Noah McDonough is a visual artist, graffiti writer and graphic designer based in New York City. Born and raised in Manhattan, McDonough grew up immersed in the art world surrounding him. His talents were apparent at a very early age, and were also heavily influenced by the artistic skills of his classically trained mother. Subsequently, his teenage years took him into the city’s graffiti world, where he perfected his own distinctive style by actively painting alongside such famous crews as “AOK” and “TFP”.
Following some years of work and travel in Canada and Europe, he returned to New York in the early 1990s and established himself as a freelance artist. His contracts have included numerous logos and designs for several top acts in the music industry (eg, Sum 41, Ludacris, The Diplomats and Willie Nelson), while his wider clientele has included such brands as Ralph Lauren, Burton Snowboards and The Hard Rock Café, to name a few.
In recent years, McDonough has made a parallel commitment to his personal artwork, exhibiting in several solo shows in New York, Vancouver and Toronto. His work has also appeared in various venues in Paris, Barcelona, and Amsterdam. Known for its unique style and clean execution, McDonough’s artwork remains strongly influenced by his formative years as a graffiti artist, although it now incorporates innovative lettering techniques embellished by a meticulous use of stippling. More recently, the evolution of his art has taken him away from his long attachment to lettering and has begun to focus on abstractions of nature scenes, thus far based on the wilderness surroundings of his “camp” summers in New Brunswick, Canada.