At first glance, her unique style could be mistaken for simplistic, but the girls’ honest vulnerability holds your gaze to reveal layers of secrets. They glow with life and mystery, with a fluidity of movement though the paint lies still. Her bold brush strokes capture the essence of fleeting moments, and elude to a complex story behind each face.
“I always start with the eyes,” said Noakes.
“The eyes have to be right.”
And they are. Small windows into the soul, the eyes linger with the viewer long after you’ve stepped away.
Noakes creates harmony in opposites. She marries the stylised, flat features of her Indian Mughal art heritage with realistic undertones from her European Renaissance apprenticeship. Weaving calmness, tension, truth and mystery, her paintings are hypnotic. Study of her work reveals a mastery of shape, colour, texture and tone.
She has admirers from the great rock-and-roll musician Eric Clapton to the casual passer-by. And once you fall in love with her work, you will be a fan for life.
Step into Noakes’ rich collection of intimacy and mystery with Small Windows, on display at Red Hill Art Gallery until 19 November.
See socials from the exhibition opening here.