Surrealist Artist Norman Parker was born in Leicester in 1935. After attending Monkton Combe School, he read Natural Sciences at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. From 1963 until the '90s, he taught biology at Millfield School in Street, Somerset, England.
Norman has had no formal training since art lessons at school as a boy, but has been painting, both as an amateur and semi-professionally for over 50 years. He describes his work as; 'neo-Surrealism'; surrealist imagery but without the Surrealist ideology. "I like exploring the marvellous and irrational; in finding beauty in strange things. So, for me, the image is more important than the surface of the paint. Some of the objects or situations in the paintings are imaginary; but imaginary things are not unreal, they are just a different sort of 'real'."
Normans work has been used for illustrations in various art books, text books and calendars and he has enjoyed painting the 'odd' commission. Norman still lives in Street, Somerset, with his wife Liz. His original paintings can be seen on display at the Street Library, and also at Glastonbury Galleries in Glastonbury.