About Mike Norris
Mike Norris was born in Hampshire, England in 1957. Intrigued with the world of nature from an early age Norris recalls being given a copy of the 'Book of British Birds' as a twelve year old .... 'that book changed my life' he says. Norris began sketching birds and wildlife and his undoubted talent was recognized and encouraged by art teacher, Berrisford Hill. Hill, who exhibited professionally at a long established Dorset gallery, praised the manner in which Norris captured the essence of the species.
This gift is even more apparent in the outstanding bronze sculptures that Norris now creates. Extensive studies and sketching of wild life subjects, both here and overseas, are the initial step. In this very 'hands on' process, the works are caste at a leading Wellington foundry using the traditional lost- wax method. In 2005 a Norris sculpture of the New Zealand Grey Duck was exhibited at the 'Birds in Art' exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin, USA. In 2008 International Art Centre hosted the long awaited and resoundingly successful solo exhibition, 'Worlds Apart'. In recent years Norris has caste two unique equine subjects and finds 'there are not enough hours in the day to bring to life everything I want to do.'
Currently the artist is based in the United Kingdom but spends at least three months of each year in New Zealand creating works for International Art Centre. These sculptures are appreciated and collected by buyers worldwide.