Sheila Norgate

Sheila Norgate is an artist who makes her home on Gabriola Island. Her dynamic and expressive paintings can be found in several leading Canadian galleries and in private collections world wide.


Although her style is abstracted, her images are always grounded in either an interior or exterior landscape-like environment. They are not representative of truly abstract space. Norgate's surfaces tend to be built-up and richly textured and she almost always incorporates text either by stamping letters onto the canvas, or scratching/writing through the paint.




Norgate believes strongly in human rights issues — especially those affecting women — and her imagery has been put to good use by many non-profit organizations across Canada. An ardent feminist, she created a body of work around the issue of etiquette directed at women (from the 1940's and 1950's). To her delight (and that of many literary critics) it was published in 1997 in book form as "Storm Clouds Over Party Shoes, Etiquette Problems for the Ill-Bred Woman".