Born 1954, Sydney, New South Wales
Roger Noakes finesses steel with the virile confidence and shrewd humour of a village blacksmith. Equally capable of ephemeral or monumental conceptions, particularly in his public works, life's timing has more recently led Noakes to focus on a smaller scale of studio object which adeptly, with serendipity, blends found and fabricated metals into diverse narratives.
Purged of the conventions of formalism and feeling fecund and liberated in the post–modern environment, his particular interest is political, social and gender themes – his position invariably subversive. For example, while recognising genuine validity in the feminist claim for change in social balances, he is unable to restrain a response of gentle provocation and "assertion–of–maleness", indicative of the continuing desire by men for women sexually.
Ross Wolfe from his Samstag essay, Samstag The First Millenium
1993 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
1993 MFA, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Scotland, UK
1991 Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts, University of South Australia, Adelaide
1977 Diploma of Fine Art (Sculpture), University of South Australia, Adelaide