Graeme Noble

AADIPL, RIBA(retired)

Graeme is now retired after 40 years in private practice as partner/director in his own practices, that include the last 11 years as a  ‘employed’ design director in two large practices, and one of the aims of retirement is to get back to painting and drawing which were distanced by the demands of work.

Background – in his late teens and early twenties Graeme learned to observe and draw under the influences of political cartoonists Gerald Scarfe and Bill Papas (Guaardian), and to paint by looking very closely at Toulouse Lautrec, Degas and Bonnard. There were various Pop Art heroes, Richard Hamilton in particular, and who could ignore David Hockney, and  the brushwork and colour of Oskar Kokoshka and Emile Nolde. Then there is the New York school of abstract expressionism – Mark Rothko the sublime. The cartoonists and Hockney’s beautiful portraits however took Graeme to portraiture in particular. London during the late 60’s was an extraordinary place for seminal exhibitions – Pop Art, Caro,Hepwoth, Moore, Picasso, Art Deco,Constuctivists, Riley, Lanyon, Heron, Nicholson, Sunderland, Burra, Scott, Lowry, Bonnard, Wallis and on and on…..

Portraiture still figures, along with life drawing (running weekly sessions at the Young Gallery in Salisbury), but from the privilege of having nearly 2 years travelling extensively, a response to landscape has become important, and without a studio, I have found working in chalk pastels has enabled a ‘broad brush’ approach to making abstracted landscapes that respond to the shape, colour and patterns of landscape, as the basis for narrative that can be used to explain the work if required.

Exhibitions and positions held – for about 25 years a committee member of the former Society of Architect Artists, including periods as secretary, exhibition secretary, and chair, with the main task being central to organising, selecting and hanging the annual exhibition. And now Graeme is one of the ‘old guard’ helping to re-establish the SocAA in its new guise.

For the last 2.5 years I have been an active member of the Friends of the Young Gallery in Salisbury, helping to organise an annual  exhibition for the friends, and monthly talks by artists and curators titled ‘Conversations about Art. I made a presentation on Abstract Expression, in particular Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, and there is to be another talk on Pop Art in March.


1978 – 2004 Society of Architect Artists in Architecture Annual Exhibitions
2017     Society of Artists in Architecture Annual Exhibition
2018     Society of Artists in Architecture Annual Exhibition
2019     Society of Artists in Architecture Annual Exhibition

2018    Young Gallery Friends Open Exhibition, Salisbury
2019    Young Gallery Friends Open Exhibition, Salisbury

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