Our second Featured Artist of the Month is French painter Didier Nolet, a Chicago-based artist since 1979, as well as, long-time friend and customer to Genesis Art Supply. Didier is talented, has a unique background and has inspirational words of wisdom to share with artists and aspiring artists alike. This fall, at ArtSupply.com’s new store and creative center, he will begin teaching oil and acrylic painting, pastel and even have some specialty courses, focusing on components such as skies or fall flowers. Check out his interview below! For more of his artwork and information, visit his website (didiernolet.com) and his Facebook page!
Q: Who are you? Where are you from?
A: My name is Didier Nolet. I was born in Paris, France, where all my family lives.
Q: What is your artistic background? When did you start?
A: I studied at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, where I received a Master’s, a world-famous school. I was a student there from 1972 to 1979, but I was already painting and taking art classes for several years before that.
Q: Why art, in general?
I always wanted to be an artist since I was a little kid. I still have a painted porcelain plate that I did in kindergarten. It was never a question what I was going to do with my life.
Q: What kinds of projects have you been involved with lately?
A: I currently have a large one-man show with numerous wall-sized paintings at the DoubleTree by Hilton, in Skokie, Illinois. The show had a great review on July 10th in the Sun-Times/Pioneer Press.
Q: What inspires you to create art?
A: I started to create large-scale landscapes reflecting a blend of my childhood memories shortly after I moved to Chicago. Over time, these paintings were affected by life in the U.S. Eventually, these paintings became more and more a reflection of my state of mind, which was directly affected by what happened in my life.
Q: What do you think about the role of art in modern society?
A: I think that art is food for the mind. Art can have a direct impact on so many things that surround us, from anything like architecture to furniture to clothing to design in general. If we look at the different periods of the art world this is so obvious. For example, during the cubist period, all kinds of design were affected by that vision.
Q: What is your dream as an artist?
A: My dream is to leave a permanent mark as an artist in our society.
Q: What’s the best advice you can give to aspiring artists?
A: Work hard, don’t give up and show your work to the world. Nothing should stop you.