Paul Noble

Maquette 2010
Sculpey
14cm x 10cm x 8cm

Paul Noble was born in 1963 in Dilston, Northumberland. He was one of five founding members of City Racing, an influential artists’ space in London, where he later exhibited in 1990. His practice encompasses painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and also installations. Noble has received widespread international recognition for his monumental project, the meticulous depiction of a fictional city titled Nobson Newtown, which he began in 1995. The city is created on a series of wall sized drawings depicting the fantastical cityscape. The work signifies a utopian vision led astray, and suggests a parody of modern town planning, and the ‘garden cities’ that sprang up around England in the wake of the First World War.

A dedicated draftsman, his intricate drawings are punctuated by varied amorphous forms engaging in human-like behaviour. Paul Noble’s donation this year presents a sculptural realisation of a specific reoccurring feature in his urban landscapes. Noble’s work has been exhibited in London at Cubitt Gallery (1995), Chisenhale Gallery (1998), Tate Britain (1999), and Whitechapel Art Gallery (2004); and internationally at the Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo(2003), Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam and the Migros Museum, Zurich (2005) and most recently the Contemporary Art Society (2010). Noble lives and works in London.

Artwork kindly donated by Paul Noble, courtesy of Gagosian Gallery