Lewis Noble

In recent years Lewis Noble has focused exclusively on painting the landscape. This provides the opportunity to experiment with ‘pure painting’ whilst retaining an essential grounding in observation.

Noble’s work draws on the diverse landscapes of the Peak District, Scotland, Wales and France. Creating clear, defined bodies of work, he explores his chosen subject through changing emotions, movement, light & colour.

Noble is particularly well known in Derbyshire and was the county’s artist in residence during 2001 as part of theVickers Art Prize, when he produced paintings at four prominent locations around the county including Chatsworth. He has held numerous solo exhibitions over the past ten years and his work can be found in some of Britain’s finest galleries.His paintings are in private and public collections in Britain, Australia and the USA.

http://lewisnoble.co.uk Lewis Noble – CHATSWORTH REFLECTED In 2009 Lewis Noble is working with Chatsworth making a body of work in response to the estate. This unique project will carry on through to May 2009 ending with an exhibition at the Hart Gallery, London and a preview show at Chatsworth in March.

Chatsworth has a long and illustrious involvement with the arts and with certain individual artists and of course the Sotheby’s sometimes controversial ‘Beyond Limits’ sculpture shows (Sept 2- Nov 9). "Personally, I think it’s wonderful that the collection continues to live and grow, as no two people will agree on what they like - old or new - which is what makes this mixture of the historical and contemporary so fascinating."

This is the first time that an artist has spent such an intensive period painting at Chatsworth , making Lewis feel extremely privileged to be doing so.

"I have started by producing a lot of paintings and drawings directly in the landscape and gardens as I like to paint outside to get the feel for a place. I am also making a series of large scale studio oil paintings, developing themes and subjects from the work made on site. If you visit the central area of the Paxton Conservative in the gardens over the next few weeks you should be able to see the first of these on display."

Anyone who has been following his work so far will probably gather that he has become quite fascinated with the way water is so fundamental to the experience of visiting Chatsworth. Following the flow of the water from its main source in the lakes above the house to its entry to the Derwent River that winds through the park. The use of water is not only decorative but functional in that it still powers an electric generator (originally one of the first of its kind). Most interesting is the way that the movement of water sparkling its way down through the estate seems to animate the landscape and create a sense of somewhere that is alive and vital.

Lewis very much wants this body of work to be far more than just ‘Views of Chatsworth’ but to make work that gets into the fabric of the place and tries to say something about it. The title ‘Chatsworth Reflected’ hopefully implies treading the less obvious and more thought provoking path.

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About Lewis Noble

Background In recent years Lewis Noble has focused exclusively on painting the landscape. This provides the opportunity to experiment with ‘pure painting’ whilst retaining an essential observation.