Art Gallery at the Old Bakery & Emporium #2

New Images of Italy

Norman Bean

Graphite on paper is all about values.  I have been creating graphite on paper drawings as complete works of fine art, exploring the relationships between bright & dark, light & shadow, and detail & distance. My work might be thought of as graphite or monochrome paintings. My purpose in drawing in detail is to create an image that is everything a photo is not; purposefully creating depth and detail from a play of contrasts of bright and dark, exploring surface textures and reflectivity, subtlety imbedding shadows with images and details.

Il Colosseo

Il Colosseo

Creating drawings of Italy has become an obsession and love. In Italy, because of its history and magic, there is always abundant subject matter.  In 2008, a ‘Study Abroad’ tour to Italy with the Texas State University Art Department opened my eyes to graphite on paper as fine art.  Seeing and experiencing Renaissance art helped me to understand my work in a new way.



After studying Wassily Kandinsky’s “Point and Line to Plane,” I began to apply abstract principles to objective realism, creating dramatic perspectives and unusual viewpoints that make my graphite on paper drawings appear almost photo realistic.  Motorcycles, Italy and travel to other countries remain an important source of inspiration, as do the iconic Courthouses of Central Texas.

Hays County Court House

Hays County Court House

For more information about the art of Norman Bean visit his Website.  The link is in the left column under the heading Artists. 

Three Shows One Exhibit:

Three Paths to Inspiration

Marika Bordes, Carrie Davenport, Roger Betschler

What Lies Beneath and Between

Ann Flemings

New Images of Italy

Norman Bean

The Exhibit- Time and Place

February 6 – March 5, 2014

Reception February 7 from 5:00 -7:00pm

Art Gallery at the Old Bakery & Emporium
1006 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

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