Norma is a Visual Artist, she works across a range of media, including sound and installation, however, she still retain a love for the simplicity of drawing. In addition to exhibiting her own work both at home and abroad; I have project managed, curated both solo and group shows, run programmes of workshops, plus taught and supported learning across a range of subjects within the creative industries sector. Norma recently completed an artist’s residency (in collaboration with photographer Shelly Newnham) at Darlington Covered Market. The outcome of this is being exhibited at Darlington Town Hall, from the beginning of December 16 to the end of February 2017.
Lady with Bird,
Richard Ernst Eurich
Eurich is considered to be one of the outstanding British artists of the 20th century,
with his work included within the collections of leading public galleries around the
world, as well provincial galleries throughout the UK. In 1922 Richard won a
scholarship to Bradford School of Arts & Crafts and moved to the Slade School of
Fine Art in 1924. Although he was an official War Artist to the Admiralty during the
Second World War, either side of that period, he also had a distinguished career as an
artist, and worked as a lecturer at Camberwell School of Art in his later career.
In 1929 he had his first solo show, at the Goupil Gallery in London’s West End,
which consisted entirely of pencil drawings, many minutely detailed and lovingly
crafted, motivated to production primarily from his imagination. The pencil drawing:
Lady with Bird, is one of the drawings which he exhibited there. It is thought that the
drawing would have been produced sometime between 1926-9. Eurich was inspired
to paint and draw what he loved, rather than follow fashion, convention or
commercial application. The diversity of his work is synonymous with that principle.
Lady Wythave, Norma Kyle
When I first came across the drawing Lady with Bird by Richard Eurich, found in the
Darlington Borough Art collection, I felt captivated by its mystery. Who was the lady,
and why was she holding a bird? Indeed, who was Richard Eurich and why was his
work in the collection here in Darlington? Wearing what appeared to be traditional
dress (possibly Flemish) this beautifully crafted drawing of a young woman, holding
a song bird, revealed few clues. Hard copy and electronic records gave away little
information, but I did manage to find a website dedicated to Eurich’s work. This in
turn led me to a family member - Philippa, and subsequently a researcher - Christine
Clearkin - keen to compile a catalogue raisonné of Eurich's work.