Noel Rockmore

Rachel, 1991
Mixed Media
30 x 22 in

A very important and yet still underrated New Orleans artist. Suffice it to say that early in his career he was given shows at both the Met and the Whitney in New York. He was a “character” in the largest sense, and sometimes his whimsy is completely over the top, as in this hilarious portrait of “Rachel” complete with rubber rats and Gremlin masks! I would not have acquired this work without knowing how fantastical and humorous New Orleanians can be, and this will be EXACTLY the right piece for someone, guaranteed to be a conversation starter.

This piece is very expensively float-framed and ready to hang.

Noel Rockmore

Rockmore was an American painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. He claims to have produced more than 15,000 works of art in his lifetime. He is known for his portraits, his early rise to fame, his Preservation Hall portraits, and for changing his name at the height of the popularity he had developed in New York City and he had a daughter, Emilie Rhys 

Noel painted in a realistic and old masters style throughout his childhood and adolescence. He experimented with different artistic theories, techniques, and ideas in the New York art world of the 1950s.[1]

As the abstract expressionist movement gained momentum, Rockmore left New York and went to New Orleans, where he changed his name from Noel Davis to Noel Rockmore, adopting the surname of his mother. He spent the next 20 years commuting between New Orleans and New York City while various dealers tried unsuccessfully to manage him and his often volatile career.