Norris Embry

October , 1992 | Holland Cotter

New York Times

[Norris Embry was] a cosmopolitan artist, fluent in the traditions of international modernism …[His work was mostly] on paper in a mixture of watercolor, gouache, oil stick, ballpoint pen, and collage.

Typically, each sheet is jammed with Expressionist figures, abstract and totemic shapes and written texts. …What is stirring is the sense of a man using art as a personal record.

Witty asides and delicate jottings are there, though more often the fearsome side of the psyche comes through. …anger, sexual longing and panic give Embry’s works [their] jarring emotional pitch.