Noël Dolla | the artist




The artist Noël Dolla
Born 1945, Nice, France.
Lives and works in Nice, France.

Style and technique of the artist: Painting,


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Noël Dolla
While Dolla constantly seeks out new materials and techniques—the “Enol A. Bait” series mixes acrylic paint and jam, a new work called “Gant a debarbouiller la peinture” uses a paint-soaked wash cloth/glove as a support—he never indulges in stylistic exercises. Like one of his great models, Duchamp, he has a fear of being pigeon-holed; but like his other hero, Barnett Newman, he has an exalted conception of the role of the artist. In recent years, Dolla has himself become something of a beacon for a younger generation of French artists, especially those who have studied with him at the Villa Arson in Nice. On this side of the Atlantic, Dolla’s work remains only a rumor, except among a half-dozen abstract painters in New York…

Noël Dolla
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Noël Dolla
Dolla ne s’est jamais longtemps tenu à une manière de peindre et, plus généralement, aux « pratiques artistiques », comme on disait au temps militants de ses débuts. Le chaud-froid, la relance par déplacement, le détour biographique, l’écart saugrenu, le clivage en abîme, le retour subreptice sont chez lui des procédés constants. Mais ce qui aurait pu s’avérer le handicap d’une instabilité et d’une dispersion est curieusement devenu le moteur et l’objet de son travail – du travail même de son œuvre, déployée et conduite depuis 1986, selon sept ensembles distincts, si nettement différenciés qu’ils peuvent sembler issus des mains d’artistes aux esthétiques antagonistes ou du moins incompatibles. Ce n’est bien sûr qu’un faux-semblant où ne se dupent que les regards distraits, tant sont décelables la contagion et les connivences au sein de cette diversité intentionnelle…

Noël Dolla
Noël Dolla, in his works, trying, for some thirty years ,to answer the question of painting and especially to the abstract painting. He moves continually his work in the fields of investigation that allow him to explore the pictorial practice to its limits. Dolla enjoys what he calls his “spare part”, he uses modest and familiar objects which are those of everyday life. This vocabulary in place since the end of 60 years allows him to occupy the paint exploring its topical…



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