Keith Noble works mainly in watercolour and has great admiration for the skills of Turner and John Singer Sargent. He considers himself a modern traditional painter but strive to put extra impact in my work through use of subject material, working contre-jour and implementing some design element in each painting.
Keith works mainly in watercolour but also some oils. His favourite subject matters are coastal, architectural and figurative and also some landscapes. In watercolour, Keith works in the traditional way using pure sable brushes, applying very little body colour, with all the highlights being reversed out to leave white paper showing through. He works wet in wet, very rarely using more than three washes which gives a softness to his work. Keith is fascinated by the effects of light and atmosphere on a subject, this being the inspiration to paint that subject. He uses three watercolour papers…Fabriano Artistica 140lb rough, Two Rivers 200 and 300lb rough and also Saunders 300lb rough – the latter being substantial enough to eliminate stretching. Small works are produced on site, medium and large works in the studio. Keith always carry a digital camera (invaluable), which acts as a reference from which he produces artworks in the studio in bad weather.
Born Chorley, Lancashire 4 February 1949.
Studied at Bolton College of Art and Blackpool College of Art.
1967-1971 Obtained Membership of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers.
1972 – 1974 Worked in design studios in Manchester and Coventry.
1974-1994 in London as a Designer/Illustrator. Worked for advertising agencies and design groups, progressing to Art Director and then Creative Director and co-owing a top London Design/Illustration Studio.
1994 Left London and moved to Shropshire to become a full-time artist (Fine Art) - watercolour and oils.
President of Ludlow Art Society
Highest Commendation for a watercolour in exhibition, The Tabernacle Museum of Modern Art in Wales
The Lincoln/Joyce Donald Blake Award for an Outstanding Watercolour at the RI exhibition, Mall Galleries, 2005
Award for Best Watercolour at the RSMA exhibition, Mall Galleries, 2007
Windsor & Newton prize for the best oil painting in the 2010 RSMA exhibition
The Russell & Chapple Prize 2014 at The Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition
Solo exhibitions for the past 13 years at The Silk Top Hat Gallery, Ludlow, Shropshire.
Next solo exhibition June 2011 (40-50 paintings)
Lincoln Joyce Fine Art, Great Bookham, Surrey
Fine Art UK, Ledbury, Herefordshire
Red Rag Gallery, Stow on the Wold, Cotswolds
Kendalls Fine Art, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Walton Nash Fine Art, SurreyWorkshop Wales, Near Fishguard, Pembrokeshire
Keith has written articles and has produced a photographed demonstration for the Art of Drawing and Painting, The Artist & Illustrator Magazine and The Artist Magazine.
Keith's favourite subject matters are coastal scenes, and his work often features architectural elements. The artist prefers to paint smaller works on site, and larger works in the studio (using photos as a reference). Keith is happy to comply with very specific commission briefs, and is also willing to replicate earlier works. Commissioned pieces could be completed within several days, but for larger works or works that require a lot of preparation, a period of up to 2 months might be required.
The Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire