Kolb has always lived the pictorial adventure as an experimentation field where pigments and bonds meet the canvas, the support. And he keep on experimenting on the “skin” of painting.
Nature is everything we see,
Everything we want, everything we love?
Everything we know, everything we believe in,
Everything we feel deep inside.
She is beautiful to the one who sees her,
She is good to the one who loves her,
She is fair when you believe in her
And when you show her respect in yourself.
Look at the sky, he sees you,
Embrace the earth, she loves you,
The truth is what you believe
In nature it is yourself
Born in 1956 in Niort.
Jean-Louis Kolb lives and works in the Var because he prefers the tranquility of the countryside to the hustle and bustle of the city.
He studied at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs de Limoges, Art section, where he met demanding teachers with great pedagogical and human qualities.
He became friends with the historian and art critic Giovanni Joppolo who is at the origin of his career and who wrote several prefaces.
Jean-Louis Kolb completed his studies at the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris. He has been involved in teaching the arts in France and abroad for many years. These rich and captivating experiences in the educational sector have constantly aroused his interest in interculturality. Since graduating from the Beaux-Arts, his career has been punctuated by personal and group exhibitions in France and abroad.
Jean-Louis Kolb leads by means of painting a work of color and its luminous reflection in a particular quality of texture.
The subject of the painting: the painting itself with its constituent elements. Painting confronts us with the only material experience of the painting which is presented as a block, a space of vibrations, a shimmering of colors in freedom. The surface of the canvas palpitates in the surrounding space and requires the viewer to move to better discover the thickness and all the subtleties of the changing color.
This approach is situated after abstraction and the painting is a language made of forms and non-referential signs.
Tireless traveler, in search of elsewhere and passionate about the exchanges between cultures, Jean-Louis Kolb went to discover many countries. He has a particular attraction for Asia for which he has long had a real passion. Travel is necessary: a creative activity that nourishes his own work and allows him to break the habit to stay awake.
A collector too, he has gathered during his encounters and travels many pieces of Oceanian art that today populate his daily world
2020 Le torse d'une femme a la pureté d'un vase, grandes courbes simples d'un fruit désiré, Galerie Capazza, Nançay
Participation at Art Paris 2020 with the Galerie Capazza of Nançay, from September 10th to 13th, booth D 01
2019 L’arbre c’est le temps rendu visible, Galerie Capazza, Nançay
Re-Naissance[s] – May 24th to August 25th, Hôtel Goüin, Tours
2018 Miroir des Sentiments, Galerie Capazza, Nançay
Participation at Art Elysées 2018 with the Galerie Capazza of Nançay, October 18th to 22nd, booth 106 A
2017 Il est grand temps de rallumer les étoiles, Galerie Capazza, Nançay
2016 Vénus et Vulcain, Galerie Capazza, Nançay
Participation at Art Elysées 2016 with the Galerie Capazza of Nançay
2015 Ensemble depuis 40 ans, Galerie Capazza, Nançay
2013 Participation at Art Elysées 2013 with the Galerie Capazza of Nançay
2012 Personal exhibition, Galerie Capazza, Nançay, France
2011 Passages, Olympic, Munich, Germany
2008 Galerie Capazza, Nançay, France
2007 Espace 150 x 295, Martil, Marocco
2001 Kolb, travaux récents, Espace Sextius, Aix-en-Provence, France
1999 Extrait, peinture / installation, 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, Le troisième Œil, Bordeaux/ Paris, France
Galerie Capazza, Nançay, France
1992 Galerie René Baeriswyl, Geneva, Switzerland
Galerie Anne-Marie Marquette, Le troisième OEil, Bordeaux/ Paris, France
1990 Galerie Krief, Paris, France
Musée de Beaune, France
Galerie René Baeriswiyl, Geneva, Switzerland
1989 Centre d'art contemporain de Castres, France
Galerie Anne-Marie Marquette, Le troisième oeil, 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, Meymac, FranceRead more
- Regional fund of contemporary art of the Limousin region and Midi Pyrénées' one, France
- Beaux-Arts Museum of Beaune, France
2012 Texte de G. Joppolo, Galerie Capazza, Nançay, F
2008 Texte de G. Joppolo, Galerie Capazza, Nançay, F
1997 «Pour extraire», Antonio d’Avossa, Galerie Krief, Paris
1990 Textes de Annette Malochet, Marion Leuba, «Jean-Louis Kolb, un peintre», musée des Beaux-Arts de Beaune, F
1989 «De chaos et de fureur», Giovanni Joppolo, «itérations» Gérard-Georges Lemaire, Direction régionale des affaires culturelles, Limoges, galerie Krief, Paris
Antonio d’Avossa, «Jean-Louis Kolb ou les raisons d’un territoire», Centre d’Art contemporain de CastresRead more
1998 J-F Debailleux, Libération, 20.01.1995
1997 «Pour extraire», Verso, Arts et Lettres n°6 /1997
1989 Jean-Louis Poitevin, Kanal Magazine n°5, 02.
Patrick-Gilles Persin, Cimaise, n° 200-201, 07.08
1987 Robert Hoang-Hai, Sans titre, Kanal Magazine, 6
Jean-Luc Chalumeau, Opus International, nov 1987
1986 «Les peintres à suivre», Eigthy Magazine n° 14
1985 «Le lieu matièriste», Opus International n°97 , n°118
«Une sensibilité spécifique», Pôle position n° 3