Paul Noble, ‘Ye Olde Ruin (One)’, 2010, Maharam
Paul Noble, ‘Ye Olde Ruin (One)’, 2010, Maharam

Since 1995, London-based artist Paul Noble has been engaged in a monumental project to meticulously depict a fictional city, Nobson Newtown. Using pencil on paper, Noble draws wall-sized, fantastic aerial perspectives. Described by the artist as an "exercise in self-portraiture via town planning," the city is unpopulated and the buildings, upon close inspection, are revealed to be three-dimensional letters; Noble based "Nobfont" on the forms of modernist architecture. Ye Olde Ruin (One) expands upon a small section of a larger drawing by the same name, spelling out an excerpt from the epic Persian poem, the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

Series: Maharam Digital Projects

Image rights: © 2010 Paul Noble, Maharam under license

About Paul Noble

Draftsman and sculptor Paul Noble is most known for his 15-year monumental drawing project, Nobson Newton, in which the artist acted as social engineer, architect, and archaeologist to produce an imaginary city that has been called an, “impassioned satire of Britain's new towns.” Noble's dark, meticulous vision—including aspects of bestiality, cannibalism, decapitation, and other horrors among its dense detail—alludes to such diverse sources as ancient Chinese scrolls, military cartography, Fabergé eggs, and the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch. Noble is also recognized as a founding member of City Racing, an influential artists’ space in London in the late 1980s and 1990s.

British, b. 1963, Northumberland, United Kingdom