Noah Landau

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About Noah Landau

Noah Landau was born in London in 1936 into a family of Lithuanian and Russian Jews. This extended family includes several professional portrait painters, his mother being one of these.

His father was also a painter. Landau followed his brother to the Slade School of Fine Art where he won the Slade Open Prize with a portrait.

In Paris he studied etching and engraving with S.W. Hayter (who taught print-making to Picasso) and later worked with the Israeli stone carver Shamai Haber.

Landau worked in London as a technical assistant to the sculptor and bronze-caster Kenneth Armitage.

He exhibited mainly sculpture, but also etchings and working drawings at the Redfern Gallery, Bond Street London, in the days when this gallery was directed by the New Zealander Rex Nankervel.

He taught for several years as year tutor at Bristol University College of Art, and later at Bristol Polytech.

Landau has been living in New Zealand for 17 years now, where he's helped to set up Northland Polytech's first Fine Arts Department (under Doug Chowns). He then worked as senior tutor and director of studies at Hungry Creek Private Polytech.

He now works from a studio in the Wairarapa, where he produces painting, print-making, woodcarving, and holds the occasional residential workshop.