Artwork by Turner Prize-nominated artist Paul Noble has been acquired by the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne.
‘Villa Joe’ (2008) is a large scale wool tapestry which is the centrepiece of the artist’s installation ‘Paul Noble Marble Hall’, currently on show at the Laing. The work has been bought with the support of the Art Fund and the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, with contribution from the Friends of the Laing Art Gallery.
A further ceramic work by Paul Noble has also been gifted to the Laing Art Gallery by the artist.
Julie Milne, Chief Curator of the Laing Art Gallery, said:
“Paul Noble’s installation looks absolutely spectacular in the marble hall of Laing Art Gallery. We’re delighted that we’ve been able to acquire his tapestry Villa Joe for the Laing Art Gallery’s collection and of course we owe a huge thanks to Paul Noble himself who has gifted an additional ceramic sculpture to the gallery.
“Both the pieces will now become a permanent part of the Laing’s collection of art so that they can be enjoyed by many more people for years to come.”
Cllr Ged Bell, Chair of the Tyne & Wear Joint Archives & Museums Committee said:
“Although now based in London, Paul Noble grew up in Whitley Bay, and it is a huge pleasure to have his internationally renowned work on show here in the North East at the Laing Art Gallery.”
‘Villa Joe’ shows an imaginary landscape which the artist has said is influenced by the region where he grew up – in particular "the flat, grey skies of wintry Whitley Bay".
Paul Noble was nominated for the 2012 Turner Prize alongside artists Luke Fowler, Elizabeth Price and Spartacus Chetwynd.
The ‘Paul Noble Marble Hall’ installation of artwork by Paul Noble is inspired by the Laing Art Gallery’s original building. It was supported by the Friends of the Laing Art Gallery and is on show now at the Laing.