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Norman Burnham White

Artist member since 2021
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Calgary, Alberta

Norman Burnham White is a Calgary based artist working primarily in acrylic on canvas. His work features a single, boldly presented subject. He is influenced by early 20th century immigration, settlement and railway posters by AC Leighton and others. His earlier work incorporated words in the surface of the painting; the newer work centres around infrastructure and industrial themes. Norman’s work can be found in several corporate and institutional collections, including the City of Calgary, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Grant MacEwan University, Mount Royal University, and University of Alberta Hospitals.


Work

One New Part
Norman Burnham White
  • 36" x 24"
  • $1500 buy — $75 try

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Q+A

How long have you been creating art?

Since the 1970s!

Which piece of art you've created is your favourite, and why?

“Mile 99,” among the more recent paintings. It’s an iconic Canadian image: the CPR in the Rockies, in front of Castle Mountain. The colours show you can do more with paint than with photography.

What do you listen to when you work?

I have quite an extensive playlist. David Bowie, Joe Jackson, Glenn Gould, Billy Bragg, David Byrne, Stan Ridgway, and a host of others..

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

Highway coach driver

Coffees per day and from where

Two or three, usually at home. I actually like both Tim’s and Starbucks.

Select Past Exhibitions
2019

Jubilee Auditoria, Calgary and Edmonton
Shaping Alberta

1995

Art is Vital Gallery, Calgary
Reading the Image

1993

Truck, Calgary
Disturbed Areas

1987

London Regional Art Gallery, London, and touring to Calgary, Victoria, Montreal, Fredericton, Mississauga
London Life Young Contemporaries

1985

Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge
Points North

1985

Ace Art, Winnipeg
In the Public Domain

1984

Off Centre Centre, Calgary
Contemporary Art in Southern Alberta (A Selection)

Accolades
1985


Purchase Prize Award, McDonald’s Fine Art Collection Competition

Residencies
1987

Banff Centre, Banff
Leighton Artist Colony

1983

Banff Centre, Banff
Winter Cycle

Education
1982

Alberta College of Art
Diploma in Visual Art, majoring in Painting

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