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Check out Norbert Marszalek’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Norbert Marszalek.

Norbert, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
The visual arts have always been a part of my life. My brother took art classes in high school and his art books were around the house and I remember, at a very young age, poring over them with great enthusiasm. I was in awe of Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks”, George Bellows’s “Stag at Sharkey’s”, Mary Cassatt’s “The Child’s Bath”, and John Singer Sargent’s “Madame X”. The “storytelling” aspect of those particular paintings kept me engaged.

At that same time, I started drawing. I copied comic strip characters, sports figures—typical childhood stuff. As I got older I experimented more with drawing and began painting and fully realized in my late teens that this is what I wanted to do with my life.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
As a very young boy I was introduced to the culture of tea-drinking by my mother. This led to my love and appreciation of teacups and teapots and those feelings are still with me today.

My current body of work titled “Early Tea”—consisting of paintings, drawings, and found object sculptures—explores the interpretation of rituals, memories, and the passing of time through the form of these objects.

The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
I agree! Choosing a creative or artistic path definitely comes with many financial challenges. I’m sure artists have heard it all when it comes to others giving advice. Do what feels right.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Currently, my work is in two exhibitions: “Setting the Table: The Art of Still Life” at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art” and “People, Places and Things: Selections from the Permanent Collection” at the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater. I will also be featured in Studio Visit Magazine later this summer.

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Feature photo by: ©2018 Steve Greiner

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