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Scott Noel

Current Events, Provisional Paintings

November 3 - 27, 2021

Selected Works Thumbnails
Blue Studio  54" x 50"  Oil On Linen

Blue Studio (SOLD)

54" x 50"

Oil On Linen

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Cake And Grapes  24" x 30"  Oil On Linen

Cake And Grapes

24" x 30"

Oil On Linen

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Clemency For Callisto And Actaeon  72" x 148"  Oil On Linen

Clemency For Callisto And Actaeon

72" x 148"

Oil On Linen

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Elevator Lobby On The Outskirts Of Paradise  70" x 148"  Oil On Linen

Elevator Lobby On The Outskirts Of Paradise

70" x 148"

Oil On Linen

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Esther And Her Advisors  54" x 48"  Oil On Linen

Esther And Her Advisors

54" x 48"

Oil On Linen

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Jan's Cherry Pie I  24" x 30"  Oil On Linen

Jan's Cherry Pie I

24" x 30"

Oil On Linen

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Jan's Cherry Pie II  24" x 30"  Oil On Linen

Jan's Cherry Pie II

24" x 30"

Oil On Linen

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Joseph And Kiera In Sunlight  50" x 64"  Oil On Linen

Joseph And Kiera In Sunlight

50" x 64"

Oil On Linen

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Judgement Of Paris  62" x 146"  Oil On Linen

Judgement Of Paris

62" x 146"

Oil On Linen

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Kiera With Broad Street  34" x 32"  Oil On Linen

Kiera With Broad Street

34" x 32"

Oil On Linen

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Lilith And Adam In The Workshop  80" x 130"  Oil On Linen

Lilith And Adam In The Workshop

80" x 130"

Oil On Linen

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Marcus And Mina With Rowhouses  52" x 80"  Oil On Linen

Marcus And Mina With Rowhouses

52" x 80"

Oil On Linen

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Portrait Of Marcus  38" x 42"  Oil On Linen

Portrait Of Marcus

38" x 42"

Oil On Linen

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Portrait Of Dave  50" x 46"  Oil On Linen

Portrait Of Dave

50" x 46"

Oil On Linen

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Portrait Of Carol  26" x 20"  Oil On Linen

Portrait Of Carol

26" x 20"

Oil On Linen

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Pictures At An Exhibition  42" x 104"  Oil On Linen

Pictures At An Exhibition

42" x 104"

Oil On Linen

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Patrice In The Studio  44" x 48"  Oil On Linen

Patrice In The Studio

44" x 48"

Oil On Linen

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Medusa On Lenfest Plaza  80" x 42"  Oil On Linen

Medusa On Lenfest Plaza

80" x 42"

Oil On Linen

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Marcus In The Garage  30" x 108"  Oil On Linen

Marcus In The Garage

30" x 108"

Oil On Linen

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Portrait Of Medusa  30" x 44"  Pastel On Paper

Portrait Of Medusa

30" x 44"

Pastel On Paper

 

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Portrait Of Rosey  64" x 58"  Oil On Linen

Portrait Of Rosey

64" x 58"

Oil On Linen

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Roses On Pensdale  30" x 28"  Oil On Linen

Roses On Pensdale (SOLD)

30" x 28"

Oil On Linen

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Still Life With Cookies  24" x 30"  Oil On Linen

Still Life With Cookies

24" x 30"

Oil On Linen

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Still Life With Reflection  70" x 26"  Oil On Linen

Still Life With Reflection (SOLD)

70" x 26"

Oil On Linen

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Still Life With Split Pomegranate  30" x 24"  Oil On Linen

Still Life With Split Pomegranate

30" x 24"

Oil On Linen

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The Cake That Survives Its Eating  34" x 62"  Oil On Linen

The Cake That Survives Its Eating

34" x 62"

Oil On Linen

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The Porch In May  30" x 48"  Oil On Linen

The Porch In May

30" x 48"

Oil On Linen

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Blue Studio  54" x 50"  Oil On Linen

Blue Studio (SOLD)

54" x 50"

Oil On Linen

Cake And Grapes  24" x 30"  Oil On Linen

Cake And Grapes

24" x 30"

Oil On Linen

Clemency For Callisto And Actaeon  72" x 148"  Oil On Linen

Clemency For Callisto And Actaeon

72" x 148"

Oil On Linen

Elevator Lobby On The Outskirts Of Paradise  70" x 148"  Oil On Linen

Elevator Lobby On The Outskirts Of Paradise

70" x 148"

Oil On Linen

Esther And Her Advisors  54" x 48"  Oil On Linen

Esther And Her Advisors

54" x 48"

Oil On Linen

Jan's Cherry Pie I  24" x 30"  Oil On Linen

Jan's Cherry Pie I

24" x 30"

Oil On Linen

Jan's Cherry Pie II  24" x 30"  Oil On Linen

Jan's Cherry Pie II

24" x 30"

Oil On Linen

Joseph And Kiera In Sunlight  50" x 64"  Oil On Linen

Joseph And Kiera In Sunlight

50" x 64"

Oil On Linen

Judgement Of Paris  62" x 146"  Oil On Linen

Judgement Of Paris

62" x 146"

Oil On Linen

Kiera With Broad Street  34" x 32"  Oil On Linen

Kiera With Broad Street

34" x 32"

Oil On Linen

Lilith And Adam In The Workshop  80" x 130"  Oil On Linen

Lilith And Adam In The Workshop

80" x 130"

Oil On Linen

Marcus And Mina With Rowhouses  52" x 80"  Oil On Linen

Marcus And Mina With Rowhouses

52" x 80"

Oil On Linen

Portrait Of Marcus  38" x 42"  Oil On Linen

Portrait Of Marcus

38" x 42"

Oil On Linen

Portrait Of Dave  50" x 46"  Oil On Linen

Portrait Of Dave

50" x 46"

Oil On Linen

Portrait Of Carol  26" x 20"  Oil On Linen

Portrait Of Carol

26" x 20"

Oil On Linen

Pictures At An Exhibition  42" x 104"  Oil On Linen

Pictures At An Exhibition

42" x 104"

Oil On Linen

Patrice In The Studio  44" x 48"  Oil On Linen

Patrice In The Studio

44" x 48"

Oil On Linen

Medusa On Lenfest Plaza  80" x 42"  Oil On Linen

Medusa On Lenfest Plaza

80" x 42"

Oil On Linen

Marcus In The Garage  30" x 108"  Oil On Linen

Marcus In The Garage

30" x 108"

Oil On Linen

Portrait Of Medusa  30" x 44"  Pastel On Paper

Portrait Of Medusa

30" x 44"

Pastel On Paper

 

Portrait Of Rosey  64" x 58"  Oil On Linen

Portrait Of Rosey

64" x 58"

Oil On Linen

Roses On Pensdale  30" x 28"  Oil On Linen

Roses On Pensdale (SOLD)

30" x 28"

Oil On Linen

Still Life With Cookies  24" x 30"  Oil On Linen

Still Life With Cookies

24" x 30"

Oil On Linen

Still Life With Reflection  70" x 26"  Oil On Linen

Still Life With Reflection (SOLD)

70" x 26"

Oil On Linen

Still Life With Split Pomegranate  30" x 24"  Oil On Linen

Still Life With Split Pomegranate

30" x 24"

Oil On Linen

The Cake That Survives Its Eating  34" x 62"  Oil On Linen

The Cake That Survives Its Eating

34" x 62"

Oil On Linen

The Porch In May  30" x 48"  Oil On Linen

The Porch In May

30" x 48"

Oil On Linen

“I love to paint in the presence of a sitter or in the light of a cityscape, but I can’t “capture” the appearance; rather, I move the paint around, simplify, blur, scrape, and rephrase until the beloved seems to appear…. The vocation of art begins in a longing that only the art can address. At first, the longing attaches to something in the world. But, over time, the artist notices something about how picturing itself causes almost anything seen to open as an occasion for wonder and surprise.”

- Scott Noel

Artist Statement

Esther And Her Advisors, 54" x 48", Oil On Linen

In his eleventh solo exhibition at Gross McCleaf, Scott Noel presents an impressive selection of monumental, narrative paintings. Noel’s complex compositions include references to mythology, portraits of Philadelphia-based artists and his students, and cityscapes seen from the top floors of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, all painted with a sense of humor and play. His scenes blur the line between documentation of the art school social scene and allegory. Often featuring titles like “Judgement of Paris” and “The Young Spartans”, Noel tips the scale toward a literary interpretation.

At a distance, the large-scale works exude the sophisticated painterly light and color of modern-day masterpieces. The spaces are so clearly defined that temperature, humidity, and time are reflected in the blues, flesh tones, and chromatic neutrals. While in many ways Noel stays true to the observed scene, saturated moments of color offer a thrilling surprise in his most recent compositions, departing from an earlier palette of browns and neutrals. The pictures are emphatically applied with a luscious, seductive stroke of the paintbrush.

Noel is both confident and tender in his approach to the painted forms. While his current body of work is, perhaps, more provisional and improvised than works of the past, every inch of his painting seems lovingly considered.

Artist Bio

Jan's Cherry Pie II (Detail), 24" x 30", Oil On Linen

Since completing his undergraduate studies at Washington University in Saint Louis in 1978, Noel has exhibited in over 30 solo exhibitions at galleries, universities, and museums including the State Museum in Harrisburg, the University of Virginia, the Bowery Gallery, the Painting Center, the More Gallery, Mangel Art Gallery, and Gross McCleaf Gallery.

Noel’s paintings are included in numerous private, public and corporate collections. He has received grants from the Bader Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Independence Foundation, and a fellowship to the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. His work has been reviewed in Arts, Art in America, and American Artist.

Artist Center Image

Portrait Of Dave, 50" x 46", Oil On Linen