QUESTION & ANSWER WITH TONY SOUTH
Q: Why do I paint what I paint?
A: Hmmm, I guess I liken my themes to a clearing out of the loft or maybe a garage sale, a convergence of "mind garbage" collected over many years daydreaming.
Q: Are there any details that have an important significance in Britannia revisited
A: Yes, the Union Jack/flag and the Triumph motorcycle were once symbols of an industrious and thriving British empire.The monkey in the Britannia attire marks the devolution of these symbols and an ending of an era, for better or worse!
Q: What do you hope the viewer takes away from your work
A: A lighter wallet would be good...In all seriousness though, if the viewer walks away and remembers the painting weeks/months or years later then I couldn't ask for more.
Q: What is your dream project?
A: As a young man I used to dream of my drawings/ paintings adorning the album covers of my favourite rock bands, I remember sending stuff to Thin Lizzy etc when I was around 13/14 years old...to no avail though. Album covers were also a big inspiration for me starting out, holding artists Roger Dean, Jim FitzPTrick, Frazetta and Vallejo in high esteem.
Q: If you can see your work hanging in one museum/collection which would it be?
A: I don't mind really where my works hang, as long as the owners enjoy it and still get a kick from it.
BIOGRAPHY - Noah Layne (B. 1979)
Noah Layne (1979-) is a Canadian-American award winning realist artist based out of his studio in Victoria, BC, Canada. He has shown his work in shows and galleries across North America and been short listed for Canada’s National Portrait Competition “The Kingston Prize”, as well as being a Hudson River Fellow in New York. Noah has been painting and drawing since he was very young.
Noah was born in St Andrews, New Brunswick to American and Dutch/Indonesian parents. He and his family traveled from there to Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Alberta before settling on the West Coast of Canada in Victoria BC when he was three years old. He was homeschooled as a child and encouraged and supported in pursuing his artistic passion. Layne started painting by copying Rembrandt and Winslow Homer paintings when he was 10 years old. He went on to study various painting techniques and has been influenced by painters such as Bouguereau, Rembrandt, Sargent, and Wyeth. Noah works in oil and is an excellent draftsman. He believes in the importance of working from life. Noah is passionate about sharing his knowledge and has been teaching since 2008. He founded the Noah Layne Academy of Realist Art in 2014.
“The beauty of the world and the way light falls and caresses across forms is seductive to me, be it a face, a lemon, or a tree. I try to capture, in my work, some truth of the world as I see it.”
• Finalist in the ARC Salon 2013-2014
• Won Second Place in the Still Life category of The Artist's Magazine's 30th Annual Art Competition 2013
• Finalist in the ARC Salon 2012-2013
• Finalist in the ARC Salon 2011-2012
• Was a finalist in the Still Life/Floral category of The Artist's Magazine's 29th Annual Art Competition. 2012
• Finalist in the ARC Salon 2010-2011
• Finalist in two American China Oil Painting Artist League Competitions 2011
• Was a finalist in the Still Life/Floral category of The Artist's Magazine's 28th Annual Art Competition. 2011
• Has won two major awards at the Sidney Fine Art Show moving him into their master category.
• Won an honorable mention in the Still Life/Floral category of The Artist's Magazine 27th Annual Art Competition. 2010
• Two of Noah's still life paintings were selected in the top 100 in the 2009-2010 ARC Salon
• Was short listed for Canada's National Portrait Competition “The Kingston Prize” 2009.
• Was selected to receive a Hudson River Fellowship, NY 2009. Jacob Collins founded fellowship
• Was a finalist in the Still Life/Floral category of The Artist's Magazine 26th Annual Art Competition. 2009
• Was the cover and feature artist in Victoria’s Focus Magazine November 2005.
• Was picked by Southwest Art Magazine in 2004 as one of 21 artists under 31 to collect now!
Hudson River Fellowship 2009.
Drawing and painting classes 2008- present.
Founder of Noah Layne Academy of Realist Art 2014
The Artist's Magazine 31th Annual Art Competition.
The Artist's Magazine 30th Annual Art Competition.
The Artist's Magazine 29th Annual Art Competition.
The Artist's Magazine 28th Annual Art Competition.
The Artist's Magazine 27th Annual Art Competition.
The Artist's Magazine 26th Annual Art Competition.
Poetry and Art book - “Framing the Garden”
Focus Magazine - "Noah Layne: The Beauty of Light and Line"
Kitsilano View - "Magic Realism"
The Artist's Bluebook
Southwest Art Magazine - “21 under 31”
Noah Layne - (B. 1979)
Flight of Hope
Oil on canvas
16 x 24 inches