John Nolan was born and raised in Dublin and now lives north
of the city centre in Drumcondra. He is a second-generation
artist, having been exposed to art from an early age by his
father. The backyard studio in which he works is covered
wall-to-wall with a colourful collection of acrylic paintings,
and it also contains his workspace and a teaching area. He
shares his passion for painting with many.
In addition to teaching adult painting classes, John also
participates in special projects at several elementary schools
in the area. His work is easily recognizable, and is known
throughout Ireland and internationally, having been exhibited
in many countries as well as in the U.S. In 2003, he won the
distinguished honor of representing Ireland at the Biennale
Internazionale Dell 'Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy.
His work is in many public and private collections throughout
The subject of John's work is colour. He explores colour
through his stylized, contemporary and abstract styles. His
paintings have been inspired by many artists. His father, in
particular, was a huge influence on and source of inspiration
for his work. John's paintings transmit a positive, upbeat
feeling to the viewer. For John, art is a visual language,
an important means of communication. He creates each piece
as a unique experience. Art is everywhere, all around us.
All we need to do is open our eyes and enjoy. Art is for