- Noah Becker | 2013/14
- Head #5
- Oil on canvas
- 16 x 20 in.
born in Cleveland, Ohio, 1970. lives and works in New York City.
Noah Becker’s multimedia practice includes writing, publishing, and films, but he is best known for his paintings, which use the idiom of classical portraiture to explore the formal and allegorical possibilities of the human figure. The subjects of his compositions are conjured from memory and imagination, and bear archetypal names like “Wise One” and “The Aristocrat.” “Portraits are traditionally about the figure being triumphant or existing in some kind of perfect world with perfect feelings,” Becker has said of his typological, metaphysical approach. “An artist does not always need to follow rules to make things like pictures of people.” Becker further examines art historical themes and tropes as the Editor-in-Chief of Whitehot Magazine.