David Noonan is doing a foundation art course at Coventry University. He loves what he's doing and enjoys the challenges of expressing his ideas as pictures.
One project, involving an illustrated essay on difficulties faced by artists like Monet, led him to recreate his grandmother's shed. "I focused on the slow deterioration of Monet's eyesight which meant he had to be homebound. Subsequently he painted his garden for the last 20 years of his life (Waterlilies series) ... I made a connection between Monet's garden and my Nana's garden which look similar (overgrown and mysterious) where I spent a lot of time as a child ... it is a place where I can be myself and construct my own worlds and stories. This led to a series of paintings of my old hiding places in the garden. My final and favourite hiding place was an old disused shed which isn't on view in the garden ... I made a 3D cardboard sculpture of the shed down to scale ... out of proportion to the grass, deliberately, for scaling reasons. I wanted to give the shed a purpose again ... I constructed hinges on the roof in order to present my paintings in it." The whole recreation process was very rewarding, especially as his Grandad had built the shed, in the first place.
David plays football and is an avid Blues supporter, so both the game and the city feature in his pictures - like his sketch of Wayne Rooney and oil painting of the Coventry skyline where the dark clouds seems to be forcing down the landscape.
He's also interested in group behaviour and the psychology of sports crowds, especially football crowds. His final A-level project focused on social situations, studying how people react as a group. He chose the title "caricature" and produced 2 paintings - a football crowd and a street scene of lawnmowers. He got a B in his A-level and to his delight, he managed to sell his "lawnmower" painting to a teacher at his school, giving him the confidence to think of selling some of his other work.
His final work is an oil painting of a picture of a dying star, taken by the Hubble telescope. He explains "It's called the butterfly nebula; I emphasised the butterfly with prominent brush strokes. I did it for my sister as she has wanted me to do her a painting for years now for her student accommodation."