Having had a turbulent year Jon Norton, Mo Mowlam's husband radically changed his style and view on life. After being made redundant from a 22 year career as a high profile banker in the city of London, Norton opted out of the normal 9-5 life, moving in to the shadowy, somewhat isolated domain of the artist.
His abstract paintings reflect his desire to get back in touch with his mind and body allowing his instinct and emotions to dictate the pace and quality of life. Norton’s refreshing paintings lie in the pre-occupation with the invention and arrangement of spaces, shapes, surface and colour. Using music to focus his emotions, the work begins in an inarticulate place. Through his growing understanding and sensitivity to the nature of paint each image transports him to a point in which some idea becomes conscious and then an ordering and structure begins to take place.
By this exchange of ideas Norton gets closer neither to the substantial nor entirely visible image of perfection held in his imagination.