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The figurative paintings of John Noy

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John Noy (1951) is a born and raised Utrechter. He has completed the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Academy of Visual Arts in Amsterdam. He has been a visual artist for years in his hometown of Utrecht. Noy is not a conceptual artist, but is inspired by color, form and composition to create an interesting whole. The theme is man and in particular the woman in all her beauty and diversity.

The Night Watch 2.0
In July this year, his version of The Night Watch, De Nachtwacht 2.0, will be exhibited in the Rijksmuseum. Of the more than nine thousand submissions, 571 works are exhibited in the Amsterdam museum. From (children's) drawings, paintings, embroidered tapestries to sculptures. The exhibition takes place in the context of the Year of Rembrandt (1606-1669), who died 350 years ago.

The Night Watch 2.0 by John Noy

Work method
Noy worked on it for ten hours a day for three months. The idea of ​​creating his own version of The Night Watch had been with him for years. “I chose to paint my Night Watch with a palette and not with brushes. I wanted to abstract The Night Watch, not too many details. I'm not a copyist, it's my interpretation. I want to show that the Night Watch in abstract form is interesting, because it is entirely correct. You have to search for the form. All twenty-three figures and the dog on the right at the drummer are on it. I have added more color. The colors in De Nachtwacht separate the characters from the background. In fact, it is a bit too figurative. "

On the left an excerpt from the original The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn and on the right an excerpt from the The Night Watch 2.0 by John Noy

The Night Watch 2.0 by John Noy can be seen in the Rijksmuseum until 15 September.

My Guernica
He also made his own version of Picasso's famous Guernica, called My Guernica, which is available in our shop. Click on the image of My Guernica for more information. 

Guernica by Pablo Picasso
My Guernica by John Noy

All limited edition prints are exclusively available at Mr. Wallski. All prints are numbered, signed and come with a certificate of authenticity. For more limited edition prints by John Noy visit our shop.

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