Noah Mashiak (b. 1999) is an American artist currently living in London.
He holds a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and an MA from the Royal College of Art. As of this year, he has completed his first curatorial project, collaborating in a group show exhibiting
fourteen contemporary painters from the RCA. Alongside his painting practice, he has taught in art and English education, and has previously worked as a senior instructor at a community-oriented non-profit arts centre in Massachusetts.
His work consists of process-oriented abstract paintings defined by their accumulative layers.
Through intensive linework and obfuscated collage arise images both familiar yet
unrecognisable. Merging ruminations on personal experience with imagery of an unfamiliar
world to create scenes that are ambiguous and removed from their original context. These
subjects cater to the free-associative nature of the mind while exploring evolving imagery
related to the natural world, biomorphism, and the entheogenic experience.
His newest series of works consists of geometric grid-like patterns, which is a significant
departure from a narrative or figurative practice. They function as veils or barriers that recoil
from the world and instead communicate through subversive innuendo and extensive labour.
They are a space where opposing extremes can coexist without contradiction, and dissolve
taxonomic structures and categorical thinking. Alongside his painting practice, he engages with performative institutional critique, embracing the archetypal "tragic clown" role alongside his companion, Sister Chromatid III,
an inflatable pool float flamingo.