Noah Landfield was born and raised in New York City, in a Tribeca that was still full of commercial lofts and artists’ residences, rather than brimming with expensive boutiques and families out with strollers. This was fertile soil for a budding artist. Landfield, a son and grandson of painters, studied painting in the City, as well, and his work reflects the often volatile nature of metropolitan life. This reflection of volatility, seen particularly in the abstract foundational cloudbursts which fill his canvases, derives also from his longtime fascination with volcanic activity. His impressionistic overlays of metropolitan architectural renderings are inspired by his visits to Japan and his reaction to the compact urban environment of Tokyo, as well as to Rome and Florence, where the warmth of color and light and the juxtaposition of many centuries of architecture manifest themselves in his canvases depicting those locales. Landfield’s canvases are redolent of the tension between manmade urban structures and the forces of nature and also expressive of the way they manage to coexist. His execution of these ghostly images combines fine detail with broad sweeps of near abstraction in vibrant color. Are these images the present, past, future? Are they warnings? Which came first, the volcanic clouds or the cities? The unsettling nature of these temporal questions give a strong contemporary edge to Landfield’s work, as does his playing with visual perception in the near-photographic quality his depiction of cities, which are actually painted in a masterfully pointillist manner. Landfield received his MFA from Hunter College in NYC. His work has been shown in numerous galleries on the east and west coasts. He currently resides and works in Brooklyn.
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