Minju Kim

Five Minutes with Mark Noble

Mark discusses how his art has helped him overcome his dyslexia and communicate to others

What inspires you to create art? 

I have always enjoyed painting the natural world. I try my best to paint with passion and capture the little details that are often overlooked. One of the things that excites me the most is the unpredictability of the weather. I’ve lived by the sea and the mood is forever changing. My main motivation is seeing others react positively to my work. People have told me that my art has triggered an emotional response, often something that reminds them of their childhood.

I consider myself to be a creative painter specialising in Romanticism and Impressionism, and always wanted to follow in the footsteps of Turner, Edward Church and Constable. Fellow artists have given me the title ‘Turner of the 21st Century’. I call myself the ‘Painter of Light’.

What is your creative process? 
In my opinion, the two most important things are to a) enjoy creating art and b) keep things as simple as possible. I often use washes of colour, but this differs from painting to painting. I use a variety of tools like pallet knives and brushes in creative ways. My main medium is acrylic on canvas, but I’ve recently been experimenting with painting on all kinds of recyclable materials, including bark, tiles and table tops. When I can, I prefer use a simple colour palette.
What has been your favourite or most memorable art sale? 
I have sold art to J D Wetherspoon. Several years ago, some of my art was displayed at Westminster for a government run exhibition celebrating 40 years of the Disability Rights Act.
How has your arts business/career changed over the past 6 months? 
The pandemic has focused my mind and made me realise what’s important in life. I’ve revamped my studio, I’m more active on social media and I’m trying harder to showcase my creative art via online galleries. I have also received help and guidance from some close friends who are organising, cataloguing and promoting my art, updating/maintaining my website and social media and applying for funding.


 ‘Be an individual, listen to others and believe in yourself.’


Finally, what is the most rewarding part of being an artist?

I am autistic and severely dyslexic. Art is one of the ways in which I can communicate effectively with other people. I have been lucky enough to express myself creatively and share my talent with the rest of the world. I find making people happy, visiting galleries and meeting fellow artists to be very rewarding. Being a member of The VAA has given me a springboard to get more likeminded individuals interested in my art. In the long term, I hope not only to sell more work, but learn and grow.