Joe Norris Paintings at Auction October 3/10

From time to time, I offer some of my art inventory at auction at one of the established art auction houses in Western Canada.  Levis Auctions in Calgary will be offering 5 of my pieces at their October 3 live auction which also is open to advance online bidding from anywhere in the world. Check out the listings at and register to place your advance bids  online

Take a look at the two very impressive Joe Norris night time paintings: Sleighride under Stars (#158) and Starry Winter Night (#159) Above is Sleighride under Stars, a 16×20 enamel on canvasboard.

 Joe Norris (1924-1996)  was a native of Prospect, Nova Scotia and worked around boats and fishing all his life, spending time as well in Halifax where he worked on the docks. A heart attack in 1972 put him on the sidelines and he decided to begin painting to keep busy. Soon he was selling his paintings to local collectors and to tourists, and was discovered by Chris Huntingdon, an auctioneer, painter and collector of folk art in 1975. His paintings and unique painted furniture are now in major collections worldwide. He was very much driven by his artistic vision, spending up to 18 hours a day painting. It is an honour to have acquired these paintings and to be passing them on to collectors who will value them as I do. These paintings have a reserve bid of $6000 each – get your bid in soon, as works by Norris are seldom offered.

Levis welcomes online bidding and all you need to do is register with them and get a paddle number. Their link is above.

In addition to the two Joe Norris paintings, I have placed a Joseph Purcell watercolour on paper (14.75×23.25) lot # 583 with Levis. Purcell is a lesser known but respected regional painter who wored out of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, the  UNESCO World Heritage Site town.

lot #583 Joe Purcell watercolour on paper size 14.75×23.25

lot #525 Jack Lee Cowin hand tinted etching  4×4.75

Lastly, I have placed with the Levis Auction taking place on October 3 two lovely small studies of  Mallard Ducks – both lot #525 and 526 are hand tinted etchings which are framed identically and would look very well as a pair in your home or office. For a more detailed view, go to and click on the live auction title in the menu on the header. Cowin (b 1947) has done some lovely nature studies.

lot #526 Jack Lee Cowin hand tinted etching 4×4.75


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