A brief introduction to one of the nominees for the 2012 Turner Prize

  • Paul Noble  Public Toilet, 1999 © Paul Noble / Gagosian, London
    Paul Noble, Public Toilet 1999

Nominated for
His solo exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, London.

Who he is
Active since the late 1980s, Noble has had major shows at the Whitechapel and Gagosian galleries. His ongoing project is his enormous and precisely detailed pencil drawings of the fictional metropolis Nobson Newtown. Rendered in ‘cavalier projection’ like technical drawings and incorporating words written in his own blocky font, Noble’s work creates a darkly satirical mini-cosmos.

What they say
‘You do not need to grasp Noble’s myriad sources to understand that [his work] is an epic vision of the ridiculousness and mysteries of human life. It resembles one of British art’s true magnum opuses.’ Ben Luke, Evening Standard

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