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Meet Didier Nolet in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Didier Nolet.

Didier is an artist who was born and raised in Paris, France. He wanted to be an artist at a very young age. For many years every summer he traveled throughout France with his parents. These trips left a very strong impression on him. At the age of eighteen, he entered the Beaux-Arts School in Paris to study painting. This is also something that had a strong impact on him. He finally could be himself and could do what he wanted to do the most in the world: to paint.

After he met a young American who was traveling through France, he moved to Chicago in 1979. She became his wife. This move had a strange effect on him. It brought back many of his childhood memories. These memories were so strong that he knew he had to put them on canvas. He started to paint imaginary landscapes that reflect a blending of his childhood memories (he never uses photographs or any other visual support). Over time, these paintings became more and more an expression of his state of mind, which in turn, was affected directly by what happened in his life. Some paintings came out serene, others dark and somber.

More recently, he started a new series of paintings (some very large) reflecting the storms of his life; big crushing waves and surf. His paintings are started with very small sketches. He then paints small oil studies and finishes with a large piece. He always allows himself the possibility of changing anything while he is working on the final painting. He does not want to simply copy the studies.

Didier has been showing in Chicago and across the United States since 1980. The Chicago Cultural Center and the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, Illinois both organized a ten-year survey of his work. He has shown in many galleries in Chicago, including Struve Gallery, Eva Cohen Gallery, Ann Nathan Gallery, Lydon Fine Art, Perimeter Gallery and Addington Gallery (his current dealer). He has exhibited in Laguna Beach, California at Shona Gallery, Munson Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, MC Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Suzanne Brown Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona and Marilyn Pearl Gallery in New York City.

He is represented in numerous corporate art collections and art museums throughout the United States has won many prizes and awards for his work, including an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, and has been the subject of dozens of newspaper and magazine articles over the years.

Didier has been showing in Chicago and across the United States since 1980. The Chicago Cultural Center and the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, Illinois both organized a ten-year survey of his work. He has shown in many galleries in Chicago, including Struve Gallery, Eva Cohen Gallery, Ann Nathan Gallery, Lydon Fine Art, Perimeter Gallery and Addington Gallery (his current dealer). He has exhibited in Laguna Beach, California at Shona Gallery, Munson Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, MC Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Suzanne Brown Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona and Marilyn Pearl Gallery in New York City.

Didier is represented in numerous corporate art collections and art museums throughout the United States have won many prizes and awards for his work, including an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, and has been the subject of dozens of newspaper and magazine articles over the years.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Success came early but eventually, I discovered that it was not going to be easy. Many one-man shows sold out but others were not so successful. I never give up, I keep working hard, and I look for new opportunities all the time. Nothing is guaranteed. It is up to me to persist. Every day, when I get up I have to be ready for a long battle. In the end, the most courageous will win.

Please tell us about Didier Nolet.
I am an artist and more importantly, a painter. I create large imaginary landscape paintings. It is what I have known for. I have a great feel for light, colors, and composition. This is my “forte”. I am very proud to have many wall size paintings in numerous private, corporate and even some museum collections in this country and overseas. I keep getting great newspapers reviews. I am presently involved in a public art display called “Lighthouses on the Mag Mile.” It consists of fifty-one 72″ fiberglass lighthouses which have been created by dozens of artists to help Lighthouse Chicago to raise money for their organization providing services to blind and visually impaired people since 1907. My lighthouse that I titled “A Twist on Nature” is located at 737 N Michigan Ave in Chicago, right in front of Neiman Marcus building (a prime location) until August 11th, 2018.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I went to art school to learn how to paint. I had some incredible art teachers. Unfortunately, nobody is teaching how to promote and sell art. I had to learn the hard way. I think that it would have been so much easier if I had taken some marketing and writing classes. We have to learn how to create a product and how to sell it.

Pricing:

  • Paintings and drawings are priced from $600 to $18,000.

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2 Comments

  1. Joyce Owens

    July 24, 2018 at 3:01 am

    Beautiful work! He is a low-keyed guy who is an extraordinary artist!

  2. Roberta Miles

    September 8, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Didier is amazing, oh and so is his work!

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