FOUR SCHOONERS AT ANCHOR
oil on canvas
24 ins x 36 ins; 61 cms x 91.4 cms
The charming paintings of Joe Norris are synonymous with the Nova Scotian experience. Norris records the daily life and seasonal changes of a small fishing village – its inhabitants and animals, schooners and houses – all in the vivid technicolour of his small paint pots.
As Chris Huntington writes, “Joe Norris is firstly an artist; secondly a folk artist. His work is bold, almost shockingly vibrant; it is cheerful, and as with most self-taught artists who are removed from the mainstream of society and its influences, it defines its own aesthetic. Above all, Norris’ work is GOOD ART! We are less interested here in the quaint folk artist than we are in the strong painter who reveals a part of his special world.”
Chris Huntington, “My Life with Joe Norris,” in Bernard Riordon, Joe Norris: Painted Visions of Nova Scotia, Goose Lane Editions, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2000, page 89.
Private Collection, Nova Scotia