Norman McBeath is a photographer and printmaker. The National Portrait Galleries in London and Edinburgh have over seventy of his portraits in their collections.
Portraits held in the National Portrait Gallery, London can be seen here.
The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh is currently showing Holy Rood, a collaboration with the poet Robert Crawford in which Norman's black and white photographs of branches, wooden forms and carving are paired with Robert Crawford's translation of the Old English poem known as The Dream of the Rood. Holy Rood has been acquired by, among others, the British Library, The National Library of Scotland and most recently Yale Center for British Art.
Also on display is a selection of a new series which Norman has been working on independently called Noiseless Noise. Two of the works from this series (Noiseless Noise I & II) are now showing in Gallery V at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London. The Royal Academy exhibition is on until 12th August.
Featuring in the Edinburgh Art Festival, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is exhibiting The Long Look, work from a three-year collaboration with the painter Audrey Grant which explores the nature of portraiture beyond the conventional artist and sitter relationship. Norman's work is his reflection on being a sitter for a long-durational portrait by Audrey and includes printmaking, a limited edition artist's book, Cierran, and an abstract portrait of Audrey through a series of photographs which reflect his fascination with the often missed beauty of the commonplace. The Long Look is on from 25th May - 27th October 2019.