PAUL Noble’s drawings might be a heap of excrement literally, but they’re nothing of the sort figuratively.
They’re so good, in fact, that they have put him in line to win Britain’s most prestigious award for art.
The 48-year-old, brought up in Whitley Bay, is one of the four artists shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize.
Paul, now living in London, has created a series of detailed graphite drawings of an imaginary city called Nobson Newtown, populated by residents made of human excrement, for the last 15 years.
The prize’s judges have acclaimed Noble’s art as “a compelling life project” of “incredible, monumental graphite drawings”.
His work is an “utterly compelling ongoing narrative” and a “limitless journey of discovery” of a dysfunctional world, they say.
Also in the running for Britain’s leading modern art award – and the £25,000 prize that comes with it – are Luke Fowler, Elizabeth Price, Paul Noble and Spartacus Chetwynd.
Paul is the bookies’ second favourite to win the prize, given to the British artist under the age of 50 considered to have put on the best show of the last year.
Paul, a painter, draughtsman and installation artist, has been shortlisted for his solo exhibition at Gagosian Gallery in London.
His mum Ruth, who still lives in Whitley Bay, said: “To be shortlisted is the best thing in the art world. It is the biggest award in Britain.
“Paul is a well-established British artist, and he has done very, very well. I am thrilled for him, and I am extremely proud.”
Work by the shortlisted artists will go on show at Tate Britain in October, and the winning artist will be announced at Tate Britain in London on Monday, December 3.