Internationally renowned wildlife and landscape artist, Larry Norton, will from December 7 to 9 be exhibiting some of his latest works at the Richard Rennie Art Gallery in Harare.
Norton was born and raised in Zimbabwe.
He has a passion for capturing the essence of Africa, its people, wildlife and landscapes.
He was recently commissioned to paint a massive three- metre wide canvas depicting Mana Pools in the Zambezi Valley and field trips were undertaken to research for this piece and it took four months to complete.
“This painting represents an essence of memories and experiences from the Zambezi Valley. It is based on the sighting of wild dogs in this same floodplain near the Rukomechi River, Mana Pools,” said Norton.
He said painting the scene on such a scale was a remarkable experience and the physical work of completing detail on so much canvas was daunting and hard.
His portrayals of Africa and other regions are the result of numerous expeditions in search of images and experiences and in 1992 he completed a year-long expedition across Africa with bush pilot Tom Claytor.
In 1995, he participated in a three-month expedition for National Geographic Television filming life on the Zambezi, from its source to the sea.
Larry has also featured in the Okavango Series, a documentary for French Television (Ushia TFI) on the Zambezi River and its course through Zimbabwe and Mozambique and onto the unique coastal island of Bazaruto.
In 1989 Larry received the Catasus Medal (the Society of Animal Artists’ most prestigious award).
He was also the winner of the Safari Club International inaugural art show in 1990 and in 1997, Larry was awarded the Activities Press Print Award by the Society of Animal Artists, Ohio, US.
The artist has held many successful one-man shows in New York, London, South Africa and Austria.
In the Valley of Memories will be on display at Larry’s exhibition in December and some of his works on sale at the exhibition.