norbert-willeIn 1991 I graduated from the HKU in the subjects interior architecture, furniture design and design of public space. Almost immediately after obtaining my diploma, I threw myself into painting in addition to furniture design. Designing is a fairly slow process and my thoughts and visions often develop faster than the execution of a design. Therefore it was a logical move to focus myself totally on painting.

During the first 10 years of my career as a visual artist I have stuck with figurative painting. I used the human body as a handy source of inspiration. At one point I discovered a connection between the relationships in the human body and saw that these were reflected in both nature and the relationships that are experienced as “beautiful”.

In 2001 I more or less pushed figurative painting aside and started looking for a form of painting in which I could visualize my ideas about proportions. In the first instance, I used the working drawings that I had to make of designs during my studies as a source of inspiration.

My works are strongly influenced by the Fibonacci sequence (0, 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc.). Because at one point I ended up in a period in which I didn’t no longer wanted concentrate on the straight lines, I started to experiment with mixing chalky materials through my paint, resulting in a series of “material paintings”. The wild structures have had a major impact on my work. From there on my works have kept on developing. The Fibonacci sequence is an ever returing aspect. However, social themes like sustainability, mass migration and polution have become part of my inspiration source but also my own inner feelings and love for nature and the Dutch landscape.