His works feature imagery that defy recognized parameters of space and time. Landscapes, objects and body parts are stacked, repeated and twisted out of context, as if they inhabit another dimension.
"[Ormsby’s] visual language shows his personal evolution as an artist prepared to seek out his full potential. His restrained yet voluble pencil and brush marks are complex studies. He has a capacity to make his art reappear as if it struts and strides into traditional and mathematical systems that interconnect with culture. He has a joyous approach to colour and uses natural pigments and oils, graphite and ink materials."
~ Ngahiraka Mason
Ormsby received a Master of Fine Art from RMIT and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Melbourne. Upon returning to New Zealand he was commissioned to paint AUT's wharenui (meeting house) and the ceiling design and artwork for the RNZ Navy wharenui.
He has been a finalist in both the National Contemporary Art Awards, the Wallace Art Awards as well as the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Awards.