PAUL NORMANSELL’S art has received global acclaim from critics and collectors in the fashion and music industries, being hailed as some of the most style-conscious imagery to define the shifting trends of popular culture.
Normansell was born in 1978 in Birmingham, United Kingdom, into
a working class family. He spent most of his schooldays paying
little attention to the lessons and more time doodling. It was at
this stage that he began experimenting with circles and dots, which
became prominent features in his later work.
His art teacher Mrs. Kimble noticed his individual creative talent
and quickly took him under her wing. His keen interest in music was
beginning to influence his work, and led to a prolonged phase of
'visual sound' imagery.
"The foundation of my work originates from the relationship
between art and music. I wanted to try and create a link between
colour, shape and sound. My abstract paintings are based on colour
studies exploring how colours can stimulate feelings, emotions
within a person, the different meanings each colour has, and it's
power to evoke a certain response from the viewer."
After completing his 1st Class Honours degree at the
Birmingham Institute of Fine Art, Normansell
exhibited his work. His first post-graduate collection was
immediately sold out even though the prices were extraordinarily
high (£1200.00) for such a little known artist. A gallery
owner spotted his talent and instantly signed him up.
A major step in Paul's artistic evolution was the iconic portrait
work, which entered the world of high fashion through on-trend
images of ultimate desirability and unattainable perfection. High
profile fashion assignments have included a range of portraits of
supermodels Kate Moss and Agyness
The work caught the attention of major fashion brands after
appearing in ultra-cool style journals.
In 2008, Normansell was personally approached by Brandon
Flowers, frontman of US rock band The
Killers. A fan of Paul's work, Flowers commissioned him to
create the cover artwork for their third album 'Day &
Age', which is now multi-platinum, selling over 3 million
copies to date. Rolling Stone Magazine
championed the artwork voting it as 'the best album cover of
Following a string of sell out shows and media attention Paul has
become one of the most sought after contemporary artists, receiving
international acclaim and exhibiting as far afield as Japan, the
United States and Australia.