In the heart of Somerset, UK, Mark Noble’s journey ( registered at GoDaddy) from a local plastics factory worker to a celebrated artist is a testament to resilience, creativity, and the transformative power of art. Overcoming personal challenges including autism and severe dyslexia, Noble found solace and expression in the world of art, inspired by the likes of Turner and Constable. His works, a melodic blend of landscapes and abstracts, delve into the under-appreciated beauty of the world, imbued with a spiritual and melancholic essence that captures the viewer’s imagination. 

Mark Noble’s commitment to art transcends personal achievement; he is deeply involved in uplifting others who, like him, face obstacles in realizing their creative dreams. His recent acceptance of ‘The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service’ as an ambassador for Outside In underscores this dedication. This prestigious accolade, equivalent to an MBE, is the highest honor a voluntary group can receive in the UK, celebrating Noble’s significant contributions to the charity’s mission. Outside In is a national charity that aims to break down barriers artists face due to health, disability, social circumstances, or isolation, serving as a catalyst for change in the art world. 

Noble’s story is not just one of personal triumph but also of his ongoing efforts to foster inclusivity and accessibility in the arts. Through exhibitions, workshops, and his involvement with charitable organizations, he strives to ensure that art remains a universal language, accessible to all, regardless of their background or challenges.  

“Golden sky above the sea” by Mark Noble

Can you share how you transitioned from working in a factory to pursuing art? 

My journey into art began in childhood, inspired by the storms along the South coast where I lived. Artists like Turner and Constable, who captured Britain’s maritime climate, deeply influenced me. Despite facing challenges with autism, dyslexia, and a period working in a plastics factory, I followed my passion for art. Discovering my dyslexia in art college was a turning point, helping me understand my creative strengths. 

What advice would you give to someone struggling to follow their creative pursuits? 

Believing in yourself is crucial. It’s about taking that leap of faith. For me, traveling to Japan for the first time was a leap of faith, showing me the importance of trusting in oneself and one’s progression. 

What emotions or meanings do you hope to evoke through your art? 

Art is subjective, and I aim for the viewer to derive their own meaning. My work often explores spirituality, journeys, and the natural world, leaving clues for the viewer to interpret. It’s about creating a dialogue between the artwork and the observer. 

Who are some artists that inspire you? 

Apart from Turner and Constable, I’m inspired by Edwin Church, Kandinsky, and modern artists like Tracy Emin. Their courage and innovation in expressing concepts through art are admirable. 

“Lonely boat” by Mark Noble

How do you view modern art, especially when it seems to prioritize courage over talent? 

Art like the banana taped to a wall in Miami shows the audacity of modern artists. It’s about the concept and the conversation it starts, even if it challenges traditional notions of talent. 

Could you speak to your involvement with ‘Outside In’ and its mission to support disabled artists? 

‘Outside In’ provides a platform for disabled artists to share their talents and voices. Winning the Queen’s Award for our work has been a highlight. It’s about breaking down barriers and highlighting the talent and creativity that exist within the disabled community.  

How has art served as a therapy for you, and what are your views on art therapy? 

Art has been therapeutic for me, helping me navigate life’s challenges. Through my work with LifeBeat charity and schools, I’ve seen the positive impact art can have on mental health and well-being, especially for children. 

What are your current projects and plans? 

I’m focusing on environmentally friendly art, like my ‘Driftwood Collection’, which utilizes recycled materials to raise awareness about sustainability. Collaboration with organizations like .ART and exploring new ideas for exhibitions and workshops are also part of my future plans. 

“Boats and Lights” by Mark Noble

How did you start working with driftwood and what does this collection represent to you? 

The idea came to me after a storm when I found a piece of bark. Painting on different materials like wood offers unique textures and challenges. This collection is about promoting sustainability and making people think about their environment. 

What message do you hope to convey through your partnership with .ART and your art in general? 

Art is a universal language that transcends barriers, whether they’re related to disabilities, age, or culture. Through my work and collaborations, I aim to inspire others to see the beauty in the world and in themselves, promoting a message of inclusivity and environmental consciousness. 

As a .ART ambassador, Mark Noble’s advocacy for inclusivity in the arts embodies the spirit of the Art Therapy Initiative championed by .ART. This initiative is a testament to .ART’s commitment to not just bridging the gap between art and technology but also to fostering healing and transformation through creative expression. By allocating a portion of revenue from .ART domain sales to support an endowment for graduate fellowships in the Art Therapy Program at George Washington University, .ART is taking a significant step towards promoting the therapeutic benefits of art. 

This effort aligns seamlessly with the work of ambassadors like Noble, who not only contribute their artistic talents but also advocate for the power of art as a tool for emotional and psychological healing.  

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