Norman Whitla: About

Norman Whitla was born in Bangor Co. Down in 1936.  He is a trained tool maker and machine tool designer who has worked in both Belfast and Toronto, Canada. From early days Norman has been interested in sketching “things mechanical” and soon developed an appreciation for ‘art in industry’.  Later in life he took to painting, specialising in subjects such as industry of the past e.g, steam railways, agricultural machinery, vintage and classic road vehicles, sail and steam shipping, tramways, aircraft etc.

His work has been exhibited in both Northern Ireland and England in locations including Birmingham Museum of Industry and Model Engineers Exhibition, Olympia, London. He has also had a range of successful one-man and joint shows in Ulster. Most of his current work is commissioned by individuals who share the same eye for detail and accuracy as Norman himself.