Select Works by Noël Dolla
Noël Dolla was born in Nice, France in 1945. Dolla is an abstract painter associated with the short-lived but highly influential Support/Surface group which coalesced in 1970.
An excerpt from “Independent and International”
By Raphael Rubinstein
Since the late 1960s, Dolla has continually sought out new approaches to painting, submitting the medium to his restless imagination and intellect. This has meant everything from abstractions created on handkerchiefs and dish towels, to three giant dots painted temporarily in the sand of a beach in Nice. In the mid-1980s, Dolla created the “Tchernobyl” series, which includes the three-panel painting illustrated in the catalogue. When these works, which feature primitive figures and roughly textured surfaces, were first shown in public, some accused Dolla, whose previous work had been exclusively abstract, of jumping on the Neo-Expressionist bandwagon. Only later did Dolla reveal that he had made the paintings with one eye covered and one hand (the one he normally favors) tied behind his back. The paintings were at once Dolla’s critique of what he saw as the regressive tendencies of Neo-Expressionism and the protest against the then-recent nuclear disaster in Chernobyl.