Bio and CV


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

Contact: n.barney@gmail.com

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.

Residencies

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

Upcoming Shows

Art Gallery of Mississauga Jan. 2018 Visual Arts Mississauga’s 40th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts

Gallery 1313 July 2018 TBA


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

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

Grants

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

Awards

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.