Eric Norman

Background Info

Date of Birth: 29/10/1964

Totem: -

Language: Thaayorre

Clan: Thaayorre

Biography

Eric was born in Pormpuraaw and went to school here. 

He started painting as an adult. His first work was a simple painting of his mother, father, a child, three dogs and a seagull. When he finished this work, he thought God was telling him to keep painting. 'God decided that I was a painter, and he guided me'.

Eric mainly paints works about the wetland (Pambe) - country around his homeland, Bull Lake and Catfish Yard. He loves how the early wet season brings the country alive with colour of many different flowers, and the Pambe is filled with birds - Magpie Geese, Black Ducks and Cranes.

He also likes to paint these landscapes at night when the moon is full and it's possible to sit quietly and listen to the sounds of Nature.

Group Exhibitions

2019 CIAF - Cairns Indigenous Art Fair - Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal , Cairns QLD
2015 Ground: Language, Land & Story - Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane QLD

Collections

National Museum of Australia, Canberra ACT

Bibliography

2018 Pormpuraaw : stories, art, language. [Pormpuraaw Arts & Culture Centre Inc.] Pormpuraaw, Qld : Pormpuraaw Arts & Culture Centre Inc © 2018
2016 Pormpuraaw: Cultural Uses For Plants. [Pormpuraaw Arts & Culture Centre Inc.] Pormpuraaw, Qld : Pormpuraaw Arts & Culture Centre Inc © 2016

Themes

Traditional Stories

Fish and ocean animals

Homelands

Mediums

Acrylic on Canvas

Print Making

Artefact

Acrylic on Wood

Acrylic paint on plywood

Ghost net, Plastic Trellis and Twine.