Emile Norman: By His Own Design

2008, TV Show

A profile of artist Emile Norman, who achieved success despite attending only one day of art school. Included: his success in New York during the 1940s and '50s; meeting his life partner, Brooks Clement, with whom he built a house in Big Sur; his works, including wood-inlay animal sculptures; his love of Bach's music.

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This film is a portrait of self-taught California artist Emile Norman, who worked with a passion for life, art, nature and freedom that inspired him through seven decades of a changing art scene and turbulent times for a gay man in America.

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Premiered: June 23, 2008
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A profile of artist Emile Norman, who achieved success despite attending only one day of art school. Included: his success in New York during the 1940s and '50s; meeting his life partner, Brooks Clement, with whom he built a house in Big Sur; his works, including wood-inlay animal sculptures; his love of Bach's music.

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