Turner Prize nominee Paul Noble was teenage art flop
26 November 2012 Last updated at 03:01 GMT
Turner Prize nominee Paul Noble could win one of Britain's most prestigious art prizes next month.
However, despite his recent recognition, he was deemed an art flop as a teenager.
He only managed a D grade in his art exams and his family thought he would never make a living out of his work.
Now Paul returns to Whitley Bay to look at the town that influenced his work and meets the former art teacher who inspired him.
He also lets Inside Out into the secret of whether Whitley Bay was the template for his drawings of Nobson Newtown.
BBC Inside Out is broadcast on BBC One North East and Cumbria at 19:30 GMT on Monday, 26 November and nationwide for seven days on the iPlayer thereafter.