Derek Noble


A practicing architect, Derek Noble uses formal and conceptual elements to make space. In his practice, Noble manipulates space through the use of the human body and movement, site and context, form and materials, believing that architecture is only truly understood while physically interacting with a space. His paintings seek to experiment with that interaction on a more personal scale without the programmatic and utilitarian structures of design; the form and space in his work implies movement and focus or the the first interaction between the body and mind.

His work treads along a consistent landscape theme (Out) to a new internal cellular form (Inside). The inner and external universes are marked by a tension represented in layers of color and texture. His paintings are bold proclamations, under which is a guarded and complicated imagination. It is that dynamic relationship of harmony and contrast which engages the viewer, stirring memory and emotion.