Borg De Nobel is an intuitive Dutch painter whose works have been exhibited across the Netherlands, France, Germany, and the US. A lover of words and seeker of inspiration in all facets of life, she mixes and smears, brushes and scrapes, until her eclectic representations of distilled memory, emotion, and belonging are complete.
"The freedom not to know what I'm doing makes it all the more interesting. "
The artist paints on the boundaries of dreams. Her images derive from a place where primitive schema and sophisticated colors combine to become metaphors for lived and imagined experiences. Her work has an "in-your-face" quality, intentionally de-schooled and vibrant with forcefully painted surfaces. There are echoes of neo-expressionism and Punk Rock, updated with cautious optimism, subtle humor, and empathy.
DeNoble's canvases become mysterious signs destined to mean different things to different viewers. Seduced by their apparent naïveté and provoked by their honesty, spectators are compelled to reflect on our associations with the forms portrayed and 'cultured' expectations of paintings. Though de Nobel expertly toys with the relationship between language and image when she juxtaposes recognizable forms, anyone looking for a story will likely come up empty-handed. As titles such as Ice Flowers, Sleep is King, and Dog in the Mist suggests, this is poetry, not prose. Her work is both charming and blunt, comfortably accessible on some levels and infectiously out of reach on others.
As a whole, deNobel's paintings comprise the diary of a fearless traveler in unconscious realms. We are wise to follow her lead, for such telling experiences of life and art begin deep in our minds.