Over 50 unseen watercolors by the cartoonist and joke book editor/illustrator
This week, we added new information to the exhibit. It tells you more about the artist behind the art; from a check he had in his wallet when he died to his own typed-up bio and a letter to Norment from his aunt! Very personal stories in a very thoughtful exhibit of Norment’s art . If you don’t already know of him and his work or you appreciate mid-century style art, come see this show while you can.
Also open regular show hours 12 noon to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.
This is the first gallery exhibition since 1980 of John Norment’s watercolor paintings. John Murray Norment (1911-1988) was a highly accomplished cartoonist, with drawings published in the New York Times, The New Yorker and countless other newspapers and magazines. His oeuvre includes two covers for The New Yorker, work on more than a dozen joke books from the 50s to the 70s…and this rarely seen foray into finer art.
Can’t make it during the posted hours above or the Closing Show March 11th?
Call to let me know when you can come: Alex
(two one three) nine two five – nine two three two
The fine-art watercolors in the New Puppy show were discovered by Norment’s niece after his death in 1988. Most are abstracts featuring vivid Mid-Century geometric designs; each is heavily influenced by cartooning techniques. A few are more illustrative, including two rejected cover submissions to The New Yorker .
Displayed with the paintings will be a selection of traditional camera-ready art boards from cartoons submitted to The Saturday Evening Post , Collier’s, Saturday Review and others throughout the 50s. Here you see Norment’s playful cartooning style combining absurdity, succinct one-liners gags – and occasionally racy humor.
His quirky sense of humor is most evident in the many joke books he edited and/or illustrated. Personified birds, fish and other animals appear in these cartoons: a group of fish has the tagline “Don’t I remember you from school?”