Chantelle Norton

Chantelle Norton Paintings



I never wanted a bird, but four years ago, having joined the trend of ever increasing chicken owners, (obtained mainly for eggs and tick eradication) I became fascinated with them for their perfect combination of beauty and utility. They are remarkable little creatures. The chicken became my muse and in my paintings I explore their beauty and their vulnerability.

Growing up in Ireland, it was not uncommon on our cul de sac, in a newly built housing estate, to have the occasional farm animal wander down our road. I don’t remember chickens but maybe that is because chickens don’t wander far from their homes and they return promptly at dusk to roost. My childhood was split between two countries. With the chicken as my muse, my poultry portraits have allowed me to revisit the landscape of Ireland, explore the nostalgic and comforting qualities of pattern, and examine issues relating to home, life and death, and allegiance.



Chantelle Norton was born in Dublin, Ireland and spent her childhood split between the United States and Ireland. She studied painting at a variety of colleges, including Rhode Island School of Design, National College of Art and Design Dublin, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also has a degree in Fashion Design from Parsons The New School for Design. She currently resides in Cold Spring with her partner, pet chickens, cats and a dog.