Upcoming Exhibitions

Now Hiring
111 Minna Gallery
San Francisco, CA
July 7 - 29, 2017
Reception: Friday, July 7, 5:00-11:30pm

Artist Statement

“I consider my works to be benchmarks or mile markers — measuring, weighing, recording and organizing the ebbs and flows of my time here.”


Noah Ptolemy pulls strongly from his upbringing in Japan. Today, working out of a small apartment in the Bay Area, he finds himself utilizing his efficient space in a similar way. He usually paints from the floor, as opposed to the more Western model of a painter standing at an easel. Through the years, he has distilled his tools down to the bare bones, allowing himself time to hone in on each one. The most important thing he learned from his time in Japan was patience, a painter’s essential skill.

Noah finds the colors and general imagery of his work come from everyday people and popular culture. Manga comics are very inspiring to him as can be seen with his use of bold lines and faces. As a child he would try to draw his favorites faithfully to the original, a skill which eventually helped him to define his own style.

In his new body of work ‘Now Hiring.’ Noah aims to reconcile his emotional ups and downs over the last few years. He feels as though he has been shedding everything he thought he needed, and replacing it with simple beginnings. His work explores the musing of ‘once one knows one doesn't need something, there is absolutely no use for it anymore and it falls away.’

This new collection also addresses the steep cost of living in the Bay Area, and how that has been forcing out many long time families and artists. Some of his pieces stem from his belief that there is still heart and vibrancy in the Bay Area, but many are being deprived of opportunity because of the cost.

Noah’s work sheds light on these issues, attempts to start a conversation, and perhaps find some resolution to these matters which he holds close to his heart.

Past Exhibitions