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Norris Embry

Norris Embry’s work stands outside both conventional and commercial appreciation, although he has been referred to as the first American German Expressionist.

Embry's influences are at crossroads between German Expressionism, Outsider Art, CoBrA Art, Beatnik culture as well as his daily life. Amongst the painters he acknowedged as being a great influence (apart from his teacher Kokoschka) were : Dubuffet, Klee, Miro, Pollock, Ensor, Nolde, Beckmann, Kirchner, Schiele, Rouault and Wols. Another unexpected influence, the writer and illustrator James Thurber, can be seen particularly in Embry’s whimsical cartoon-like monotypes that he produced throughout his carreer. The graffiti that fills much of his work records autobiographical details of his Life.

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From the late 1950’s until his death, Embry’s work was exhibited regularly in New York and other cities in the United States and Europe.

The pictures displayed in this online gallery are selected works produced by Norris Embry during the span of his life. This is a rotating exhibition from the collection of the Norris Embry Estate and other sources. Works on display will be changed from time to time.