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Norms do… Amsterdam’s Red Light District

Before I had even booked my trip to Amsterdam, I couldn’t help but plan a Norm representation of what must be Amsterdam’s most renowned attraction: its red light district. Some people see Norms as being child-friendly. This painting may persuade them otherwise. Here Norms are dressed in sex head to…err…round base, with lacey bras, thongs and other revealing lingerie. On their hands, acrylic nails to tap against the glass windows help them to attract the attention of their shy customers, while heavy makeup and perfectly coiffed hair complete a carefully manicured look. As for the customers, they come from all walks of life. Here is a business man, skulking away from work, hoping for a “quickie” before he goes home to his affluent home, his wife and children. There too is a sailor, desperate after weeks away at sea for a lady’s touch. And finally we have the Norm chav, covered in tattoos and a dirty vest – he can’t afford these classy scarlet women of the night, but he can stare, and wish.

Norms in Amsterdam's Red Light District (2012 © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown, acrylic on canvas)

The canvas is a box canvas, so I have painted around the sides to feature more buildings, and a few more of those lovely ladies. You can see the sides, and some detailed shots of the canvas below. Enjoy!


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7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sexy Norms. 😉 How cool and well done. 🙂

    March 20, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      I know! I never knew Norms could be so sexy… so glad you like! Thanks for your comment!

      March 21, 2012
  2. Never knew Norms could be so sexy 😉 Great job. It makes me feel like I am there watching and waiting to see what happens next.

    March 20, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Thanks! I know… it makes me want to do animation, just so we could see what happens next! Thanks for your thoughts!

      March 21, 2012
  3. millie #

    This is the BEST thing i have ever seen!!! Are you selling it?!?!?! 🙂

    March 20, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Well yes… all Norms are for sale! I shall email you!

      March 21, 2012
  4. Gillian Brown #

    Wonderful – I absolutely love it!

    March 20, 2012

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