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1949                 Born September, in East London, South Africa.            

1967/8              Studied at East London Technical College Art School.

1970/1              Worked as a commercial artist in Johannesburg.

1972                 Started full-time fine art career. 

1973                 Began working on Fook Island project with Prof. Walter Battiss. 

1975                 Began building home called Fook Manor at Hartbeespoort Dam, South Africa.              

1978                 Began working on 'Memo' book with Allan Cameron.

1981                 Worked for R.O. Blechman, New York on  animation project Stravinsky's ‘L'Histoire du Soldat’.

1984/5              Spent a year in Los Angeles and New York.

1986                 Spent 3 months in New York and Los Angeles.

1986/7              Designed murals for Fook Island town house development in Pretoria on original property of Walter Battiss        1987/90             Designed Fook Island merchandising.

1995                  Book, “The Legend of Memo the Hierophant” created with Allan Cameron, published by Orion in UK.   

2000                  Monograph:  ‘Norman Catherine’ published by Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

2007-09             Completed House Catwalk, Hartbeespoort




1969                Herbert Evans Gallery, Johannesburg

1970                Motif Gallery, East London

1971                N.S.A. Gallery, Durban

1972                Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

1973                Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg       

1974                Goodman-Wolman Gallery, Cape Town

1976                Gallery 21, Johannesburg

1977                No 13 Abel Road Gallery, Johannesburg

1978                Kunsthandel SIAU,Amsterdam, HOLLAND

                        Gallery 21, Johannesburg

1979                Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg (Retrospective exhibition 1969-1979)

1980                Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg       

1982                Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg       

                        Gowlett Gallery, Cape Town

1984                S.A. Association of Arts, Windhoek, NAMIBIA

1985                Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

1986                Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg (Fook Island-Walter Battiss Commemoration Exhibition)

                        S.A. Association of Arts, Pretoria

                        Gallery 21, Johannesburg (100 works from Pelmama Collection)

                        Area-X Gallery, New York, USA

1987                Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

1991                Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

1993                Spot-On Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia

1994                Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

1995                Espace XL,  LUXEMBOURG

2000                Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

2002                Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

2004                Urban Mutations, Moba Art Gallery, Brussels

2004                Now & Then Retrospective, Pretoria Art Museum

2004                Now & Then Retrospective, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein

2005                Now & Then Retrospective,Stellenbosch Art Gallery

                        Now & Then Retrospective,Nelson Mandela Metro Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth

2005                Now & Then Retrospective, Durban Art Gallery          

                        Now & Then Retrospective, Polokwane Art Gallery

2006                Now & Then Retrospective, Johannesburg Art Gallery

                        'Dualities', Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg



                       Numerous in South Africa to date

1972                Galleria d'Arte L'Orizonte, Senigallia, ITALY

1973                Galerie Daniel Gervis, Paris, FRANCE

1975                Art  6'75, Basel, SWITZERLAND

1981                Art EXPO, San Francisco, USA

                       Art EXPO, Los Angeles, USA

                       Defense Art Gallery, Paris, FRANCE

1985                Soker-Kaseman Gallery, San Francisco, USA

                       Tributaries  Exhibition, Johannesburg & GERMANY (BMW-sponsored touring exhibition)

1986                Pictures of People, Area-X Gallery, New York, USA                

1987                Art 18'87, Basel, SWITZERLAND

1989                Art 20'89, Basel, SWITZERLAND

1990                Voices from South Africa, Contemporary Art against Apartheid, Stuart Levy Gallery, New York, USA

1990-91           Art from South Africa, Zabalaza Festival, Oxford Museum, Oxford, UK (touring Exhibition)

1991                AA Life Vita Art Exhibition, Johannesburg

1993                Venice Biennial, Venice, ITALY                    

                       Graphica Creativa, Jyvaskyla, FINLAND

1994                Cuban Biennial, Havana, CUBA & Ludwig Forum, Aachen, GERMANY         

                       In Full Color, Les Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA

1995                Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK

                       On The Road, Delfina Studio Trust Gallery, London

                       Mayibuye i Afrika, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK

                       Kunsthal, Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS

                       Panoramas of Passage: Changing Landscapes of South Africa, Meridian Cafritz Galleries, Washington, Touring                            USA (Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit and Wilberforce,Ohio)

1996                Modern Konst i Afrika, MalmöKonsthall, Malmö, SWEDEN

                        Eight from South Africa, Centre for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, USA                  

                        Common and Uncommon Ground, Atlanta, USA

                        Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, USA (May)

                        Simunye, Adelson Galleries, New York, USA

                        Art 27’96, Basel, Switzerland

                        Colours, Zeignössische Kunst aus Südafrika, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, GERMANY

1997                South Africa, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

                        Fin de Siecle, Michel Luneau Art Gallery, Nantes, FRANCE

1998                Included in United Nations Portfolio:  “New York - Artists Salute Gerard Schroeder”

2000                Zeignössische Kunst aus Südafrika, Bayer AG, Leverkussen, Germany

2002                L’humour dans i’art contemporain, Espace Belleville, Paris, France

                        Passport to South Africa, Centro Culterale Trevi, Bolzano, Italy

                        Natural Born Painters, Galerie W, Paris, France

2003                Art 34 Basel, Switzerland

                        Brett Kebble Awards, Cape Town

2004                'Identity - The ID of South African Artists' Exhibition, Scheveningen, Holland

2006                '1er Salon d'Art Contemporain Africain', Brussels, Belgium

2007                ‘Local Racism, Global Apartheid’, CCCP, Barcelona Spain

2011                ‘Art Monaco ‘11’, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco

                       'Water – the [Delicate] Thread of Life’, Standard Bank Gallery, JohannesburgE




S A  National Gallery, Cape Town

Johannesburg Municipal Art Gallery, Johannesburg

Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria

Durban Art Gallery, Durban

Ann Bryant Art Gallery, East London

Sandton Municipal Art Gallery, Sandton

Oliwenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein

The Haenggi Foundation Inc, Switzerland

Pelmama Permanent Art Collection, Johannesburg

University of South Africa, Pretoria

Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

University of Natal, Durban

Walter Battiss Museum, Somerset East

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth

Roodepoort Public Library, Roodepoort

Department of National Education

Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle

Gauteng Legislature, Johannesburg

Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg

Constitutional Court of SA, Johannesburg

Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (MOMA)

Reserve Bank of South Africa

Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, NY, USA




Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, USA

Mobil Court Art Collection, Cape Town

Volkskas Bank, Pretoria

Everite Ltd, Johannesburg

Premier Milling Co, Johannesburg

Trust Bank, Johannesburg

Bankorp, Johannesburg

Standard Bank, Johannesburg

Sasol Art Collection

World Bank, Johannesburg

BHP Billiton, Johannesburg

World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland

Union Bank of Switzerland, Sandton

Telkom, Johannesburg

Absa, Johannesburg

Saronsberg Wine Estate Collection, Tulbagh

Vodacom, Cape Town

Berardo Foundation, Portugal

Sanlam Ltd., Bellville

Fortis Circustheatre, Scheveningen, Holland



1969                Artlook, Johannesburg (No 36)            

1972                Artlook, Johannesburg (June)

1973                Art South Africa Today, Durban (Catalogue)

                        Time-out, Johannesburg (June)

                        Habitat, Johannesburg (No 1)

1974                To the Point, Johannesburg (13/9)

                        Passport to Pleasure, Johannesburg (August)

1975                Habitat, Johannesburg (No 12)

                        Art 6'75 Basel Catalogue, Switzerland

1976                Art 7'76 Basel Catalogue, Switzerland

                        Habitat, Johannesburg (No 21)

                        Source Guide for Art & Architecture, Pretoria

1977                Escape, Johannesburg (May)

                        Deluxe, London, UK (Vol 1, No 1)

1978                South African Art, James Ambrose Brown (MacDonald), Cape Town

                        De Stalmeesters, H R  Meijer (De Opkomende

                        Zon), Amsterdam, Holland

                        Last Letters from the Wilderness, Ramsay MacKay                 

1979                Music Maker, Johannesburg (May)

                        Rand Afrikaans University exhibition Catalogue, Johannesburg

                        Art Collection of Unisa, Pretoria (Catalogue 1)

1980                Graphis Annual, Zurich, Switzerland

                        S.A. Architecture, Cape Town (Fook Manor designed by Stanley Saitowitz)

                        Style, Johannesburg (December)

                        The Airbrush Book, Curtis & Hunt, (Orbis Publishing), London, UK

1981                Idea 164, Tokyo, Japan (Vol 29 - January)

                        Artwork, Los Angeles, USA (Catalogue)

                        Style, Johannesburg (October)

1982                UCLA Bulletin Cover, Los Angeles, USA

                        Style, Johannesburg (August)

                        Progressive Architecture, Stamford, USA (Vol 63 No 3 - Fook Manor)

                        University of StelIenbosch (Catalogue  40 Portraits exhibition)

                        Frontline, Johannesburg (Vol 3 No 3)

                        GA Houses  10 (ADA. Edita, Tokyo - Fook Manor)

                         Three Centuries of S.A. Art, H. Fransen (A.D. Donker), Johannesburg

1983                South Africa 1983, Johannesburg

                        The Blue Book, Brad Benedict (Vermillion) London    

                        Art & Artists of S.A., E. Berman, revised edition                                              

                        (A.A. Balkema), Cape Town,SA/Rotterdam, Holland                          

                        University of the Witwatersrand (Catalogue: Art & Artist of SA, November), Johannesburg

1984                OPTIMA (Vol 32, No 1 - Coverpage), Johannesburg                           

                        Sun Magazine, Johannesburg (February) Sandton Sun Guide (September  )

                        Pretoria Art Museum (Catalogue - Marguerite Stephens, Weaver - Tapestry), Pretoria

                        The Advanced Airbrush Book, Misstear & Scott-Harman (Orbis Publishing), London, UK

1985                Looking at S.A. Art, P. Harmsen (JL van Schaik) Pretoria

                        AD Art Director (No 2 & No 3), Johannesburg Tributaries - A View of Contemporary S.A. Art (BMW),                                         Johannesburg

                        Cape Town Triennial Catalogue, Cape Town

                        Vula, Cape Town (December/January)

                        East Village, A Guide A Documentary (Egret Publishing), New York, USA

1986                Gallery 21, Pelmama Collection Catalogue Leadership (Vol 5 No 4), Johannesburg

                        Hello (May), Johannesburg

                        Johannesburg Art Gallery Brochure (Tapestry)

                        Pretoria Art Museum, (September Newsletter)

                        Art Forum (Dec-Exhibition review) New York, USA

                        108 East Village Review (Sept) New York, USA

                        Artspeak (Sept Vol IX No l)New York, USA

1987                Johannesburg Art Gallery (Vita Art Now Catalogue)

                        Norman Catherine Recent Works (Catalogue for

                        Art 18'87, Basel - publ. Goodman Gallery), Jhb.

                        Art 18'87 Basel Catalogue, Switzerland

                        De Kat (July), Johannesburg

1989                Resistance Art in South Africa, Sue Williamson (David Phillips Publishers), Cape Town

                        Battiss & the Spirit of the Place (Unisa Art Gallery), Pretoria

1990                150 S.A. Paintings, Alexander & Cohen (Struik Publ.)

                        A.D.A. Magazine No 8, Jennifer Sorrel, Cape Town

                        20/20 (February), London, UK

1991                Omni (April - Coverpage), New York, USA

                        The Sasol Art Collection Catalogue

                        South African Portfolio, Steel & Michel (Struik), S.A.

                        Style (August), Johannesburg

1993                Incroci Del Sud Affinities Catalogue, XLV Venice Biennial

                        Vogue (Dec/Jan), Paris, France

1994                De Kat (March), Johannesburg

                        Style (September), Johannesburg

1995                Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa Catalogue, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK

                        On the Road Catalogue, Delfina Studio Trust, London, UK published by Goodman Gallery, Jhb

1996                Colours - Kunst aus Sudafrika, Berlin.

                        Art in South Africa -the Future Present, Sue Williamson, Ashraf Jamal - David Philip Publishers

2000                “Norman Catherine” monologue  published by Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

2002                L’humour dans i’art contemporain Catalogue, Paris

                        ‘Passport to South Africa’ catalogue for exhibition in Bolzano, Italy

2004                'Identity - The ID of South African Artists' Exhibition Catalogue, Scheveningen

2004                Now & Then Retrospective Exhibition Catalogue

2008                ‘Art and Justice’, David Krut Publishing

2009                ‘South African Art Now’, Sue Williamson (Harper Collins)



Viva, Omni, Penthouse, Penthouse Forum, High Times magazines in New York have used artwork for editorials on numerous occasions as well as In Style, Los Angeles.





1978                SABC-TV, Johannesburg (Perspektief 31/5)

1979                SABC-TV, Johannesburg (Focus on Five - Josh Spencer)

                        SABC-TV, Johannesburg (Interviewing Walter Battiss on Galaxy 16/3/79)

                        Don Searll, Johannesburg (Norman Catherine's Visions)

1980                Radio, (Interview by David Hall Green) Johannesburg

1982                SABC-TV, (Portfolio - February)

                        SABC-TV, (Portfolio - 17/8/82)

1984                SABC-TV, (Art & Seen, E Berman 26/6/84)

1985                SABC-TV, (Portfolio - 24/9/85 - Cape  Town Triennial Review)

1987                SABC-TV, (Collage - 06/87)

1988                SABC-TV, (Collage - 06/88)

1989                SABC-TV, (Kamers)

1991                SABC-TV, (Collage - Exhibition 08/91) 

1994                SABC-TV, (Top Billing 9/94)

1995                M-NET, (Front Row - Africa ‘95, London - 10/95)  

1996                SABC-TV, (Beckett’s Trek - Hartbeespoort - 5/96)

1997                SABC-TV, (Arts Unlimited 10/4/97)

2000                KYKNET (Kunskafee 4/00)

2005                KYKNET (Kunskafee 3/05)

2006                YOTV (March)

                        HOME CHANNEL, African Living (March)

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