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Meet the Artists of ALIVE: David Norbut

Meet David Norbut

When seeking inspiration, where do you consistently turn?

Chuck Close once said “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.”

That pretty much sums it up for me, I walk outside and take photographs everywhere I go.

There is some part of my existence that became completely obsessed. As a child I would stare at photographs in the history books in school, mesmerized by the people, the faces I saw. It filled me with so much wonder, I suppose it still does. It’s a way to preserve life, spirit and civilization.

I just go out and document what I see and hope in some way I can preserve the beauty of today for folks who will come after we’re gone.

What are you currently listening to, looking at, reading into that inspires your art?

Music is probably my favorite part of being alive, I can’t think of any else that can dig so deep into the emotion of a person, whether you are making the music or listening to it. I spent a few days in New Orleans last year and the jazz I discovered down there has really stuck with me and I think it always will. Other than that a few constant companions are Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Ryan Adams and my most recent favorites, Shovels & Rope.

As far as reading… I need to read more its a good habit to have.

If the viewers of your art could know one thing about your work, or feel one way when they walk away, what would it be?

I would like to think they’d feel some sort of connection with humanity. Most of my work is portraiture or street scenes involving life and livelihood
We are all one people.

What medium would you like to try that you haven’t?

Filmmaking. I’m really interested in making what I like to think of as “moving photographs” maybe a silent film, with some music.

Contact David Norbut
Website // Instagram // EyeEm // Flickr // Twitter // We Are Juxt

Please join us for ALIVE
on Friday August 2
at the Chris White Gallery
701 N. Shipley St. Wilmington, DE
from 5:30 to 9:30


Press on Alive

WDDE Delaware NPR News Reel
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  1. You quoted Chuck Close! I knew I liked you!

  2. Hope the exhibit was/is a success!


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