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An Interview with Jacqui Norman - White on Walls

An Interview with Jacqui Norman - White on Walls

En Gold gets up close and personal with the #MinimalMUSE behind White On Walls.


Get to know the artist that's lighting up our clients home's with her subtle statement designs.


Jacqui Norman from White on Walls




Growing up, what was your dream career?

Graphic Design. I think I had the makings of a Designer/Artist long before I knew what it meant to even be a creative. I don't take life too seriously — I just knew that I wanted to draw, create some cool logos and have some fun. The notion of being able to make a living out of doing something that I loved was also really exciting.  


Chicken Schnitty or Sausage Sizzle?

Sausage Sizzle (Preferably from Bunnings)


Describe yourself in one hashtag?



What's your biggest fear?

Not being able to create.


What do you love about Melbourne?

There's so much to love! Melbourne is full of opportunities for creatives. I feel lucky to live in such a vibrant creative hub.


White on Walls Canvas Artwork




How did you get into art?

I've loved to draw for as long as I can remember. It's something that has always come quite naturally to me. My primary school maths homework would always be 99% focused on having a beautiful looking page border, and 1% on the actual figures. Throughout VCE and University I was able to refine my drawing and painting skills, reinforcing my passion for both the Design and Art industries.


Where do you find inspiration?

I’ve found inspiration can come at the strangest moments. Whether it be while at an art exhibition, scrolling Pinterest or even just by walking down the aisle of a local supermarket. Specifically for my latest venture, White On Walls, inspiration has come largely from minimal architecture, Japanese art and simplistic interior spaces. 


Do you have a favourite place to paint?

Currently at my home studio. 


Who is one of your favourite artists? 

Most recently I have been obsessed with German Artist Wolfgang Voegele. His work is incredibly recognisable. There is so much strength in his subtle linework. 


How do you define beauty?

I've always loved the quote — 'Nothing truly beautiful asks for attention'. I think for me, beauty is something that just naturally exists as it is, in its own uniqueness and subtle boldness. 


What's your favourite En Gold piece and why?

There are so many pieces to love! I've had my eye on the beautiful Tierra Grande coffee table for a while now. It's the perfect balance of simplicity and elegance.

White on Walls original canvas artwork




If you could describe your work in three words, what would they be?

Subtle, Understated, Minimal


What was the inspiration behind your work?

White On Walls is a new venture which I started in May this year. I wanted to focus more on my Art and take a break from the heavy screen time that comes with being a designer. I love the idea of creating artworks which blend into peoples homes and interiors, almost becoming part of the furniture. I guess my work revolves around the subtle strength of simplicity. The notion of saying more, by showing less.


What is a common misconception about your job?

I think with art, and design in particular there can sometimes be a lack of value, or a dismissal of its importance. If anything, I think this year has shown just how important the arts industries are and their integral role in adding joy to people's lives.


Do you have a favourite piece of work?

It would have to be my original painting in the Fine Lines series (Fine Lines — 01). I created it by chance and it seemed to come together perfectly, I think that's why it's my favourite.


Why do you love what you do?

Everyday is so different, with endless possibilities. It’s that rush of adrenaline that comes from creating something new that keeps me excited and inspired about every new piece. 


Finish this sentence; My business is unique because... 

I've been able to merge my graphic design background with my artistic roots to create a business that appeals specifically to people with an appreciation for the subtle gradations of white and neutral tones. I also noticed there was a bit of a gap in the local art industry — a lack of artwork which focused more on minimal, stripped back pieces, so I wanted to explore this area further. 

Shop all of White On Walls original artwork here.

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