Elephant Curtain, 2009-2010, oil on canvas
The works of Lancaster artist and educator Jay Noble are on public display through May 16 in the Morrison Gallery of Penn State Harrisburg’s library.
Entitled “Carousel,” the exhibit is free and open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday.
Noble, who holds a B.A. from Anderson University and an M.F.A. from American University, is an adjunct art instructor at York College of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. He also operates a fine arts studio in downtown Lancaster.
His work has been exhibited most recently at the Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, the Kehler Liddel Gallery in New Haven, Conn., and the Millstone Gallery in Fincastle, Va.
Noble says, “My creative practice is similar to that of an artist like Cezanne. I have a body of work which is done from observation, and another body of work, which I invent purely from imagination in the studio. In spite of some superficial differences, the same visual language runs through both bodies of work.”
He adds, “Drawing, as both a graphic practice and a creative attitude, enriches my teaching. While grounded in tradition, drawing's ability to bring fresh insight into the prevailing order brings vitality to all my courses. Therefore students are constantly encouraged to defy the limits of their ability.”