John Nolan was born and raised in Dublin in 1958 and now lives in Drumcondra. He is a second-generation artist, having been exposed to art from an early age by his father. The backyard studio in which he works is covered wall-to-wall with a colourful collection of acrylic paintings, and it also contains his workspace and a teaching area. He shares his passion for painting with many. In addition to teaching adult painting classes, John also participates in special projects at several elementary schools in the area. His work is easily recognizable, and is known throughout Ireland and internationally, having been exhibited in many countries as well as in the U.S. In 2003, he won the distinguished honor of representing Ireland at the Biennale Internazionale Dell ‘Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy. His work is in many public and private collections throughout the world.
The subject of John’s work is colour. He explores colour through his stylized, contemporary and abstract styles. His paintings have been inspired by many artists. His father, in particular, was a huge influence on and source of inspiration for his work. John’s paintings transmit a positive, upbeat feeling to the viewer. For John, art is a visual language, an important means of communication. He creates each piece as a unique experience.
For the current exhibition in the Cockleshell Gallery, John has put together a selection of work showing his various styles of painting, stylized, contemporary and abstract.
“Art is everywhere, all around us. All we need to do is open our eyes and enjoy. Art is for everyone.”
“Our aim will be to have lots of fun with colour, learning the best ways to use acrylic paints and exploring my varied style of painting.”