Born July 18th, 1932 in Flushing, NY, Norma was an accomplished artist, co-founding the Prince Street Gallery in 1970. Her 12th solo show was in October 2004. Norma studied art history at Goucher and received her MFA from Columbia University in 1983. Her co-translation of Wolfflin’s “The Sense of Form in Art” was her thesis. All who knew Norma will miss the warmth and brightness she brought to their lives and choose to remember her getting that last run in after the lifts had closed, experiencing the fullness of the life she enjoyed so much. Norma died on July 26th, 2005 after a long battle with cancer.
NORMA A. SHATAN: CHANGING MOODS:
30 Years of Flower Paintings
by Robert Sievert
In her recent show of work at the Prince Street Gallery Ms. Shatan has put up paintings, drawings and etchings that she has done over the last thirty years. It is an interesting body of work that has movement and development.
The earliest work from the seventies show an artist’s careful observations of plant filled window sills. Her rendering of light and form are sensitive and appealing. She seems interested in presenting a quiet orderly world in a conventional manner.
Her later work takes off in new directions as her space flattens out and her renditions of jars filled with tulips become quirky designs that are surrounded with wonderfully pulsating areas of pinks and oranges. The leaves and blossoms have a powerful direct impact and the paintings seem to be something close to stained glass windows: luminous and translucent.
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