Tree of LifeGregory Noblin
Digital print with pigment inks, watercolor, acrylic, tempera on Wood New
Finished black edges
Ready to hang
Signed on back
31" h x 31" w x 2.5" d |16 lbs. 15 oz.
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Inspired by the images of the movie "The Fountain" I wanted to create a classic "Tree of Life" surrounded by a bubble to illustrate the concept of several things. First is the obvious "living in a bubble" aspect people can sometimes unknowingly fall into, an insulated experience where comfort is kept near and an artificial boundary created to keep undesirable things afar. Inside this bubble circle is a tree, a tree that can only grow to the limits of the walls of the enclosure. Also, the bubble is a circle, the circle of life. A symbol of birth, experience, death repeated throughout nature.
As with all my work, the presentation of this piece is to create a vintaged, found, look and feel. The intent is to make the physicality of the work to feel hand made, a bit rough, and appear as if it were old and found somewhere. When I get an idea, I source all the materials I need to complete the scene. This means photographing the elements needed to construct the image, then combining them in Photoshop. Next I print the image over several sheets of paper and cut them into squares by hand. I then mount the squares to wood panel, at times handmade. I fill in the gaps with paint and give a top texture layer with semi-gloss gel medium.
This piece is comprised of a giclée print, K3 pigment inks, PVA, watercolor, tempera, acrylic, and gel medium on a cradled panel with finished black sides. It comes ready to hang.
The panels devised by mixed-media artist Gregory Noblin are steeped in fable and fantasy. Gregory closely connects his subject matter with childhood, and turning imagined stories into a visual reality. When he envisions a scene, he begins by photographing the elements needed to construct the image and combining them in Photoshop. He then cuts and assembles the piece by hand, adding further details with watercolor, tempera, and acrylic paint. “The physical nature of the work is the intentional effort to make it look vintage and worn,” says Gregory. The final images are at once whimsical and surreal, each with an underlying metaphor or meaning.