Jeremy Norton was born in Bournemouth on the South Coast of the UK in 1964. He grew up in Ipswich and Cambridgeshire, lived in the West Country in Bristol for many years and now lives in Barcelona, Spain and has been there for the last 9 years.
Jeremy came from an artistic family. His grandparents were actors and both his parents painted and drew. His father was a chef but painted in oils and his mother originally trained in Fabric Design.
After completing an Arts Foundation Course in Cambridge then a Degree in Fine Art Painting, Jeremy went on to complete a Post Graduate course in Computer Illustration in Bristol.
His original inspirations as a child were Disney Movies and periodic obsessions with trucks, castles and sailing galleons and in his teens the Impressionists and the work of Pablo Picasso. His current influences are many and widespread from the world of animation and illustration to Rembrandt, Titian and JMW Turner.
Jeremy would describe his work now as figurative painting focusing on light, color and mood to convey characters, stories and emotions and he works almost exclusively digitally on the Mac with his Wacom tablet as an Illustrator and Artist.
If he weren’t an artist and illustrator, Jeremy thinks he would probably still be a Graphic Designer. His favorite work at the moment is “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie.”
Another of his illustrations was recently exhibited in the Guardian Newspaper’s GuardianWitness Awards 2014. He is also a member of an important artistic community in Barcelona - LaNaveBCN Studios.
Jeremy’s hobbies and interests outside the artistic field are music, hiking, soccer, cooking, travel and architecture. He also has a short haired Lurcher called Floss. At the moment Jeremy’s favorite book is Patrick Leigh Fermor’s Trilogy of walking across Europe and his favorite current movies are Despicable Me 1 & 2.
He always listens to music or podcasts about art, sport or music. His musical tastes range hugely from jazz, classical, ethnic music to electronic and dance music.