“He went to school with the New Bauhaus,” she said, “founded by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. A bunch of people had fled from the original, German Bauhaus, to the U.S.”
“The Bauhaus ideal was very much the well-rounded artist. You were encouraged to apply your ideas across media. It was influential on his entire career.”
In addition to trying as many forms of art as he can imagine, LaLiberte also absorbs and expresses a wide range of content.
“All his work deals with history, he’s obsessed with the history of art, with ancient cultures, with archaeology and different phases in art,” Bradbury said.
This was evident in a “giant drawing” he did on a gallery wall at Montserrat last summer, which was based on a book called “30,000 Years of Art: The Story of Human Creativity Across Time and Space.”
“He’s into different symbols, iconography and symbology, lots of gods, masks, totem animals, birds,” Bradbury said. “He combines it as he wishes. He thinks of it all as a tremendous resource where he can pick and choose.
“Aztec temples, Picasso masks and some feather headdresses, he combines it all into one piece and comes up with something uniquely his.”
If you go
What: “Exuberance 2013: Varied Expressions of Norman LaLiberte,” exhibit of artworks in mixed media
When: April 27 through June 2, reception with LaLiberte on Sunday, April 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. “An Evening With Norman LaLiberte” will be held Thursday, May 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., with 25 percent of sales going to MAA and 25 percent going to scholarships at Montserrat.
Where: Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St.
More information: Gallery hours Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Visit www.marbleheadarts.org or call 781-631-2608.