HARPER, Norman

1918 - 2008

Norman Harper

Norman R. Harper, was born in Scotland in 1918, son of John Edward Harper (3 November 1875-1940), a serving soldier, and his wife Emily Folkhard née Duncan (6 December 1885-1953), who married at Norwich in 1910. After the First World War, the family moved to Kent where Norman spent most of his school days. In 1931, another move brought them to Lowestoft in Suffolk where Norman studied at the local school and in 1939 the family were living at 54 Sycamore Avenue, Lowestoft where his father John was a sign writer & decorator. Norman followed his father into the painting and decorating trade, remaining a tradesman for the remainder of his life, his father was also a good artist and young Norman learnt his artistic skills and studied life drawing at Lowestoft College of Art. Norman's favourite medium was oil, but he excelled at watercolour and acrylic painting and paid great attention to composition colour and tone, for subject matter he favoured the East Anglian landscape which he sketched and painted 'en plein air' but apart from landscape painting, Norman was skilled at flower painting, still life and portraiture. He married at Lowestoft in 1943, Molly R. Jamieson (born 24 August 1920) and they lived at 61 Chapel Street, Lowestoft. A member of Southwold Art Group, Lowestoft Art Group, Oulton Broad Art Circle and the Beccles Society of Artists, wining many trophies for his paintings. He died in 2008, aged 90. He signed his pictures 'NRH' monogram.

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