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detail: Untitled (Jet Still Life), 2015, acrylic ink on canvas, 40 x 53.5" , 101.6 x 135.89 cm
While making art continuously since I arrived in New York in the early nineties, I've also worked as an architect, set designer, music video and commercial director, graphic designer, interior designer, event designer/producer and on-air spokesperson for my own brand of bedding and home accessories sold exclusively on QVC in the UK. Along with growing up black and gay in homogenous midwestern communities where the overwhelming majority of people didn't look like me or my family, all of these professional and lived experiences inform my art practice and allow me to tap into diverse areas of expertise and understanding to realize my artistic work.
Since I was very young, I've always had an unabating curiosity about why people and things are the way they are and I've used art to help me figure it out. Admittedly, the inquiry inevitably results in more curiosity but it also yields physical evidence, by way of whatever I've created, of the issue I was curious about.
The work itself often deals with the intersections of identity, race and class through the creation of visual metaphors, often layered, which I use to examine and/or challenge socio-economic and socio-political constructs and stereotypes.
Ultimately, the art I make attempts to both question and divine answers from what's happening around me. -RLN
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Selected Bibliography & Mentions
Full disclosure: the Wikipedia page is sadly outdated (I didn't create it) and I've zero idea how to update it... so grain of salt.
Wikipedia, "Ron Norsworthy"
Viteri, Barbara, "Exclusive: Meet A Designerlebrity’s Best Portrait Photographer, Alan Barry", designerlebrity.com, February 2, 2017
"On Our Radar", Happening in the Hills
La Piana, Maria, "Pastoral Mission", New England Home, Summer 2015
Fernandes, Teresa, "On Our Radar", Happening in the Hills 2015
Bewkes, Stacey, "A Day of Design at the Mayflower Grace", quintessenceblog.com, June 3, 2014
Corragio, Jack, "Ron Norsworthy's Inkblot Art...", Lichfield County Times, February 27, 2013
Montebello, Joseph, "High Aesthetics Trumps All Else, Ron Norsworthy's Plot Line", Passport Magazine, Litchfield County Times, Summer 2013
QVC, "GO BEHIND THE SCENES AT N.HOME...", blogs.qvcuk.com, March 19, 2013
QVC, "DESIGNER RON NORSWORTHY ON HIS NEW N HOME COLLECTION", blogs.qvcuk.com, October 8, 2012
Copage, Eric V., "Love Central", New York Magazine, June 15, 2008, p. 5
Reddick, John T., "Future Designs on Harlem", STUDIO The Studio Museum of Harlem Magazine, Fall-Winter 2007, p.22
"Ron Norsworthy on the Tyra Show, Pt. 2", youtube.com, November 13, 2007
Bober, Joanna, "How to do Anything Better Guide *Special TV Edition", Glamour Magazine, June 2005, p. 251
Golden, Thelma, "harlemworld: Metropolis as Metaphor", The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2004, p. 118
Kahn, Eve M., "Power to the Paper", I.D. The International Design Magazine, November 2004, p. 87
Smith, Dinitia, "Adolescent Angst is on Location in Harlem", New York Times, August 12, 2004
Muschamp, Herbert, "ARCHITECTURE REVIEW: Metaphors Rise in Harlem", New York Times, February 13, 2004
McGee, Celia, "TAKE THE A (RT) TRAIN," New York Daily News, January 30, 2004
Fine, Sam, "Fine Beauty", Riverhead Books, 1999, p. 138-139