Tri-cities, TN | Painting
Andrew Norris' creative practice contains image manipulation and old master techniques in oil painting. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN and is currently a graduate student in the MFA program at the University of Florida. As the recipient of the Graduate School Fellowship Award for the duration of his graduate study, Andrew also serves as the Coordinator for the 2020 FACC Student Juried Exhibition and the elected representative of Studio Art and Art Education. Andrew’s recent work is based in subjects of Queer Theory and Queering Art History, to further this research he is currently seeking a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies through the Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies Research at the University of Florida.
By taking advantage of oil paint’s luminosity to construct alternative realities in space, I use saturated colors and thin glazes to create semi-realistic figures that evoke a sense of hyper masculinity and sexuality. Advertisements, especially ones utilizing trendy celebrities, has been the main influence in my recent work that combines exploration of comic book iconography. I am interested in images of desire in the way that mimics the format of high fashion photography while amplifying the masculine ideal.
Through these paintings, I hope to understand and articulate my own desire toward the masculine ideal body. There is a relationship of dichotomy in ideas about male beauty, both of existing in the world of it and outside of it. My paintings have their own logic and rules, maintaining their own believably in the space while also referencing impossible physics made by digital collage.