Born in Dublin, Norman Teeling is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland. He received a Degree in Art and his teaching credential and taught Art in many colleges in Dublin for over 12 years.
In the early 1980’s he took up painting full-time. He was initially fascinated with water colors, particularly in relation to sky and sea, but he eventually adopted oils as his favorite medium and the main thrust of his work has now evolved in a semi-impressionalist style. While Norman’s paintings include many local scenes of the coastal region of North Dublin, his outlook and insight have been sharpened by his travel abroad, particularly in the US, France and Norway.
Norman Teeling’s monumental ten painting suite, ‘The 1916 Rising’, now hangs on permanent display in the General Post Office, Dublin. Acquired by An Post in 1998, the oils depict events surrounding the Easter Rising, perhaps the most significant societal event in Ireland since the rebellion of 1798.
“His human subject, usually a solitary female, graceful and elegant, seems also fragile and vulnerable. Often sensually depicted in sunlit rooms, they have about them an air of expectation and yearning and they seem devoid of any smugness. There is a vibrancy of color and a confident energy in the brushwork.”