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Mark Norval


Artist Background

Mark Norval

For more than twenty years Mark has lived and worked in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. His enthusiasm and love for the north shines through all of his paintings. Born in country Western Australia in 1958, his family moved to Canberra when he was two years old. His father, also a painter whose work has been described by Mark as “weird, wonderful masterpieces of the Australian interior
” died when Mark was sixteen. From then he was raised by his mother alone, along with three sisters. Mark completed his schooling in Canberra excelling in sport. Aussie rules and cricket in particular overtook his early interest in art.

While growing up in suburbia Mark admits to a subconscious calling to the bush. During his teens he would return to Western Australia to visit relatives near Perth. He eventually returned to Perth to gain a teaching degree, majoring in art and minoring in physical education. It was then he met Leon Pericles, as an emerging West Australian artist. He was part time lecturer at the Nedlands College of Advanced Education teaching drawing, painting and printmaking. During Marks final two years at teacher's college, he worked as an apprentice printmaker in Leon's studio at Mt Lawley in Perth.
In 1980 Mark held his first exhibition at the newly opened Quer and married in 1983. Now having a family of three daughters Alicia, Sarah & Jemma. For 16 years Mark taught art at Derby District High School before moving to the Mowanjum Arts Centre in 1997 as a TAFE art lentin Gallery in Claremont. He met his wife Mary that year. They moved to Derby together.
His exhibitions and awards have been numerous and his work is represented in collections of Australia Artbank, Lord Alistair McAlpine, Art Gallery of Western Australia library, Collection of the Governor-General, Stanford University (USA), Education Department of WA, Shire of Derby West Kimberley, Shire of Broome, Maxima Pearls, Western Metals and numerous private collections around the world.
Mark Norval is a talented scoundrel who has migrated to the most surreal and beautiful place on earth. His output is stunning because he possesses the one thing that all great artists need – a burning desire to communicate his peculiar and unique vision of the world around him.” – Don Burke, Burkes back Yard.

1978 Australian Tertiary Art Students Exhibition, Adelaide SA
1979 Nedlands College – Final Year Exhibition, Perth WA
1980 Quentin Gallery, Perth WA
1982 Derby Art Gallery, Derby WA
1983 Derby Art Gallery, Derby WA
1984 Broome Art Gallery, Broome WA
1985 Derby Art Gallery, Derby WA
1986 Goodridge Gallery, Perth WA
1987 Goodridge Gallery, Perth WA
1989 Derby Art Gallery, Derby WA
1989 Broome Art Gallery, Broome WA
1989 Goodridge Gallery, Perth WA
1990 International Gallery, Perth WA
1990 Colours of Australia, San Francisco, CA, USA
1990 Magic of Australia, Portsmouth, NH, USA
1990 Derby Art Gallery, Derby WA
1992 The Golden Exhibition Burswood, Perth WA
1992 Derby Art Gallery, Derby WA
1993 Kimberley Fine Diamonds, Kununurra WA
1994 Derby Art Gallery, Derby WA
1994 Kimberley Fine Diamonds, Kununurra WA
1996 Rejoice Australia – Australia Day, Perth WA
1996 Sydney or the Bush, Sydney NSW
1997 Shinju Matsuri Exhibition, Broome WA
1997 Colours of the Kimberley, Melbourne VIC
1997 Kimberley Artist, Sydney NSW
1998 Kimberley Encounters, Melbourne VIC
1998 Kimberley Encounters, Sydney NSW
2005 Kimberley Printmakers Exhibition, Broome 6 Gallery WA
2006 Outlaw, Broome 6 Gallery WA
2007 1967, Broome 6 Gallery, WA
2008 Regional Influences ( with Pilbara artist David Hooper ) , Broome 6 Gallery, WA

Mark's major awards are;
Kimberley Art Prize - Outright Winner 1984, 1994, 1995, 1998 and 2000.
Kimberley Art Prize - Painting - 1993, 1995, 1998
Kimberley Art Prize 1984,1985,1986,1990, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2001,
Kimberley Art Prize Watercolour, 1982, 1984, 1996, 1998, 1999
Kimberley Art Prize Mixed Media 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1996, 1997, 2005
Shinju Matsuri - Outright winner 1996
Shinju Matsuri Painting 1985, 1987, 1989
Shinju Matsuri Drawing 1987
Shinju Matsuri Printmaking 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1999
Australia Day Artist (W.A.) 1996
TAFE Lecturer of the Year WA 1999
Centenary Medal Recipient - for contribution to the arts in 2002