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Lewis Noble has lived and worked in Derbyshire since 1996. Over this time he has built a reputation as one of central England’s foremost artists. His focus lies in the physical and emotional impact of the landscape on the senses. The result is a body of work that speaks to the very heart of what it means to be part of the environment around us. “This work is drawn mostly from the landscape near my home in the Peak District.
It’s essential for me to paint outside, as the main theme of the paintings is the experience of being in the landscape so all of the smaller paintings are completed on location. The atmosphere of the place is the real subject. I will often return to the same location many times, reworking paintings, until they start to give back some of the felling I am looking for. Sounds and other sensations can also be very important in the work and and sometimes the titles will refer to and these and are usually references to things which occur to me as I am painting.
I work using a mixture of watercolour, gouache and acrylic, using the different properties of each to build up a layered surface which can be worked into, scored and worked over. I think of the process of applying, removing and reapplying paint is similar to the way the landscape itself is laid down over time, eroded and rebuilt by natural forces.”
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