Norman Dilworth (Born 1931)Born in Wigan, Lancashire, Norman Dilworth showed an early interest in mathematics but was discouraged by a school prefect and decided to pursue a career in art. After studying at the Wigan School of Art (1949-1952) he gained a place at the Slade School of Art, where he studied until 1956. In 1955 he won the Tonks Prize and the following year he was awarded the Sunday Times Drawing Prize. After being awarded a scholarship by the French Government in 1956, Dilworth went to study in Paris where he became interested in and influenced by the works of Cézanne, Giacometti, and Feininger. In his earlier years Dilworth worked with steel rods and other forms of metal; the late 70s saw him working more with wood. Since the 1950s he has emerged as a key figure in contemporary art, exhibiting in the early Young Contemporaries Exhibitions (1953, 1954 & 1955, initially held in the vacant RBA galleries in Suffolk and moving on to the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London) and the John Moores Exhibition (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1959). In 1981 he moved to Amsterdam and began to exhibit extensively in Europe; this included the solo retrospectives at the Mondrianhuis (Amsterdam) in 2001 and at the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) in 2002. His works are in collections such as Tate, the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Arts Council of Wales and the British Council. He lives and works in France.