Get to know Noah now because this creative maverick is making his mark all over the world. Artist, photographer, filmmaker and actor, you certainly cannot put this guy under one artistic label.
Born in Amsterdam, Noah moved to New York in 2008 where he worked at the prestigious Interview Magazine, created by the one and only Andy Warhol, and spent time working in the super famous James Bidgood’s photographic studio where the careers of Pierre & Gilles and David Lachapelle were born. Impressed? Thought so.
Having already had his works published in magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Squeeze and exhibited at W Hotel and Lloyd Hotel, he has reached new heights and is now working with the Public House of Art for The Rijks exhibition. So, prepare to propel yourself into the latest and greatest works by this magical marvel at the Public House of Art.
Don’t expect a reference to Beyoncé because Single Lady isn’t about putting a ring on it or getting up in the club. Nope, Single Lady is a sculpted masterpiece inspired by the sculpture Adam and Eve which dates to 1530 by an unknown artist at the Rijks museum.
Unknown Artist. Eve. ca. 1530. Bronze.
Herman Doomer. Cupboard. 1635 - 1645. Wood (Plant Material).
Furthermore, Noah Valentyn has taken elements from a cupboard made by Herman Doomer in the mid-17th century to showcase this lustrous lady and her rippling persona. Herman Doomer was one of the few cabinet makers working with ebony and mother of pearl in Amsterdam which was the leader in the European market of exotic materials at the time. Doomer’s taste for the unfamiliar is seen in Single Lady by Noah’s mysterious and unconventional figure. With an extremely sassy pose, this fabulous female slightly tilts her body to highlight her best features. Is she inviting you in or telling you to leave her alone. Alas the power of the Single Lady!
THE GODS' AFTERPARTY
The name pretty much says it all. Flowing wine and a feeling for the divine, Noah’s work is exactly that. Influenced by Ferdinand Leenhoff’s Mercury and Triton Blowing a Conch Shell by Adriaen de Vries, this work depicts the Thinker, Dionysus and Triton having a very merry time indeed. If you have never blown a conch shell before than you are truly missing out. Symbolising beauty in Greek mythology, the two Gods on the right are living life as it should be. The Thinker, seen on the far left, may look a little more serious than his counterparts but this doesn’t mean this God isn’t having a whale of a time. This is one after party you should think about attending.
Ferdinand Leenhoff. Mercury. 1898. Bronze.
Adriaen de Vries. Triton Blowing a Conch Shell. 1615 - 1618. Bronze.
QUEEN OF THE NIGHT
Why be influenced by a fellow artist when you can be inspired by the building itself! Thinking outside the box as always, Noah has portrayed this regal lady by taking inspiration from the arches that can be found from the architecture of the Rijksmuseum. Dashing, elegant and with a look that could kill, the Queen of The Night breathes ferocity and elegance.
KING OF THE NIGHT
Every Queen has a King so following suite we have the fabulous King of The Night who is just as much along for the midnight ride as our lovely Queen. With one hell of a power pose, this King even shows a cheeky few abs to get his Queen’s heart really racing. Once again influenced by the arches of the Rijksmuseum, the gothic, celestial and strapping work reveals a modern interpretation of an ancient subject.
Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Architecture by Pierre Cuypers.
Symbolising the scale of justice, Themis puts into play the personification of law and divine order by representing the great God of mythology. Standing between the good, the bad and probably the ugly, Themis takes its inspiration from Hendrik de Keyser (I), Mercury (1611) and once again Adam and Eve (1530). Running on the same theme as The Gods' Afterparty, the conch shell is back and ready to bring the noise.
Hendrik de Keyser (I). Mercury. 1611. Bronze.
Written by Paris-based Freelance Writer, Joanna Reid for The Public House of Art.