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Paintings * Ceramics * Collagraphs * Fibre

This gallery features a small selection of my works of art since the 1960's in mediums including: painting on canvas, paper works, collagraphs, ceramic sculpture, and fiber art. These art works are NFS.

As a young artist I made an ink portrait of an elderly man sitting in a café. This was Fredden Goldberg the realist artist, who upon seeing my drawing offered me a scholarship for artist studies with him, which I gratefully accepted. At this time I was also attending art school, in an era of abstract expressionism. While drawing street scenes I had developed a fascination with the interplay between people and birds, which evolved into a sensitive inquiry about human and bird interactions. This led me to explore bird and man relationship in other times, back into greco-roman western traditions. An interest in mythology and mythic dimension of consciousness grew, and along with it a special appreciation of the writings of Joseph Campbell.


In time I began a journey of interpretative free-form drawings, initially inspired by the Icarus myth, which broadened into creative explorations of a personal mythology. In 1967 "Unicorn and I Were One" was published: a limited edition hardcover selection of these drawings. In time I began to look further north and become inspired by the eagle, raven, and owl, and the native myths of the Canadian Pacific North West.


In the mid 1960’s I established and managed The Odyssey Studio Gallery in the university area of Vancouver, Canada, featuring contemporary artists. In 1971 I became a naturalized Canadian. I explored figurative drawing and painting from the classical to the imaginary, from thin pen and ink lines, to sumi ink brushwork. I was also drawn to possibilities of creating new visual means of expression (inspired by Mark Toby) with the intent of accessing subtle mythic dimensions of consciousness.


A Canada Council Grant provided the opportunity to introduce a series of full color serigraphs working with the master printer, Bill Bonniman. In the early 1970’s I traveled to the major art centers of Europe, followed by five months travel in India and Nepal, returning overland through central Asia. When I returned to Vancouver I had imagined carrying on with human mythic figurative imagery. Instead I began work inspired by ancient non-figurative polyrhythms, patterns, and exciting new visual relationships. Tribal carpets, mosaic tile, Mandela’s, and fabric blocks were especially inspiring. I began exploring these newly appreciated rhythms in serigraph one-of-a-kind prints.

In the mid 1970’s I undertook a three-month solo BMW motorcycle journey to view pre-Columbian art, and areas of Oaxaca, Yucatan, and the Guatemalan Highlands, making prisma color pencil studies on route. I also traveled by motorcycle to the American South West and the Navajo Wide Ruins Reservation. Beginning in the mid 1970’s Influences of Tibetan and Navajo weavers inspired a seven-year series one-of-a-kind Wool Works of Art. I was drawn to explore timeless themes, such as the Tree of Life, using wool in tufted form with the notion of creating works of heirloom value. The first pieces in wool took a more stylized direction, while the later pieces evolved to be fluid and painterly. In 1981 fifty-six of these fibre pieces were shown and reviewed at the Move Gallery in Vancouver.

In 1984 I traveled to cultural centers in Asia focusing on Kyoto in Japan, Guilin in China, Kyongju in South Korea, and the Taipei Palace Museum in Taiwan. On return I created a calligraphic- like series of paintings. Beginning with contained ovoid shapes and containing an abundance of energy they in time, burst open like seedpods. This led in the late 1980’s to a series of large dynamic canvas paintings, and the Vancouver Bau-Xi Gallery show, entitled “ the Flow Beneath.”


The abstract canvases that would follow featured tide-pool references. Some of these canvases would take a sculptured appearance as I added ground marble dust to the paint gel. A complementary series of one of a kind 22"x30" seascape colographs were created at the Dundarave Workshop in Vancouver. These colographs were aided by wood blocks that I had carved. Beginning in the mid 1990’s for six years, my wife Linda, and I spent summer months exploring secret bays and shoreline sanctuaries, in an old steel sailboat, along the Canadian West Coast.


I was increasingly inspired to photograph details of the inter-tidal zone, and the surrounding wildlife. In tide pool imagery and the surrounding landscapes I found a rich abundance of inspirations. The immediate feedback and editing potential of digital photography was inspiring to me. I created a three set CD rom slideshow of coastal photographs, followed by one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional clay sculptures of tide-pool seascapes. In 1995 "Musing of an Artist" was published celebrating my reaching a milestone of thirty years creativity. In this limited edition book I explored through playful curiosity, koans and musings, notions of art, nature, and culture. Some of these musings may be read when clicking on the photograph of the book cover, the last image shown in this gallery.


Since the year 2000 I have chosen to direct more attention to outdoor photographic immersions in wilderness areas of Western Canada. This has led to many months of expeditions photographing wildlife and landscapes within B.C., Alberta, The Yukon and the Northwest Territories as far north as the Arctic Circle. I bring an artist understanding from other media, and other decades to my photography as an art form, and find joy outdoors in deeply felt experiences of wild nature. Following retirement in the early 2000's recreational photography has been an enjoyable pastime.
NRich: painting on canvas, 36x48
NRich: painting on canvas, 36"x48"
Clay sculture texture detail: Tide pool inspiration by N.Rich: Sepia translation
Clay sculture texture detail: Tide pool inspiration by N.Rich: Sepia translation
 Fibre wool work by NRich: 36 x 48 1981
Fibre wool work by NRich: 36" x 48" 1981
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Tidepool series: Ceramic Sculpture by Norman Rich
Tidepool series: Ceramic Sculpture by Norman Rich
Tide pool Inspired Ceramic sculpture  Close-up
Tide pool Inspired Ceramic sculpture Close-up
NRich: painting on paper 22x30
NRich: painting on paper 22"x30""
Unique print: serigraph: N.Rich
Unique print: serigraph: N.Rich
Pheonix rising: Fibre wool work 36x48 N.Rich
Pheonix rising: Fibre wool work 36"x48" N.Rich
Painting on Canvas: N.Rich
Painting on Canvas: N.Rich
Fibre wool work 36x48 N.Rich
Fibre wool work 36"x48" N.Rich
Painting on paper: N.Rich
Painting on paper: N.Rich
Fibre wool work 36x48 N.Rich
Fibre wool work 36"x48" N.Rich
Painting on Canvas: N.Rich
Painting on Canvas: N.Rich
Ceramic scuplture: Tidepool: N.Rich
Ceramic scuplture: Tidepool: N.Rich
Painting on canvas:N.Rich 1988
Painting on canvas:N.Rich 1988
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Painting on Canvas: N.Rich
Painting on Canvas: N.Rich
Painting on Canvas: N.Rich
Painting on Canvas: N.Rich
collagraph on paper 22x30 - 1/1:N.Rich
collagraph on paper 22"x30" - 1/1:N.Rich
NRich:ceramic: detail 5x8~ original 22 diameter
NRich:ceramic: detail 5"x8"~ original 22" diameter
Brush drawing on paper 1969: N.Rich
Brush drawing on paper 1969: N.Rich
NRich: collagraph & painting: 22x30-1/1
NRich: collagraph & painting: 22"x30"-1/1
Unique print: serigraph: N.Rich
Unique print: serigraph: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich 1989
Painting on canvas: N.Rich 1989
Painting on canvas 1986: N.Rich
Painting on canvas 1986: N.Rich
Painting on canvas 40x48 1989: N.Rich
Painting on canvas 40"x48" 1989: N.Rich
Fibre woolwork 32x46 1981 N.Rich
Fibre woolwork 32"x46" 1981 N.Rich
Fibre woolwork 36x48 1981 N.Rich
Fibre woolwork 36"x48" 1981 N.Rich
Fibre wool work 36x48 N.Rich
Fibre wool work 36"x48" N.Rich
Fibre wool work 36x48 1982 N.Rich
Fibre wool work 36"x48" 1982 N.Rich
Fibre wool work 36x48 1981 N.Rich
Fibre wool work 36"x48" 1981 N.Rich
Painting on paper: N.Rich 1994
Painting on paper: N.Rich 1994
Painting on canvas: 48x48 N.Rich
Painting on canvas: 48"x48" N.Rich
Collagraph and painting 1/1: 22x30 N.Rich
Collagraph and painting 1/1: 22"x30" N.Rich
Fibre wool work 36x48 N.Rich
Fibre wool work 36"x48" N.Rich
Painting on paper 22x30:N.Rich
Painting on paper 22"x30":N.Rich
Painting on canvas: NRich 1986
Painting on canvas: NRich 1986
NRich: painting on canvas :Tidepool Treasures: 48x48
NRich: painting on canvas :Tidepool Treasures: 48"x48"
Tidepool series: ceramic sculpture: N.Rich
Tidepool series: ceramic sculpture: N.Rich
painting on canvas: N.Rich
painting on canvas: N.Rich
Unique print: seriograph 1975: N.Rich
Unique print: seriograph 1975: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: 48x48 1991 N.Rich
Painting on canvas: 48"x48" 1991 N.Rich
Painting on canvas: 48x48 1990 N.Rich
Painting on canvas: 48"x48" 1990 N.Rich
Painting on paper 22x30: N.Rich
Painting on paper 22"x30": N.Rich
Painting on canvas: 48x48 1991 N.Rich
Painting on canvas: 48"x48" 1991 N.Rich
NRich: painting on canvas, 40x48
NRich: painting on canvas, 40"x48"
Fibre wool works 32x46 N.Rich
Fibre wool works 32"x46" N.Rich
Ceramic scuplture: Tidepool: N.Rich
Ceramic scuplture: Tidepool: N.Rich
Painting on Canvas: N.Rich
Painting on Canvas: N.Rich
Ltd. edition seriograph 1969: N.Rich
Ltd. edition seriograph 1969: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich 1987
Painting on canvas: N.Rich 1987
Brush drawing 1969: N.Rich
Brush drawing 1969: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
collagraph 1/1 on paper: N.Rich
collagraph 1/1 on paper: N.Rich
 Sumi Brush drawing 1967: N.Rich
Sumi Brush drawing 1967: N.Rich
Painting on canvas 36x48 N.Rich
Painting on canvas 36"x48" N.Rich
Ceramic scuplture: Tidepool: N.Rich
Ceramic scuplture: Tidepool: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: NRich
Painting on canvas: NRich
Painting on canvas: NRich
Painting on canvas: NRich
Tidepool series: Ceramic Sculpture: N.Rich
Tidepool series: Ceramic Sculpture: N.Rich
Original fibre wool work 35x47 N.Rich
Original fibre wool work 35"x47" N.Rich
Painting on canvas N.Rich
Painting on canvas N.Rich
Ltd. edition seriograph: NRich
Ltd. edition seriograph: NRich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
NRich: painting on canvas, 48 x48
NRich: painting on canvas, 48" x48"
Painting on paper: N.Rich
Painting on paper: N.Rich
Fibre wool work 36x48 N.Rich
Fibre wool work 36"x48" N.Rich
NRich:painting on canvas, 48x48
NRich:painting on canvas, 48"x48"
Ltd edition seriograph 1968: N.Rich
Ltd edition seriograph 1968: N.Rich
Unique print: serigraph: N.Rich
Unique print: serigraph: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
collagraph 1/1 on paper: N.Rich
collagraph 1/1 on paper: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Unique print: serigraph 1969: N.Rich
Unique print: serigraph 1969: N.Rich
Unique print: copper etching 1968: N.Rich
Unique print: copper etching 1968: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Ltd. edition seriograph print 1968: N.Rich
Ltd. edition seriograph print 1968: N.Rich
Ltd edition serigraph print:1968. N.Rich
Ltd edition serigraph print:1968. N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
 Left: fibre art: 1980. Right: Bau-Xi Show invitation: 1991
Left: fibre art: 1980. Right: Bau-Xi Show invitation: 1991
Tide pool inspirations: Ceramic sculpture: N.Rich
Tide pool inspirations: Ceramic sculpture: N.Rich
Unique print: serigraph: N.Rich
Unique print: serigraph: N.Rich
tide pool inspirations: ceramic sculpture: N.Rich
tide pool inspirations: ceramic sculpture: N.Rich
Painting on gesso panel: N.Rich
Painting on gesso panel: N.Rich
NRich:collagraph 22x30-1/1
NRich:collagraph 22"x30"-1/1
Painting on gesso panel: N.Rich
Painting on gesso panel: N.Rich
fragment: brush drawing on paper 1969: N.Rich
fragment: brush drawing on paper 1969: N.Rich
Ink brush drawing 1967: N.Rich
Ink brush drawing 1967: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich 1986
Painting on canvas: N.Rich 1986
1968 erotic sumi Ink brush drawing: N.Rich
1968 erotic sumi Ink brush drawing: N.Rich
Sumi ink brush on paper: N.Rich
Sumi ink brush on paper: N.Rich
Ink wash sketch: San Francisco street scene from 1965: N.Rich
Ink wash sketch: San Francisco street scene from 1965: N.Rich
Ink on paper: N.Rich
Ink on paper: N.Rich
Brush and inks on paper
Brush and inks on paper
Unique print: serigraph on paper: N.Rich
Unique print: serigraph on paper: N.Rich
Ink brush drawing 1967: N.Rich
Ink brush drawing 1967: N.Rich
Prismacolor pencil on paper N.Rich
Prismacolor pencil on paper N.Rich
prismacolor pencil on paper: N.Rich
prismacolor pencil on paper: N.Rich
Prismacolor pencil on paper:N.Rich
Prismacolor pencil on paper:N.Rich
Prismacolor pencil on paper: N.Rich
Prismacolor pencil on paper: N.Rich
color wheel painting. N.Rich
color wheel painting. N.Rich
Ink brush on paper: N.Rich
Ink brush on paper: N.Rich
1967-Unique mixed media print on paper: N.Rich
1967-Unique mixed media print on paper: N.Rich
Vancouver Sun Review & three articles : Fibre art exhibition 1981: N.Rich
Vancouver Sun Review & three articles : Fibre art exhibition 1981: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Ink brush on paper: N.Rich
Ink brush on paper: N.Rich
Unique print: serigraph on paper: N.Rich
Unique print: serigraph on paper: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Ink drawing on paper: N.Rich
Ink drawing on paper: N.Rich
Unique print: serigraph 1974: N.Rich
Unique print: serigraph 1974: N.Rich
Brush drawing on paper: N.Rich
Brush drawing on paper: N.Rich
Ink drawing on paper 1964: N.Rich
Ink drawing on paper 1964: N.Rich
Ink drawing on paper 1967: N.Rich
Ink drawing on paper 1967: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Ink drawing on paper 1967: N.Rich
Ink drawing on paper 1967: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Painting on canvas: N.Rich
Musings of an Artist: writings by N.Rich
Musings of an Artist: writings by N.Rich