John Nolan will be exhibiting his modern figurative work at Art Effect Contemporary, Spires Mall, Belfast, Nothern Ireland. The show continues at Art Effect from the 14th of May - 28th May. The exhibition consists of a selection of modern figurative motifs which John has explored and developed over the years. The celebration of colour which is the driving force behind all his work, was nurtured and encouraged from an early age by his father , who was also an artist.
John Nolan was born in Dublin Ireland in 1958. Since then he has developed a very distinctive style which is instantly recognisable.
John has also seen life on the other side of the fence. He was once a gallery owner. He ran a small establishment called The Basement, a friendly place where browsers were treated to a cup of tea and a chat. "It was too Utopian to work. Generally, it's not a good idea for artists to go into the gallery business."
For John, painting is in his blood, his father was an artist and was a huge influence. From the time he was three John had a paintbrush in his hand. "The house was always like a big studio there was no escaping it, because my mother was artistic too. I couldn't work at anything else now."
With his usual modest demeanour John claims that his approach is basically spontaneous. However, if you're lucky enough to meet him to discuss his work, it is apparent that his knowledge of colour theory and art history is far from shallow. He talks of colour/depth reversals wherein the normal warm-colours-in-the-foreground, cool-colours-in-the-background rules were intentionally ignored to create new and exciting dynamic.
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The Three Graces, 2004
36 x 36 x 2 inches