Recently, we published a blog on Kim Noble’s autobiography, All of Me, in which we mentioned her paintings. This month, a complete exhibition of Kim’s work opens at the Bethlem Gallery. With no formal art training, Kim and 13 of her personalities (alters) became interested in painting in 2004. These 13 artists (alters) each have their own distinctive style, colours and themes; ranging from layered abstracts to challenging figurative works. Some of the work has a serene meditative quality to it whilst others contain explicit images of the trauma Kim endured in her youth. Many alters are unaware that they share a body with other artists.
“I paint from the heart not the head.” Says Noble. “D.I.D is a creative way to cope with unbearable pain.”
In the contemporary art world artists such as Gerhard Richter use a variety of aesthetics as a conscious statement to challenge the concept of the artist’s obligation to maintain a single cohesive style. Kim Noble’s motivations, however, lie in the unfathomable realm of the subconscious. Her work leads the viewer to question our understanding of the mind, and stands as a testament of her capacity to triumph over adversity.
The exhibition will open on November 9th (3 – 6pm) and there will be an artist’s Q&A session and book signing at 2.30 pm on Saturday November 12th.
The show runs from 10 November until 2 December, on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11am – 6pm (and 11am – 6pm on Saturday 12th November).