Owen Normand is a Scottish contemporary painter who studied at the Edinburgh College of Art. He paints figurative portraits, landscapes and still lifes; the key focus of Normand’s work is to explore the impermanence of all things.
Capturing the ephemeral
Normand has always been fascinated by painting, and as a teenager he sold a painting to the renowned Scottish artist John Byrne, which gave him the confidence to pursue art professionally. Normand is interested in capturing a fleeting poignancy in his work: showing a moment that will inevitably fade. His work is characterised by a bittersweet atmosphere and an awareness of the passing of all things.
Normand’s style can be described as expressive realism, where both observation and creativity play key roles. He works almost exclusively in oils, beginning with a monochromatic underpainting where he plans the compositions and works out the tonal values. The light is of key importance in Normand’s work, and he favours strongly lit images, where shadows become as important as the physical objects themselves.
Artist on the rise
Normand has exhibited widely in the UK and overseas in Germany, the USA, and Portugal. In 2013 he won the Young Artist Award at the prestigious BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery. Normand’s work features in private collections worldwide in the USA, Mexico, Australia and Hong Kong.