Normana Wight

Normana Wight was born in Melbourne in 1936.

One of three women included in the forty artist-lineup exhibited in the celebrated 1968 The Field exhibition held at the National Gallery of Victoria. Wight’s untitled 1968 from The Field was destroyed in the 1970s. untitled 1968 was recreated in 2017 for the National Gallery of Victoria’s 2018 exhibition The Field Revisited marking 50 years of The Field. The 2017 work is in the NGV’s collection.

From 1954-1957, 1968 and 1970 Wight studied Painting and Printmaking at RMIT and in 2000 completed a M.A. from Southern Cross University at Lismore.

The artist travelled and worked at various things until 1967 when she started lecturing at PIT, now part of RMIT, in Melbourne in art history and painting then gradually shifting into printmaking. She held this position until 1981 when she was appointed printmaking lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. The artist lives and works in Brisbane.

Wight has held solo exhibitions since 1966 including at Pinacotheca, Crossley and Powell St. galleries in Melbourne, Central St. in Sydney, Curwen Gallery in London, and since 1990 has been represented by grahame galleries + editions in Brisbane.

In 1986-7 she held a residency at Peacock Printmakers in Aberdeen, Scotland and was Visiting Fellow at Queensland College of Art in 1993. A four-month residency at the Victorian Tapestry Workshop in 2001 was followed by a collaboration with the workshop on a portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

Even when non-figurative the artist’s work has always been about colour and a diary of everyday existence. From painting the artist turned to screenprinting and eventually to digital prints on paper or canvas.

She started a postcards project started in 1974, which continued until 1991 and was resumed in 2007. The postcards were produced in editions of 20 to 40 as a through-the-post artwork project. The postcard project was not only the artist’s reaction to the commercial gallery system but also includes a sense of time and interaction to the work.

Wight commenced her first artist’s book A Sort of Diary (1987) during her residency at Peacock Printmakers in Aberdeen and was finished on her return to Australia. A Sort of Diary is held in the collection of the National Library of Australia.

Major works by Wight are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; QAGOMA; AGNSW; Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery; University Art Museum, The University of Queensland; State Library of Queensland and the National Library of Australia. The artist is represented in state and regional gallery collections and private collections.