1914, UK - 1987, Canada
Norman McLaren’s films comprise a coherent and extraordinary whole based on astounding inventiveness, innovative research and deeply-rooted humanism. Influenced both by Surrealism and by his pacifist convictions, his determination to explore new techniques led to a body of work that won him international recognition. Over his career he made 59 films, most of them leaning towards experimental animation. His works reaped over two hundred international awards, including an Oscar for best documentary for Neighbours, which was added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World programme in 2009. His work endures as a beacon for creativity and modernism.
Norman McLaren. La poulette grise, 1947.