Born in Adelaide in 1962, Jill Noble studied at the South Australian School of Art before moving to Melbourne in 1982 where she became a founding member of ROAR studios. A modern painter and sculptor, she has exhibited in the south eastern capital cities since 1982. Jill Noble’s work is represented in the Australian National Gallery and National Gallery of Victoria.
My work is predominately landscape inspired. Reduced and simplified into motifs, a language of real and invented shapes. Real perspective is replaced by flattened spatial planes.
The invented space is decided through a process of adding and subtracting to and from negative & positive forms. I edit until these arrangements share a harmonious composure, hopefully with a resonance evident of their original inspiration. Arrangement and reduction is crucial in my aesthetic decision making.
I deliberately create works which look simple. An uncluttered narrative, devoid of extras and to the point, finding a visually restful place.
The incentive comes from real life observations, anything from a grand open vista to a humble corner paddock with old shed. My considerations are form, space, colour and texture and their endless arrangement potential. These elements are given priority over striving towards realism and any of it’s implied principles.
Whimsy and light heartedness temper any notion of grand design. I feel a genuine warmth for my subject matter which I find in many places.
Recent work has come from observations within the north central farmlands of Victoria’s boulder country. Landscapes which inform compositions with bold and endless shape making.
While other inspirations have been collected whilst tending to little jobs around my Lancefield farm block. Farm things which arrange themselves in an open paddock become muse; paddock becomes blank canvas, playfully edited and directed. Other inspirations have been collected in places I’ve lived and continue to visit, such as the Gippsland Lakes and the South Australian desert.