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Portrait of Karin Bassford
Medium:Pencil on drawing paper
Lawrence Alan Noble was born in Tampa, Florida in 1948. He was raised in Houston, Texas and after graduating from Austin High School in 1967, was educated at Texas Academy of Art (Graduated, 1969) and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts School (1974-75). After serving as an Illustrator in the US Army, 1969-71, he worked for the Houston Chronicle, Promotion Department, 1972 and as a Designer/Illustrator for Middaugh Associates, 1972-3. He opened Noble Studio in 1973. Noble Studio moved to New York in 1976, to Los Angeles in late 1977 and to Crestline, CA in 1988. For 17 years, Mr. Noble worked as a freelance Illustrator, with representation in Houston, Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. His Illustration was featured on the cover/feature article of AMERICAN ARTIST Magazine in March of 1983. Noble produced many motion picture advertising campaigns including TIME AFTER TIME, FLASH GORDON, and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (10th Anniversary Poster). He was commissioned by TIME, PLAYBOY, ARGOSY, FORBES, WORLD TENNIS and FIELD & STREAM Magazines during his Illustration career. He was the recipient of many awards of merit from the SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS, New York and the SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS, Los Angeles, and taught Advanced Advertising Illustration at Art Center College of Design from 1979-81. Lawrence Noble’s sculpture career started in 1988, with a commission to sculpt a Life-size Equestrian Statue of General Philip H, Sheridan, for Ft. Sheridan, ILL (unveiled, 1990). Mr. Noble has gone on to produce monumental statues for the State of California, (The California Firefighters’ Memorial, 2002), The San Bernardino County Peace Officers’ Memorial, (1999), the Redlands, CA 9-11 Memorial, (2002), the Tracy, CA Firefighters’ Monument (2006), the Chino, CA Spirit of Achievement Monument, (2007) and four Life -size bronzes for the Letterman Digital Arts Center (George Lucas’ Corporate Headquarters at the Presidio of San Francisco, CA), 2005-8. He has also recently sent his first life-size bronze overseas to New Zealand, a private commission from Director, Peter Jackson. Lawrence Noble’s work is in the collections of Burt Reynolds, George Lucas, Lawrence Halprin, Peter Jackson, The State of California, The National Park Service and the US Army Museum. He is the recipient of the 4th US Army Leadership and Integrity Medal (Presented by the 4th US Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Frederic Brown, 1986), the Ronny Lott Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement (Presented by the California Professional Firefighters, 2001), A Commendation from the State of California (Given by Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante, 2001) and was nominated for a position of White House Artist by Congressman Jerry Lewis, (R-CA, 2001). In addition, Mr. Noble’s sculpture was featured in an article in AMERICAN ARTIST Magazine in February, 2003. He is an Honorary Firefighter with the city of Redlands, CA and the Crest Forest Fire Department in Crestline, CA. He is featured in WHO’S WHO in the World. He has participated in the National Sculpture Society shows, POLITICAL PORTRAITS, 1997, WORLD LEADERS, 2000, DRAWINGS BY SCULPTORS, 2000, and the 73rd ANNUAL EXHIBITION, 2006-7, in which he won the Leonard J. Meiselmen Award. In September of 2006, Lawrence Noble was elected a Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society. In 2007, Mr. Noble was invited to sculpt live at Star Wars Celebration IV, held in Los Angeles, CA, where he sculpted a life-size bust of Obi-Wan Kenobi. He was also invited to participate in London,UK, where he again sculpted a life-size bust, this time of Peter Cushing, at Star Wars Celebration Europe. In 2008, he was invited to Japan to once again create a life-size sculpture bust, this time of Luke Skywalker, for Star Wars Celebration Japan.
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