Two renowned artists visit Evan Lurie Gallery

A painting titled Union Jaquline by Michael Gorman. (Submitted image)
A painting titled Union Jaquline by Michael Gorman. (Submitted image)

By Adam Aasen

Two ‘unique’ artists’ works are now on display at the Evan Lurie Gallery in the Carmel Arts & Design District.

Michael Gorman, a painter with shows in Miami, New York and Los Angeles, will be painting in Lurie’s space and displaying bright, intense work about Americana. Thomas Norpell, of Martinsville, Ind., will be displaying his 3D art that involves using miniatures and shadow boxes.

“These are two unique, very different artists that I think people will love to see,” Lurie said. “And you can meet the artists, too.”

The exhibits debuted on June 13 and are planned to last for two weeks.

Norpell started off working in a variety of fields before starting his own design company in 1980, providing advertising design services for companies. During that time, his sculptures began to appear in art galleries all over the country. He started working in “bas reliefs” a type of sculpture that builds outward from a flat background. His subject is typically architecture and focuses more on the building’s character than just its anatomy.

Gorman’s painting mixes all different styles. He paints and draws in a frenzy with quick, energetic motions with thoughts from the brain going immediately into the brush. In one painting, he might use spray paint, stencils, traditional brush strokes, Pollock-esque paint drippings, hand-written words and textured painting.

“It’s fun to watch him paint,” Lurie said. “He puts a lot of passion into it.”

Gorman has more than 1,900 paintings in circulation in Los Angeles and around the world. He has three times received the Presidential Seal of Approval for Artist of the Year.

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