice Award Look Show, Gallery Lambton, Sarnia ON 1996
People's Choice Award Look Show, Gallery Lambton, Sarnia ON 1998
2nd Place Look Show, Gallery Lambton, Sarnia ON 1994
1st Place Environmental Show Bear Creek Studio Juried Show, Petrolia, ON 1991
1st Place Black and White Show Bear Creek Studio Juried Show, Petrolia, ON 1990
Publications and Videos and Artist Talks
The Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery has produced a catalogue of Curious and Curiouser, which was released in April, 2016. This publication is written and produced by the Director/Curator, Lisa Daniels, designed by Lisa Kiss and photographed by Toni Hafkenscheid.
Articles in the Sarnia Observer (Feb. 5, 2014), Petrolia Topic (Wed. Feb. 5, 2014), and the Petrolia Independent (Thurs. Feb. 13, 2014) regarding the show Curious and Curiouser at the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery (Feb. 7-May 11, 2014). As the featured artist, Norman Barney had 50 artworks on display in Curious and Curiouser. This was a group show about the art of assemblage. Displayed with Barney’s work was work by Ron Noganosh, Jorden and David Doody, Dagmara Genda, Karine Giboulo, Katherine Heard, James Kirkpatrick and Ron Stones.
There are other, older articles about earlier art shows from the Sarnia Observer and the Petrolia Topic about all of his earlier shows.
The Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery produced a 5 minute video interview with Norman Barney which was on display at the Gallery during Curious and Curiouser. It is now in their archives. Cinematography- Jane Austin, Produced and edited by the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery, 2014.
Introducing Norman Barney 1 minute and 44 seconds. Directed and edited by Laura Keightley.
Cinematography and Production by David Gruer. 2013
Norm Barney: Eye on the Artist 60 minute video produced and aired on television by TVCogeco 2014
Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery Lecture Series Thoughts on Curious and Curiouser Feb. 13, 2014
Gallery Lambton Introduction to Please God! Nov. 5, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Lambton Introduction to Paper Machete June 12, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Lambton Group Discussion- Paper Machete June 18, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
Norman’s works are in private collections in Ontario, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Georgia, Florida, California, and London, England.