Norval Gill (Art Education 1937) was born in Stockton in 1914. He began his artistic career during the Great Depression, and today, approaching his second century of life, he is still working and enjoying his craft.
Along the way he was on the Federal Art Project, worked as an illustrator and draftsman at an aircraft company, and has been a teacher, a graphic designer, a painter, a sculptor, and a devoted family man.
Gill is reluctant to differentiate between art for illustration, exhibition, personal enjoyment, and advertising. “I’ve always felt that art is art, and art that is done for a particular purpose does not make it less worthwhile.”
His influences have included the writings and philosophy of the British type designer and sculptor Eric Gill as well as his CCA(C) professor Glenn Wessels, who first exposed him to Lewis Mumford’s book Technics and Civilization and connected him with the Federal Art Project after graduation.