CSA Artist Spotlight: Keith Norval

Introducing the Artspace CSA, a new way to buy local and support artists. Eight Artspace member artists were selected to participate in our first CSA. Each will produce a series of 50 works of art; the resulting 50 shares of the CSA contain one work of art from each artist. Find out more about each of the participating CSA artists in this series.

Norval-2How long have you been an Artspace member? I was juried in in 2003. My studio has been in Artspace since I have been a member.

How and when did you become an artist? I’ve always been in to art since I was little. I was always doing sketches. When I was in third grade I went to the principal’s office for a pig drawing I had done and got a “well done” stamp. My mom still has that. In sixth grade I was dead set on being a cartoonist. In high school I joined the school newspaper and did comic strips for two years. It was a good experience seeing my work in print. I applied to Savannah College of Art and Design and got my BFA in illustration. I was interested in sequential art as well as drawing and painting.

Tell us a little bit about your process: I try to approach my work intuitively. I sketch my drawings and use carving tools to carve the mirror image into linoleum. The elephant and the rhino are a recurring theme in my work and I thought they would be fun to do for the CSA. I’ve started to get more in to having the aspects of my images float. I usually focus on animals.

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What can shareholders expect from your contribution to the CSA? I plan on changing each piece slightly—while the overall elements will remain the same, I want to vary each piece.

What does being a part of the CSA mean to you? I think it’s a good way to get my name out there. I want to do something slightly different from what I usually do. I think it will be good promotion for Artspace. It just seems like a fun project to do and hopefully it will lead to something else somewhere.

Tell us something about yourself that people may be sur-prised to know: I am from Zimbabwe. I love to grill in my back yard, play video games, and collect music. I’m a big music fan. I lived in Kenya for two years in between moving from Zimbabwe to America. I’m pretty excited about getting to do the cover for Visit Raleigh magazine

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