No matter where you are in the world, whether it be in the busy streets of Chicago or the sacred Maori shores of New Zealand, you will hear the locals tell a story of creation. And, almost every tale that describes the beginning of time and the beginning of this world, speaks about a giant flood that swept across the land, wiping out the bad and saving the good. In ancient Judeo-Christian–Islamic scriptures, this good guy is known as Noah, and his ark is the reason why we are all here today.
Noah’s story is so rich with adventure, animals, nature and life, that Naïve artists around the world have consistently chosen his story as the subject of their paintings. So many scenes of Noah and the flood have been painted, that the story can be pieced together through these paintings alone.