Our featured presenter will be Norwalk artist Norman Siegel, discussing his photorealist and trompe l’oeil oil paintings. See his attached: “Louis Bleriot at the First Paris Air Show, 1909”.
Norm graduated from High School of Industrial Art, now called Art & Design, and Cooper Union. Inspired in sixth grade by some of the art he saw led to his later selling illustrations of monsters for the cover of a magazine, and much later on, working as an art director at various advertising agencies. He is still active in advertising and graphic design.
In a career spanning over 40 years, he has won most every award in the industry and has three commercials in the permanent collection of the Paley Center. When not art directing, he paints in the style that first inspired him back in the sixth grade. He says that most of his subjects satisfy that kid in him that loves all things having to do with aviation and astronomy.
In 2000, Norm joined the American Society of Aviation Artists and a few years later, the Air Force Art Program. Both have given him the opportunity to have his work exhibited in the many aviation museums throughout the country and to be part of the their permanent collections and those of the Pentagon and the United States Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. The Air Force Art Program has also given him the opportunity to fly in many of our latest, hottest and biggest aircraft..
His Awards include “The Star of Excellence” from Lockheed Martin, and Aviation Week magazine’s “Best of The Best” award, 2011. Norm is presently a member of the Westport Art Center Collective and Area Artists.com in Connecticut. Almost thirty of his aerospace paintings are on exhibit at The Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport through the end of December.