October 16, 2011

Paul Noble

"Villa Joe, Front View" 2005-2006
Pencil on 2o sheets of 30.25 x 40 inch paper.

Pencil on paper, 98.5 x 59 inches.

"Nobson Central" 1998-1999
Pencil on paper, 300 x 400 cm.

"Noband" 2004
Hard ground sketching ("artist draws through a hard wax that coats the plate," [1])
19 x 28 cm.
[1] http://www.crownpoint.com/printmaking/etching
[2] http://artnews.org/whitechapel/?edi=69

"Mall" 2001-2002
Pencil on paper, 400 x 300 cm.

Paul Noble was born in 1963 in Dilston, Northumberland and currently lives and works in London. He is a British artist that was one of the five "founding members of City Racing, an influential artists' space in London (1988-1998), where he showed in 1990," (a). He is an artist that invents imaginary places such as his work of a fictional city he called "Nobstown Newton" in which he spent eight years on a monumental project with wall-sized drawings. His pieces of space incorporate aerial views of imaginary architecture, to conceptually represent an imaginary place Noble has created in his mind.

I really enjoy Noble's work because it reminds me of what I always wish I could do... create an imaginary place, filled with architectural buildings with both creativity and symbolic meaning. I find his work with simple pencil on paper profoundly enjoyable because it does remind of doodling on paper in class, except Noble takes it to such a grand level filled with intricate detail! Upon analysis, one could view his work to have symbolic meaning such as referencing the Tower of Babel, or one could view his works as including buildings that are "3-D letter of the alphabet spelling out hard to decipher sentences," (b).

a) http://www.gagosian.com/artists/paul-noble/
b) http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/collective/A3009629


  1. I do like how the art work is in black and white, it makes the sketching look better than if it was colored in.

  2. I noticed how he uses a lot of cubism mainly rectangles in his work. The shadows in the cubes create 3-D effect on his work. Additionally, it make his work look like complex puzzel pieces.