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Cecil Norris makes paintings and drawings that draw on the canon and popular culture to create a contemporary vision of race, masculinity, sexuality, and trauma through the act of portraiture. Norris’s paintings disrupt the tropes of classical portraiture through the juxtaposition of black culture. Examining the urban fabric, Norris aims to blur the lines of realism and abstraction to reveal something that has been lost from history and investigate the ambiguity and perplexity of black identity.

 

Cecil Norris was born in 1995 in Shelby, North Carolina, where he currently lives and works. Norris received a BoA from the School of Architecture at UNC at Charlotte. He is now an art teacher at Crest High School, where he hopes to cultivate a new age of artists. 

Solo Exhibitions

2021

“UN·EXAMINED” - Jeanne Rauch Gallery, Gastonia, NC.

“UN·EXAMINED” - Lost Dog Gallery, Indianapolis, IN.

 

Group Exhibitions

2019

Cleveland County Artist Competition - Cleveland County Arts Council, Shelby, NC.

 

2020

“I Am Woman” - Southern Art Society, Kings Mountain, NC.

Cleveland County Artist Competition - Cleveland County Arts Council, Shelby, NC.

“Perspectives” - Cleveland County Arts Council, Shelby, NC. 

“The McColl Center Benefit Art Sale” - The McColl Center, Charlotte, NC. 

 

2021

“I Am Woman” - Southern Art Society, Kings Mountain, NC.

Greenpoint Gallery- Brooklyn, New York

Awards

2019

Honorable Mention- Gaston Community College 

 

2020

First Place- “I Am Woman,” Southern Art Society 

Honorable Mention - Cleveland County Arts Council

Selected for Black Art Rising Competition - LIFE WTR

2021

First Place- “I Am Woman,” Southern Art Society