Norton - Clay Sculptor and Artist
a review by
web author Andy Young
| Terry Norton
From the beginning...
Terry Norton ,born in
Bristol, England, in 1964, is an extraordinary artist and clay sculptor
whose talent has yet to be fully recognised. His works of
art, whether in clay sculpture or in drawing have always been
of the finest quality. Looking at his work, the thing
that stands out most is his attention to detail. In his
drawings, the individual ribs and muscle groups are
picked out in such a way as to give the body a 3-D
quality in a 2-D environment. In his clay sculptures even
minor detailing such as the muscles INSIDE a creature's
mouth are subtley carved and coloured to present a truly
lifelike impression of the subject. On the actual model
of the alligator, even the spaces between the scales on
the creature are coloured to imitate the way they would
look in the real world.
In his clay sculptures, the intricate
detailing of the blood vessels, the wrinkles in a
person's face are all worked out to give an almost photo-realistic
quality to any piece. By touching the face, you almost
feel that it could come alive.
Terry has always had a
passion for Horror movies. From classic Bela Lugosi 'B'
features through Hammer Horror films, right up to the
present. Films such as Alien (whose main antagonist was
created from the works of H R Giger ) have been a source of ideas
for his own work. Many of his line drawings and some of
his models exhibit an appreciation of Giger's work,
whilst still retaining an individuality of their own. You
can see that his love of Horror Movies has obviously been
a major influence. Recently though, Terry has moved
towards more natural works. Models of real-life people and
finely detailed animals like his Elephant have taken him in a new
| 'Muscle Groups'
The move towards more real
life sculptures has been mainly due to Terry's lifelong
wish to join the special effects team of a major studio.
With suggestions made by the people already working in
this field, he has created subjects such as 'Alligator' and his most recent project is
a model of a Chimpanzee.
created human characters as well. As a commissioned
piece, he has created a superb bust of the singer Mick Jagger and as you can see on the right
a wonderful, almost photo-realistic bust of the great
horror movie actor, Vincent Price. His 'piece de
resistance' is his most superb sculpture of Marilyn Monroe.
In works such as Vincent Price,
the character's expression makes you wonder what he is
thinking about. Thoughts of his past glories are
suggested by the intricate detailing, of the subject's
features. Every wrinkle, each individual wave in his
hair, every skin blemish, adds to the character of the
person, giving it an amazing lifelike quality. The true
quality of each piece can only really be seen in real
life. It is no wonder that each model may take between 40-60
hours to produce the basic model and a further 10-15
hours to complete it with all the painting and finishing
completed. The photos only give you an insight into the
incredible craftsmanship that has gone into each model. I
hope you like Terry's work. Thank you.
Young - 28th January 2001
| 'Horny Devil'