Norton Flavel studied at Edith Cowan University, School of Visual Art. In his graduation exhibition he received the John Birman Memorial Award for the best work in any media.
While developing as an artist, he worked at Edith Cowan University in the Glass, Sculpture and 3D design studios. Flavel has since managed the Cannery Arts Centre and ECU’s Spectrum Project Space in Northbridge. He has exhibited work both nationally and internationally and worked on public art projects and consulted for many well-known WA artists, particularly in the techniques of moulding, casting, fabrication and installation. He established Blastform, a company using explosive forming techniques to produce complex metal forms.
Flavel received considerable media attention for ‘Bulk Carrier’ at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2014, and received the WA Sculptor’s Scholarship Award at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2015 for ‘Lucky Country’, which was purchased for the Town of Cottesloe Collection. In 2022, he was one of three Bendat Family Foundation WA Invited Artists. Flavel exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015 and 2016, for which he received a prestigious Helen Lempriere Scholarship.