Norm Hurn

Biography
Norman Hurn was born in 1926, in Croydon, South London, the son of a father who was a buyer of fabrics and a mother who was a schoolteacher. When he was fourteen, he left school and went to the Junior Art Department of Twickenham School of Art in the first year of World War II. After completing art school he joined the Volunteer Reserve for the Army and then transferred to Survey and Mapping, which ultimately gave him a job for life as a photogrammetrist (map-maker). His mother was widowed and was left with debts, so Norman went to Canada, where the wages were much higher, and in three years the debt was cleared. After his time in Canada, Norman got itchy feet and decided to try living in New Zealand, settling in the Hutt Valley in the early 1960s and working with the Department of Lands and Survey before eventually retiring to Wanganui. Although he made return trips to England, Hurn remained in New Zealand until his death.
(from 2007 exhibition introduction)
b.1926, d.2007
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