Distinction Gallery (Escondido, California) is presenting British artist Paul Normansell‘s first solo exhibition in the United States. This exhibition is going to feature the artist’s new dot paintings as well as his figurative works and a number of prints on aluminum. Known as the creator of some of the most style-conscious imagery that define the shifting trends of popular culture, his works have received global acclaims from critics and collectors in the fashion as well as music industries.
Normansell will be present at the opening reception to meet, greet, and answer questions. Local artists within the building will have their studios open to the public where visitors can view many of their finished works and their working processes. Complimentary Wine and Stone Beer will be severed to guests (21+) and the Green Machine “Ciao Cupcake” truck will be parked in front of the gallery along side Americana Music.
June 13 – July 4, 2015
317 E Grand Ave
Escondido CA 92025
Each dot on Normansell’s paintings is different in size, shape and color. Each one of them is formed by high gloss enamel paint he applies freehand using a fine brush onto aluminum sheets to give his paintings the flawless reflective quality that mimics the pages of glossy magazines. To create perfect dots, the artist needs to apply them horizontally because propping his aluminum “canvases” upright on traditional easels would cause the enamel paint to sag and run before they dry. As he becomes more interested in a broader scope of fashion images, Normansell starts to branch out from his distinct dot portrait paintings and creates vibrant figurative paintings that alludes to the ‘unrealistic’ nature of fashion media imagery; and he creates this effect by combining intense saturated colors with flat and bold execution.
No digital or printed image can ever reflect the impact of Normansell’s works. The overwhelming vibrancy of his paintings, along with the reflections and highlights created by his medium of choice – glossy paints and shiny aluminum “canvas” – can only be fully appreciated in person. So, if you happen to be in the area, stop by the gallery and view his works in person. I’d love to hear what you think. So, feel free to share your thoughts by writing a comment on this page (below).