Artist, Norm Johnson has a highly varied resume: Journalist, off-road racer, open-road racer, publicist, famous race founder and, who today has turned his focus towards his passion….ART.
Norm’s lost wax bronze sculptures of horses and cowboys have been said to be reminiscent of Frederic Remington’s great works. His new series titled SeaLife began in 2001 and continues to grow month-by-month. He presently has four bronzes on display with a number of unique pieces ready for casting at the foundry. Norm also has been commissioned to produce special one-of-a-kind Trophies and Whale Flukes.
Johnson began his sculpting as a student in High School while growing up in Southern California. He began his journalistic career as a reporter for Copley News Service in Los Angeles, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Watts Riot in 1965. Norm did win the Copley, UPS and Associated Press Awards that year for Spot News Story. That year Johnson was named assistant sports editor for the Las Vegas Sun.
In 1968, he accepted a position in public relations for the Del Webb Corporation at the Mint Hotel (now part of the Horseshoe) where he created the world famous Mint 400 Off-Road Race. Soon he was being asked by various entertainers to do local, as well as national publicity. Norm formed his own public relations company in 1976 and continues to handle a very select number of entertainers, preferring to remain semi-retired.
As a journalist, Johnson continues to write a weekly syndicated column titled “It’s The Norm,” which is also featured on Las Vegas Leisure Guide on the internet. His featured articles, numbering in the hundreds, have appeared in numerous local, regional and national magazines on a variety of subjects ranging from auto racing to celebrities. His book “The History of Off-Road Racing” was published in 1977.
He continues to create special orders from his SeaLife series and will work with any person wanting something special in a Lost Wax Bronze Sculpture, be it small or life-size.
Johnson also continues to compete on a regular basis in his Camaro Z28 in Open Road Race throughout Nevada. You can reach Norm Johnson online at