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Tony Norman’s Geezers

November 18, 2018
by the gentle author

Reader Tony Norman from Brighton sent me these wonderful photographs of sculptures he has made, inspired by the faces in photographs by Phil Maxwell, John Claridge & Markéta Luskačová published in the pages of Spitalfields Life. “I rely on driftwood and metal-detecting pieces,” he explained to me, “I try and make them without changing the bits. As my stock of wood reduces it gets harder to make anything, but it is fun.”

Geezer Shopping

Cafe Geezer


Geezer & Dog

This town comin’ like a ghost town

Geezer with a map

Skipping Girl

Ron & Rene

Brighton Geezer




Talking Heads

Geezer with camera

Gangster Crims


Images copyright © Tony Norman

You may also like to take a look at

Phil Maxwell’s Brick Lane

John Claridge’s East End

Markéta Luskačová’s Brick Lane

18 Responses leave one →
  1. November 18, 2018

    Great work! I especially liked his ghost, and of course the dogs. Well done.

  2. November 18, 2018

    What fun figures! Valerie

  3. Sophie permalink
    November 18, 2018

    Love it!
    Does Tony exhibit or sale some of his pieces somewhere in Brighton?

  4. Greg Tingey permalink
    November 18, 2018

    Max Ernst would probably have approved ….

  5. Vicky Stewart permalink
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  6. Jane Gadd permalink
    November 18, 2018

    Utterly brilliant! So imaginative. Are they displayed anywhere or for sale?

  7. November 18, 2018

    What a bonanza! Tony has just elevated “found object art” to a new/narrative height. I hope that we might someday get a peek at his workspace… a mixed-media artist, I always like to see how other artists wrangle with their “stuff”. In Tony’s case, I suspect there is a wellspring of over-flowing fascinating “grunge”. (in the best possible way, of course)
    There are strong echoes of “The Scream” in that ghost — love it!
    Thank you, GA, as ever.

  8. Jill Wilson permalink
    November 18, 2018

    Absolutely brilliant! I can feel an exhibition coming on… I’d love to see them in the flesh so to speak.

  9. Liz permalink
    November 18, 2018

    Love them!

  10. November 18, 2018


    Do you have any contact details for Tony. These are bloody marvellous and I would like to buy one. I can’t seem to find any information about him on the internet which in my opinion makes them even better.



  11. Amanda permalink
    November 18, 2018

    These are brilliantly humourous,
    I had great fun guessing the bits.
    Tony has inspired me to go treaure hunting on the beach tomorrow.

    Café Geezer’s mouth seems to be an apt slice of fig roll.
    Mad, but l can ‘see’ my family – the
    first one, Shopping Geezer might be ‘Alf Garnett’ or my darling Grandad with our first Boxer.
    (note the nostalgic Osram light bulb)

    Second, Walkies, could be my Dad – same eyebrows ! with our next Boxer Max.
    Somewhere there is my neighbour in Spain with the comb tache and map of Scotland.
    And if l was forced to choose just one for my wall it would be LICKED for the sheer contentment they both exude.

    l would love to see Tony’s collection too l hope he has an Open Day.
    Thank you GA for making my Sunday.

  12. Lucy permalink
    November 18, 2018

    Fantastic and great fun!
    I’m wondering what kind of size they are…?

  13. Molly Porter permalink
    November 19, 2018

    These are just brilliant! Thanks for sharing via Spitalfields Life…

  14. Annie permalink
    November 19, 2018

    Love them!

  15. Barbara permalink
    November 19, 2018

    These are absolutely brilliant. I hope somebody gives him a show. They would be wonderful to see all together.

  16. Beth Jameson permalink
    November 19, 2018

    Fantastic work. I too would like to know more about the work and artist. If possible can someone send me some information please.

  17. November 20, 2018

    I love thes sculptures and am flattered that David was inspired by some of the faces in my photographs.

  18. November 21, 2018

    Utterly brilliant.

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