About

Noble’s practice has a strong drawn element mixing automatic drawing, Chinese landscape aesthetics and layers of varnish. Over the last two years Noble has devoted his practice to the description of an imaginary ancient culture called 'The Meiklians', who built the stone circles around his home in Aberdeenshire. Through drawing, painting and writing he describes this fictional territory of mind, calling the collective body of work 'The Meiklian Project'.

His works offer an alternative meditation on the Scottish landscape, influenced by the ancient landscape of Aberdeenshire, a passion for rewilding the Scottish wilderness and the Chinese Landscape Painting traditions he saw whilst living in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

In his paintings Noble experiments with medium and mark making in an effort to describe the strong impressions that his research and experiences have made upon him, endless archaic forests, hallucinatory visions of starlit skies untainted by light pollution, pine studded knolls, recumbent stone circles, supernatural shamanism and views of the distant mountain, Bennachie.

Noble utilises a unique blend of media, experimenting with turbulent layers of varnish, jewel like painted details, ancient Chinese pigments of Malachite, Vermillion and Lapis Lazuli and a high embellishment of intricate drawing. The surfaces upon which he works are measured to the academically rejected dimension, the 'Megalithic Yard’ which was suggested by archeo astronomer Alexander Thom. This refuted measurement has become an integral part of Noble's process, becoming the foundation upon which he projects his vision of a radical prehistory.

The creation of Meiklian relics is integral part of Noble's practice. Working directly with animal bone or skin, he depicts pictographic narratives on to domesticated animals and works more automatically with wild animals. Such relics create the evidence for the Meiklians and suggest a narrative of a hunter gathering community ending their way of life.

 

Contact: kylenoble@live.co.uk

 

Prizes: 

 

  • Shortlisted fot the John Ruskin Prize, 2017
  • RSA Highland Society of London Award, 2014
  • RSA William Littlejohn Award, Royal Scottish Academy, 2013
  • Selected for Jerwood Drawing Prize, 2013
  • Shortlisted for Inaugural Student Award, 108 Fine Art, 2013
  • Shortlisted for Chadwell Award, Acme Studios, 2013
  • Edinburgh University Purchase Prizes, 2013
  • Aberdeen Visual Arts Awards Scheme, 2009

 Residencies:

  • Bothy Project, Inschriach Estate, Aviemore 2014

 

Selected Exhibitions

2016 'The Artist Traveller, RSA, Edinburgh

2016 RSA Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

2016 Irvine and Noble, Victoria Bar, Edinburgh

2015 'Before the Stones', Solo Show, Newave Gallery, Aberdeen

2015 Solo show, Victoria Bar, Edinburgh

2015 Spring Salon, Candid Gallery, London

2015 Outsider Art, Candid Gallery, London

2015 Solo show, Victoria Bar, Edinburgh

2014 'It's just a quick walk to the future from here', Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh

2014 'Have we met before', John Martin Gallery, London

2014   'William Littlejohn Award Winners', Kinblethmont Gallery, Arbroath

2014   'RSA Annual Exhibition', Edinburgh

2014   'Art 14', John Martin Gallery, London

2014   'London Art Fair', John Martin Gallery and 108 Fine Art, London

2013   'Jerwood Drawing Prize', London

2013   'Summer Show' , John Martin Gallery, London

2013   'Aberdeen Artists', Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen

2013    'The Meiklian Culture', MFA Degree Show, Edinburgh

2013    RSA Open, RSA, Edinburgh

2012    'Animal Integrity', Roslyn Institute, East Lothian

2012    Doctrine of Signatures, Polar Cap, Dunbar

2011    Irvine and Noble, Cupar Arts Festival, Fife

2011     North East Open Studios, Syllavethy Gallery, Aberdeenshire

2011    Imagination, Tin Pan Alley, Tainan, Taiwan

2010     Fire and Ice, PVAF and Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch Tay

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