By Megan, Cruise Ship Art Auctioneer
A chimerical vision, the crystalline waters of Venice are shockingly picturesque to first-time visitors. Pervading this city is such a sense of age and magnificence, that it seemingly becomes a radiant, unearthly place. Like a temporary stage set, there is a cinematic perfection that is incomprehensible. Venice is surreal.
The childlike fascination that one experiences in this Italian port is a sensation not often encountered. Yet, for the guests onboard the Celebrity Summit, a sense of wonderment suffused their entire Mediterranean holiday.
Just as the bridges join the winding streets of Venice, there was a similar ethereal connection established by the guest artist Noah. The allure and perfection of the European landscape was equally well experienced in a different medium, that of his hauntingly photographic painted works. The creation of such realistic and distinctive art moved guests to that same feeling of amazement that all encounter in the aged and dreamy world of Venice.
Noah arrived onboard the Celebrity Summit in Naples, Italy, for a trip filled with firsts. As a featured guest artist onboard the ship, Noah was both new to cruising and to Park West Gallery, who provided the remarkable opportunity to premiere his art on the high seas.
Originally from Orange County, California, Noah has a flourishing art career with clients worldwide, ranging from celebrities such as Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, to the Royal Family of Dubai.
The gift of an airbrush from his father enabled Noah at an early age to manifest his creative energies in a wholly unique style. The level of artistry possible with this instrument, and concurrent with a mind teeming with inspiration, is superb. The eclectic output of Noah, then, is a reflection of his innate talent, expert painting skills, and also of the world around him.
While happily exploring his first cruise ship, Noah also prepared for his debut among the guests. Invited to paint live in the dining room, Noah was excited to present himself and his work on the Celebrity Summit. An ideal introduction, airbrush painting had an entertaining, performance aspect, illuminating the artist’s technical prowess. Noah, therefore, showcased his genius by crafting two disparate images that night.
In an ode to the Renaissance classicism witnessed ashore, Noah created an expertly rendered painting of a Bernini sculpture. Additionally appealing to the nearly 400 kids onboard, he designed a Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and Captain Hook painting as well. An officially licensed artist for Disney, Noah’s characters look like they are momentarily captured from a scene in an animated Disney treasure.
Delving into the mindset of this Californian artist, the Celebrity Summit Cruise Director conducted a live interview the following day. It was a successful journey into the past development of Noah’s skills, the present energy exuded in his art, and the possible future paths of creative evolution.
Not often do collectors get a firsthand insight into a particular artist’s work, but this interview truly displayed not only Noah’s enthusiasm but also his deep dedication to his craft. He approaches each canvas with merely the will to paint. This spiritual attitude accounts for the fresh perspective visually entrenched in each piece.
Hearkening to those Surrealist masters like Salvador Dali, Noah likewise is led to create by a psychic, personal communion with higher powers. Surrendering to the art itself is what propels him to fashion each unworldly work.
Attending only his second Park West fine art auction that afternoon, Noah personally contributed to the thrilling atmosphere generated by the revelation of his art onboard the Celebrity Summit. Works featuring subjects from wine bottles to Disney characters to Alberto Fuentes cigars were well received by all, especially when Noah took over the podium to describe the time and energy invested in each singular piece.
The incandescent beauty of Noah’s floral designs did not make their appearance, however, until Noah painted live as part of the Mediterranean Flava deck party after the sailaway from Greece. Guests were transported temporarily to a garden lush with dew, as they saw him paint a bloom sparkling with water droplets. The level of realism shocked passersby, and many stood in awe as he airbrushed the rosy petals. His live work was a perfect addition to the best of European culture featured that night.
Even a movie star emerged the next day to join the collection. The smoldering romanticism of Marilyn Monroe was Noah’s next exquisite creation, with black-and-white Hollywood glamour seducing the contemporary viewer.
In his many canvases, from Marilyn to wine bottles, Noah reminds us of the sophistication inherent in the forgotten era of old movies. The works are like stills from classic films, their level of realism heightened by the minute detail and airbrush silkiness. It was because of these qualities, that Noah found many interested parties for unique commissions.
The artwork featured on the Celebrity Summit during Noah’s stay was a great mélange of both his and the guests’ many interests. The kids onboard were fascinated by the Disney pieces, and each one visiting the Gallery at the end of the cruise received a personalized sketch by Noah himself.
Those fond of European culture discovered great traditions of art and cuisine embodied in paintings of wine and sculpture. Nature made its way onto the Summit’s sailing city in Noah’s floral designs, luminous with jewel-like dew.
Despite remaining back in California, Noah’s wife and family were made a part of the trip in such mystical figurative pieces as Heavensent, homage to that powerful connection between man and wife.
Always interested in meeting new people and expressing interest in their lives, Noah was constantly intrigued by others onboard. Even the Captain was captivated by this guest artist, and made sure to welcome him during many meals and chats.
Upon reaching the end of the voyage and arriving in Venice, Noah was still riding the wave of wonderment at the immense reception of his art and his person onboard the Celebrity Summit. Stepping into that scenic Venetian paradise, Noah was unaware that his amazement had been contagious during that cruise. All guests onboard were noticeably awed by his talent and art.
As Noah commented on the unreal stage that Venice seemed to occupy, he concomitantly provided a similar radiant illusion in his own creations. The age and majesty of Venice emanates a certain sense of inconceivable perfection. The art of Noah does the same.
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