Norval Watson’s mission is to make art that invites further investigation:
“There has never been a better time to be an artist, with new challenges, new media, and an abundance of alternative channels for sharing new and old work.”
He began his art practice painting surfboards in the early 1970s, and has been exhibiting in pop-up galleries and independent spaces since 1988. His work is held in many private collections.Please visit instagram.com/norvalwatson for the latest art news from Norval Watson.
norv2001 at gmail dot com
Making stuff is what I do, and making art is what I do best.
Norval Watson was born in Australia in 1957. He sketched prolifically in his childhood but did not respond well to formal art education in school.
He began building custom surfboards in his early teens.
After leaving school Norval worked in print media, and made several short films.
In 1990 he created a pop-up exhibition of paintings in a warehouse in South Melbourne, and has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions since then.
In 2006 Norval's spinal cord was crushed in a cycling accident and he became an incomplete quadruplegic for life.
He has lived and worked in a small town on Australia's East coast since 1995, and he works at his art practice every day.
2010 Tigerfish Gallery, Torquay, Victoria
2007 Tigerfish Gallery, Torquay
1998 Something old, new, borrowed, blue… Ruskin St, Byron Bay, NSW
1997 Norval’s Junk World, Byron Bay
1997 Eclectic Selection, Byron Bay
1996 Orient Restaurant, Byron Bay
1995 Drawings, Saratoga Club, Melbourne, Victoria
1994 Works on paper, Cafe Primavera, Geelong, Victoria
1994 Lobby show, Napier Street Theatre, Melbourne
1994 Moved to abstraction, Saratoga Club, Melbourne
1991 Enter the Dreaming, Base, South Melbourne
1990 Base, South Melbourne
1988 Longforest Gallery, Central Victoria
Sound and music:
2009 Debut album “Unwell” released on Soundcloud and CD.
1980s Various soundtrack work on feature films and mini-series
2015 Crescent Art Classic, Crescent Head, NSW
2012 Byron Art Classic, Byron Bay, NSW
2011 Food, still@thecenter, Byron Bay, NSW
2011 Byron Art Classic
2000 Soul Surfer 2, Tugun, Queensland
1999 Salon de Refuses (Archibald Prize), S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1999 Soul Surfer, Broadbeach Gallery, Qld.
1996 Kicking Arts, Byron Bay
1996 Groundswell, Epicentre, Byron Bay
1994 Across the Rip, Tidal Wave IV, Sorrento, Victoria
1994 Summer show, Torqing Arts, Torquay, Victoria
1993 Struggle and Protest, Torqing Arts, Torquay
1993 Target Art Award, Geelong, Victoria
1993 The Big Break, Torquay
1993 Tidal Wave 2, Queenscliff, Victoria
1992 Surfering Artists , Torquay
1992 Tidal Wave 1 Queenscliff
1998-2000 Peter Pan’s Travel Centre, Byron Bay, NSW
1996 Byron Bay Bunkhouse, Byron Bay
1990 Bortolotto’s Cafe Menis, St Kilda, Victoria
1988 Data Express, South Melbourne, Victoria
1988 Triffids Restaurant, Philip Island, Victoria
1988 El Tropo Restaurant, Lancelin, WA
Film and video:
2000-2015 – various short videos: Vimeo Channel … YouTube channel
1988 – Camera, “Savage Cuts II”, for Rip Curl
1987 – Co-producer, “Savage Cuts”, with Peter “PK” Kirkhouse, for Rip Curl
1980 “Zok”, 16 mins, 16mm
Australian Surfing World, Tracks Magazine, Surf Australia, Surfer USA, Surfing USA, Breakaway, Freesail