NORTON PEASE EXHIBITION
Reception: April 29, 2021 | 5:30 p.m.
S. Norton Pease’s artwork encompasses both abstract and figurative
portrayals that synthesize different traditions and genres while playing with
perceptions of identity and social order. The paintings are an accumulation of
various stylistic influences, which he uses to address political and social issues.
He is engaged in both current events and day-to-day life; the work roots itself
in life experiences and his understanding through illustrative means.
Norton tends to use the colonizing imagery of vintage children’s books
as source material, which takes on new meaning through a contemporary
context. That figuration finds its way into his recent work, which is reflective
of his relocation to the South in 2018. The paintings begin with an idea, the
image that he wants to convey. Of course, there are always discoveries
by way of accidents through the process of creation, but the underlying
concept still resonates.
Norton received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in
1999 and is an Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Humanities as
well as Professor of Art in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at
Georgia Southern University.