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Jean-Louis Kolb

Born in 1956 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Jean-Louis Kolb was born in Niort, France, in 1956.

"There is a common thing that is still considered as being a part of the contemporary artistic research, even if it was at the heart of a practice that is of ancient origins already. It's this perimeter that is being built inside the limits of a frame and a chassis, in this window/mirror that we call a painting and that becomes alive with the help of pigments and paint binders that are mixed and applied to the canvas. The painted surface is vertiginous indeed, as its limits are impossible to determine; and this statement is the basis of theartistic practice of Jean-Louis Kolb.

In this adventure that started in the mid-80s, there is this union of two opposite forces put into action simultaneously by the artist, that of spontaneity and that of control, the collaboration between improvisation and the step backwards that the artist makes thanks to his experience, his savoir-faire, his mastering of the artistic technique.

Kolb has always lived the adventure of painting as an apprehension of a field of experimentation and discovery of an artistic latency that lay exactly where the pigments and the binders meet the texture of the canvas, the support. His format is a square of 1m/1m where Kolb gives life to a material expression in which the pigments make signs and shapes appear and disappear at once, in the emulsion on the canvas, in the heart of the window/mirror of the painting."

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2011
"Passages", Olympic, Munich, (Germany)

2008
Galerie Capazza, Nançay, (France)

2007
Espace 150x295, Martil, (Maroco)

2001
"Kolb, travaux récents", Espace Sextius, Aix-en-Provence, (France)

1999
"Extrait", Hôtel Olympic, Munich, (Germany)

1997
Galerie Krief, Paris, (France)

1996
Galerie Capazza, Nançay, (France)
ex-chiesetta St Anna, République de San Marin, (Italy)

1995
Galerie Krief, Paris, (France)

1993
Galerie Krief, Paris, (France)
Galerie Anne-Marie Marquette, Bordeaux/ Paris,(France)
Galerie Capazza, Nançay, (France)

1992
Galerie René Baeriswyl, Genève, (Switzerland)
Galerie Anne-Marie Marquette, Bordeaux/ Paris, (France)

1990
Galerie Krief, Paris, (France)
Musée de Beaune, (France)
Galerie René Baeriswiyl, Genève, (Switzerland)

1989
Centre d'art contemporain de Castres, (France)
Galerie Anne-Marie Marquette, Bordeaux, (France)
Institut Français de Naples, (Italy)

1988
Galerie MR, Rome, (Italy)

1987
RVS Fine Art, Southampton, New-York, (USA)
Galerie Krief-Raymond, Paris, (France)
Direction régionale des affaires culturelles, Limoges, (France)

1985
Abbaye Saint-André, Centre d'art contemporain, (France)


GROUP SHOWS

2011
"A fleur de peau", galerie Capazza, Nancay, (France)

2010
"On the road again", galerie Capazza, Nancay, (France)
Art Nocturne Knocke, Belgique, Knocke-Heist, galerie Capazza, Nancay, (France)

2009
"Fondamentaux plastiques", galerie Capazza, Nancay, (France)
St'Art Strasbourg, Strasbourg, galerie Capazza, Nancay, (France)
"Art et Savonnerie, Comune di Savona, Savona, (Italy)

2008
"Noir et blanc", Galerie Capazza, Nançay, (France)

2006
Di Antonio d'Avossa, Tarento, (Italy)
Galerie Pastor, Nice, (Paris)

2002
Galerie Capazza, Nançay, (France)
"Maschere di Ubaga", Pieve di teco, (Italy)

2001
La maison des Arts, Carcès, (France)
Foire de Stockolm, galerie Pierre Vasarély, Stockholm, (France)
«Les cinq sens», galerie Capazza, Nançay, (France)

1999
Galerie Capazza, Nançay, (France)

1998
"Déjeuner sur l'herbe/ histoire d'eau", St Jacques du Couloubrier, Grasse, (France)
"Les quatre éléments : voyage initiatique", espace Cardin, Paris, Galerie Capazza, Nançay, (France)

1997
St Jacques du Couloubrier, Grasse, (France)
FIAC, Galerie Krief, Paris, (France)

1995
"Six peintres Français", Maribor, Lujbijana, (Slovenia)
FIAC, Galerie Krief, Paris, (France)

1994
"Transparences", Galerie Capazza, Nançay, Paris, (France)

1993
FIAC, galerie Krief, Paris, (France)

1990
"Albissola, gli artisti e la ceramica", Villa Gavoti della Rovere, Albissola, (Italy)
XXIVème prix international d'art contemporain, Monte Carlo, (Monaco)
FIAC, galerie Krief, Paris, (France)
"L'art pour la vie", ENSBA, Paris, (France)

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