Bio and CV

Norman Barney (Born in Saginaw, Michigan, Resides in Petrolia and on Manitoulin Island, Ontario) Contact at:

Norman Barney is a multimedia 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. His work is a sophisticated form of Outsider Art or Art Singular. Norm is also a member of an Art Singular group called Remix Collective.

Education: Self-educated.


Inside Outside Upside Down Remix Collective Virtual art show at Galerie Colline, Edmunston, New Brunswick, Feb. 11 to June 11, 2021


Upcoming virtual residency with La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, Sudbury Ontario August to November 2021. To be followed by a future show in the gallery.

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

Past Remix Collective Shows

Leamington Centre for the Arts, Leamington ON Remix Collective October 2019 with Karine Giboulo, Laurie Langford, Terry Graff, and Claude Bolduc

Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ontario We Come in Pieces July and August, 2019

Popup show at Norman’s studio September, 2018

Featured Artist Show

Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery Sarnia, ON Curious and Curiouser 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

Cambridge Art Galleries, Idea Exchange, Cambridge ON Common Waters June to Sept. 2019

Victoria Hall, Petrolia ON May 2019 Kitsch Diversions with Jane Austin

Gallery 1313, Toronto July 2018 Reuse/Remix With Laurie Langford

Art Gallery of Mississauga 2018 Visual Arts Mississauga 40th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts

ARTspace, Chatham, Ontario World of Kitsch with Jane Austin 2017

Tangent Gallery, Detroit, Michigan Breaking Borders Juried Show 2016

Art Gallery of Mississauga 2017 Visual Arts Mississauga’s 39th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts

Glyde Hall Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff AB B.A.i.R. Group Show 2016

Thames Art Gallery Chatham ON Breaking Barriers 2015 and 2016

Group Shows The Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, MB Nov. 2014, 2015, and 2016

Gallery 1313 Toronto, ON The Sex Show Feb. 2014, 2015, and 2017

Gallery Lambton, Sarnia ON ‘Please God’ Sound/video Installation with Jane Austin 2010

Gallery Lambton, Sarnia, ON Paper Machete 2009

Common Ground Gallery, Windsor, ON Young Love 2003


Exhibition Assistance Grant for Reuse/Remix Gallery 1313 Ontario Arts Council 2018

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

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 produced a catalogue of Curious and Curiouser, which was released in April, 2016. This publication was 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. 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.