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Joseph Norris
Fishing Village

24 x 36in 61 x 91.4cm
enamel on board

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000 CAD
Sold for:   $10,000 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Folk Art: Works by Maud Lewis & Joe Norris auction on Thursday, January 25, 2018
Joseph Norris
The Protestant Church at Terrance Bay

11 3/4 x 15 3/4in 29.8 x 40cm
enamel on board

Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000 CAD
Sold for:   $7,020 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's January 2011 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, January 27, 2011
Joseph Norris
Village in Winter

23 3/4 x 31 3/8in 60.3 x 79.7cm
oil on board

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000 CAD
Sold for:   $6,875 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Folk Art: Works by Maud Lewis & Joe Norris auction on Thursday, June 28, 2018
Joseph Norris
Gull Island

24 x 30in 61 x 76.2cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000 CAD
Sold for:   $6,875 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Canadian Art auction on Thursday, March 29, 2018
Joseph Norris
Lower Prospect

18 x 24in 45.7 x 61cm
enamel on board

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000 CAD
Sold for:   $5,938 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Folk Art: Works by Maud Lewis & Joe Norris auction on Thursday, January 25, 2018
Joseph Norris
Sheltered Cove, Looking Down

24 x 30in 61 x 76.2cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000 CAD
Sold for:   $5,558 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's August 2011 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, August 25, 2011
Joseph Norris
Coastal Scene

15 3/4 x 23 3/4in 40 x 60.3cm
oil on board

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000 CAD
Sold for:   $5,000 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Folk Art: Works by Maud Lewis & Joe Norris auction on Thursday, June 28, 2018
Joseph Norris
Winter Night

8 x 12in 20.3 x 30.5cm
oil on board

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000 CAD
Sold for:   $4,973 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's July 2008 auction on Thursday, July 31, 2008
Joseph Norris
Village

20 x 24in 50.8 x 61cm
acrylic on canvas

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000 CAD
Sold for:   $4,680 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's June 2013 - 4th Session auction on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Joseph Norris
Rita MacNeil on Cape Breton Island

14 x 18in 35.6 x 45.7cm
oil on panel

Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000 CAD
Sold for:   $4,600 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2004 auction on Thursday, May 27, 2004
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Joseph Norris

1925 - 1996

Joseph Norris was a folk artist known for his idealized visions of the life and landscape of Lower Prospect, Nova Scotia in paintings characterized by vivid colours and a strong sense of design. His work did not adhere to the traditional rules of perspective and drawing and was not influenced by art history or art theory, but rather by images from television. During his early years he also made models of villages, boats and lighthouses using found materials.

Norris grew up in stark poverty during the Great Depression - one of nine children, his father died in 1934. Plagued by illness and with a need to help support his mother through his earnings from fishing, Norris left school after grade four. His life became defined by hard work and a love of his home. Though he briefly took up painting at the age of 15 during a bout of pleurisy, it was not until the age of 49, after suffering a heart attack, that Norris turned to painting seriously.

It is estimated that Norris painted around two thousand artworks. His paintings began to gain notice not long after he began displaying them on the outside of his shed, and his works were first shown at the Mira Godard Gallery in Toronto. In 1976, thirteen of his paintings were included in the Folk Art of Nova Scotia exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. His paintings are now in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. In 1978, Norris had another pivotal exhibition at Dalhousie Art Gallery, Joe Norris: Paintings and Furniture, during which many works were acquired by important public and private collections. By the 1980s, Norris had gained success and popularity and was included in the National Museum of Manís exhibition From the Heart, which toured Canada, and he was featured in the CBC documentary film of the same name.

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