“New Horizons:” Marshall Noice’s One-Man Show
Landscape painter Marshall Noice’s new paintings are now up on the walls at Waxlander Gallery for the opening of his one-man show, “New Horizons,” with an artist reception this Friday at 5 p.m. The exhibit will feature a selection of Noice’s oil paintings depicting the vibrant, non-literal landscapes of New Mexico, Colorado, and Montana.
As an artist who draws inspiration from the land, Noice enjoys painting on location and having close contact with his subject matter. His oil paintings most often start as pastel sketches resting on easels out in the sun. In fact, many of the original sketches will be shown with their finished products in “New Horizons,” documenting the evolution of the pieces.
Painting outdoors is an important part of creating work that conveys an impression or a sense of place, Noice says. Though he works with landscapes that are very real, Noice’s work is “unrepentantly non-literal.” A couple decades ago, he made the transition from black-and-white photography to painting, which for him felt like a homecoming. He had previously done a lot of dioramic photography, but soon found his calling with brushes and paints.
When he transitioned from black-and-white photography to painting, Noice discovered color. “The ease with which I can take color over the top is intoxicating,” he says. After working in black-and-white for so long, he feels he can “push” the hues of his landscapes into new realms, experimenting with color combinations. The colors don’t have much basis in reality, but cause viewers to see from new angles.
Noice has been creating art ever since “he could hold something that made a mark.” It has been such a long-standing part of his existence, he couldn’t imagine life otherwise. He has since been “obsessive about mark-making.” When a journalist recently asked him what he would do if he had six months to live, he said, “I would continue doing what I’m doing.” Painting is beyond happiness for Noice; it is something that he needs to do every day in pursuit of unique perspectives.
“New Horizons” will open June 26 and run through July 12. We hope you can join us for the artist reception this Friday, June 29, from 5-7 p.m.
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