Welcome, The Noel Rockmore Project is a live resource for all of those who wish to know about Noel Rockmore and his talented family. A great way for you to start to know Rockmore is with this You Tube Introduction
2012 September -Well known Phd in the Artworld, J. Richard Gruber has published an Article on Noel Rockmore as part of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities - KNOW LA Research Project.
2012 August - Marvin's Summer Visits to Louisiana Arts & Science Museum to Plan Fall 2013 Show & Tyson Foods to view their Rockmore!
2012 July - World Famous Composer David Amram Film discussing his childhood friend Noel Rockmore!
2011 December 28 The Breakout ROCKMORE AP Article! Picked up by NOLA.COM (Best Images), Huffington Post, Yahoo News, Washington Post, Ventura County Star (Calls him America's Picasso)! Click to See all the News pickups from around the world !
2011 November 15
2011 October 28th-30th for the BIGGEST Rockmore show ever! Click to see Rockmore Newsletter Summary with three days worth of FABULOUS photos. There is also a movie of The Rockmore Panel Discussion in LaGrange with his patrons, his gallery owner and his last girlfriend.
2011 Feb/March "
(December 15, 1928 – February 19, 1995) was born Noel Montgomery Davis to mother, Gladys Rockmore Davis
and father, Floyd Davis
in New York City
. Noel was an American painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. He claims to have produced over fifteen thousand 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 his popularity in New York City
Rockmore demonstrated uncanny talent in both art and music in his early years, leading many to label him a prodigy. He painted in a realistic and old masters style throughout his childhood and adolescence. He experimented with different artistic theories, techniques and ideas as a rising star in the New York art world of the 1950’s.
As the abstract expressionist movement gained momentum throughout the world, Rockmore left New York and went to New Orleans where he changed his name from Noel Davis to Noel Rockmore. He spent the next twenty years commuting between New Orleans and New York City while various dealers tried unsuccessfully to manage him and his often volatile career.
He was a hard drinking, womanizing, bigger than life personality who thrived on filling a room and a canvas with tension and drama. He was commissioned to travel the country and the world using his artistic talent to document the human condition. He continued to paint until the end of his life, but never achieved the elusive recognition as a master painter that he knew he deserved.