Born in Zimbabwe in 1963, Larry Norton grew up on a game farm in North-East Zimbabwe.


Born in Zimbabwe in 1963, Larry Norton grew up on a game farm in north-east Zimbabwe. He started drawing as a boy and in 1988 began a professional career. Since then he has exhibited around the world including several successful exhibitions in New York and London.

Larry Norton works in oils, water colour, charcoal and pencil and specializes in African subjects, including wildlife, landscape and people of the continent.


1963 Born in Harare, Zimbabwe
1983 – 1986 Bachelor of Applied Science (Queensland, Australia)
1987 White water rafting guide, Zambezi River
1988 – 1989 U.K. and U.S.A. art travels
Studied under renowned wildlife artist Simon Combes for five months
1990 Built art studio – Dahwye Farm, Mvurwi, Zimbabwe.
2002 Moved to the Cape, South Africa.
Established an art studio, Lucasfontein Farm, near Paarl.
2008 – to date Returned to Zimbabwe.
Established The Larry Norton Gallery, Victoria Falls.


He works from his home studio in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and travels extensively on field trips all over the world to gather material for future paintings.



1988 Game Conservation International (San Antonio, Texas)
1989 Society of Animal Artists – won the Society’s highest award, the Catasus medal (Boston Museum of Science, Massachusetts)
1990 One Man Show – King Gallery, New York
1990,1994,1997 Society of Animal Artists
1998 Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum of Art (Society of Animal Artists)
Safari Club International - won SCI inaugural art show
1991 One Man Show – Richard Rennie Gallery, Harare
1992 Prestige Gallery, Canada
1993 One Man Show – John Boyne House, Harare
1994 "Spring Exhibition" Burlington Paintings, London
One Man Show – King Gallery, New York
1995 "Natural History Paintings and Sculptures" Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg.
1996 Work selected for "African Exhibition" Jackson Hole Museum of Wildlife Art.
1998 One Man Show – Burlington Paintings, London – "African Epic"
1999 One Man Show – Burlington Paintings, London –"Cats of Africa & Asia"
2002 Friends of The Rainforest Exhibition – Air Gallery, London
2003 One Man Show – Burlington Paintings London – "Norton’s African Safari" – featuring paintings from across the continent.
2004 Austrian Exhibition – "Norton’s Africa Exhibition"
2005 "Spring Exhibition” Burlington Paintings, London.
2006 One Man Show – Burlington Paintings, London – "At Nature’s Edge"
2007/8 Corporate commissions undertaken for Lonmin Head Office (London)
2009 Friends of Hwange Trust exhibit Edinburgh, Scotland
2009 Exhibition of current works – Richard Rennie, Harare, Zimbabwe
2009 Opening of The Larry Norton Gallery, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe




1989 Catasus Medal – Society of Animal Artists
Art Activities Press Print Award – Society of Animal Artists



The artist has been featured in magazines such as Wildlife Art (U.S.A.); Getaway (South Africa); Sporting Classics (U.S.A) and Horse and Hound (U. K)



1991 "Zambezi – River of the Gods" by Jan & Fiona Teede,
published by Andre Deutsch, London
1992 "African Wildlife in Art – Master Painters of the Wilderness" Ed. D. Tomlinson,
published by Clive Holloway Books, London
(One illustration)
1993 "Hunting in Zimbabwe" (Vol2) by T. Sanchez-Arino,
published by Safari Press, California.
1994 "Elephants" by Clive Spinage,
published by T & A D Poyser Ltd London.
1995 "African Thunder – The Victoria Falls" by Jan & Fiona Teede,
published by Acorn Books, Johannesburg.
1996 "The Secret River" by Laurens van der Post,
published by Barefoot Books, London
1997 "Months of the Sun" by Ian Nyschens,
published by Safari Press, California



The artist is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and has undertaken a number of his own expeditions in pursuit of material for his paintings.


1989 Hwange Hike (crossing Hwange National Park, approx 200km)
1990 Sengwa/Chirisa/Chizarira Hike (approx 200km)
1991 Gona-Re-Zhou Hike (approx 180km)
1991,1992 Trans Africa Flight – Led by Tom Claytor in Cessna 180, together, pilot and artist traversed 18 African countries over one year.
1995 Zambezi River Expedition 1 – Source to mouth. During this 3 month long expedition, the course of the river was followed from source to mouth, on foot, by motorized inflatable, by kayak and canoe and speedboat.
1996 Zambezi River Expedition 11 – Following the Zambezi River through Zimbabwe and Mozambique and on to the unique coastal island of Bazaruto, the team explored this region with the use of a World War 11 Catalina Flying Boat and Russian M18 helicopter. Rafting, canoeing, abseiling and scuba diving provided unique perspectives.
1997 Matusadona Hike (approx 200kms)
1998 Nepal Expedition – 2 weeks walking in Western Himalayas in search Of the Snow Leopard (Shey Phoksundo National Park)
2 weeks in Karnali National Park in search of Tiger
2000 Mara/Amboseli (Kenya) – field trip
2001 Egypt field trip.
2002 Mozambique field trip.
2002 – 2007 Numerous field trips to Zimbabwe and the Cape Region South Africa.
2007 Research field trip to Botswana and Namibia sponsored by Wilderness Safaris
2008 – to date Numerous field trips to Hwange, Mana Pools, Kariba and The Zambezi River, Zimbabwe.




1995 Zambezi River Journey” National Geographic Television Explorers Journal (20 minutes)
1996 "Okavango Series" – French Television (Ushaia TFI). The artist was featured in a documentary on the Zambezi River and its course through Zimbabwe and Mozambique (90 minutes)
2007 "The Grape Escape", Discovery Channel, (The Grape Escape).



Norton’s work has appeared on both SKY TV, CNN and Discovery Channel


Throughout his career, Larry Norton’s paintings have raised large sums of money for numerous conservation organizations and charities, including Tusk Trust, WWF, SAVE Australia, Zambezi Society, Dept. of National Parks (Zimbabwe), Wildlife Society (Zimbabwe), Zimbabwe Farm Widows Charity, Painted Dog Research, Emerald Hill Children’s Home, KidzCan and many others.

The artist embarked on a major fund–raising drive for the Children’s Cancer Unit, Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa which raised approximately ₤7,000 for the unit.

In November 2002, the sale of a painting raised approximately ₤ 9000 for the Rainforest Foundation.

In 2006 the auction of a painting raised R40 000 for M’dala Trust for Old Age Pensioners.

Sales of prints have raised money for the "Save Hwange Trust" in 2006 and 2007.

Larry Norton is currently involved with fund raising effort for Hwange National Park through both the Save Hwange Trust and Friends of Hwange Trust.


Larry Norton is represented by the following Galleries:


Burlington Paintings
10 - 12 Burlington Gardens
Tel: 00 44 2077 349984
Fax: 0044 2074 943770
Everard Read Gallery – Cape Town
3 Portswood Road,
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
Cape Town
South Africa
Tel: (021) 418 4527
Fax:(021) 418 4524
Everard Read Gallery – Johannesburg
6 Jellicoe Avenue Corner Keyes Avenue
South Africa
Tel: (011) 788 4805
Fax: (011) 788 5914
Private Bag 5
South Africa
Larry Norton Gallery
The Victoria Falls Hotel
Palm Lounge
Victoria Falls
Tel: +263 78 279 9697
P.O. Box CT 534
Victoria Falls



Having returned to his native Zimbabwe, Larry Norton works from his studio in Victoria Falls whilst undertaking numerous field trips to remote areas in the surrounding countries. His most recent work can be seen in The Larry Norton Gallery, in The Victoria Falls Hotel.

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