In the studio with Noah Becker

I was much older then…” he explains, referring to a solemn photo of himself from a few years back. “I’m growing younger and younger with every year that goes by” he laughs. And such was the nature of our entire studio visit with artist Noah Becker: generously candid and subtly dynamic.

 The Collector's Ranch, 2017 acrylic on canvas 40" x 30"

The Collector's Ranch, 2017
acrylic on canvas
40" x 30"

Becker operates on a multidisciplinary level: he is a painter, a jazz musician, and the founding editor of Whitehot Magazine. Our time together was spent immersed in Becker’s work as an artist, and ultimately, his discussion of painting acted as a conduit for explaining his other diversified pursuits. With an abundance of paintings on-hand and the even greater number on-file, he took us on a tour of his ever-evolving trajectory as an image maker.

 Noah Becker's art studio

Noah Becker's art studio

Becker’s work might be looked at in phases. Most current (in fact, still in progress) is a moody model-based portraiture project. Go back to the 2016 election, and Becker has a number of hybrid collage/paintings that deal with media over-saturation. These pseudo pop political works simultaneously reference art history while interacting with the present cultural moment. Displayed on the wall is yet another chapter of work, a group of populated surreal landscapes. They are built up with collected images— from eBay tchotchkes to the Unabomber shack. Becker shows us archives of playful portraits painted of British hair models. There are also a number textual paintings, words spelled out in balloon font. Self-portraiture too, reoccurs in the artist’s repertoire. A pattern of diversification again begins to emerge: Becker explores an idea, works through it, and then switches gears. Until, within the broader context of Becker’s career, the trends of his idiosyncratic image selection begin to reveal themselves. 

 Cookie, 2013 oil on canvas 30” x 30"

Cookie, 2013
oil on canvas
30” x 30"

 Yipes, 2016 oil on panel 16" x 20"

Yipes, 2016
oil on panel
16" x 20"

 Sort of, 2016 oil and acrylic on canvas 20" x 24"

Sort of, 2016
oil and acrylic on canvas
20" x 24"

 Noah Becker's art studio 

Noah Becker's art studio 

Written by Janna Alfred