Paul Noble | Noband (2004)
Medium: Digital pigment print on Somerset enhanced velvet 255 gsm
Dimensions: 38.8 x 31.8 cm
Edition of 150
About the work
Based on his fantasy city Nobson Newtown, this edition Noband is a snapshot taken from one of Paul Noble’s drawings, where comic ‘slugs’ get time off from re-enacting the New Testament.
About the artist
Since the 1990s drawing has been Paul Noble’s primary medium, in particular the construction on paper of Nobson Newtown. This fantasy city, meticulously drawn and epic in scale and intent, features its own Nobspital, Shopping Mall, Ye Olde Ruin and Nobsend (the city cemetery). Each element is rendered with extraordinary draughtsmanship and described in complex architectural and textual detail. Noble has even designed his own font, Nobsfont, a three-dimensional font based on modernist architectural forms, which he uses almost like building blocks in his compositions to spell out each drawing’s name. The resulting drawings, monumental in scale, level and detail, constitute a major ongoing exploration into both Utopian urban planning and the ravages of contemporary urban decline, a sense of strong social conviction informing much of Noble’s work