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Emile Norman

Adele Bednarz Gallery

This exhibition marks the gallery’s formal opening. Norman, who lives in Big Sur, also maintains a studio in Italy near the quarries of Carrara and the foundries of Florence. Periodically he returns to Japan and the new year will find him on safari in Africa sketching the animals and birds which are his favorite subject matter. Self-taught, Norman works in wood, stone, bronze and endomosaics with equal skill. Four Seasons, an innovation of cast bronze, a disk encircled with a separate casting representing the sun’s rays, is mounted on a cloth scroll on which he has sketched an ascending design in pencil which just approaches the too decorative.

His White Bird, a marble with five colored, feather-shaped inlay is reduced to the barest essentials, making the piece a poem of understatement. Osprey, a large wood sculpture with inlay (a technique he calls endomosaics) and a large, rhythmic horse

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