The artist from Düsseldorf Jan Kolata (born in 1949 in Immenstadt, Germany) is without a doubt one of the most analytical painters of his generation. He studied as a master pupil at the renowned Kunstakademie Düsseldorf between 1970 and 1997, after which he received numerous art grants, including a coveted guest residency at the Villa Romana in Florence. He has been professor for painting at the University of Dortmund since 2006.
Kolata’s abstract subjects come about in the painting process, which the artist consciously shapes to allow the paint he applies to find its own place and shape on the image carrier, allowing the colors to mix together and drip their way through the image. He gives creative freedom to the paint itself and creates works that tell the story of their own process. The artist himself seeks to discover what painting is and can be, and he works in a similar way in his new edition of four screen prints. Four headstrong subjects are formed with the help of different screens put together more or less randomly. In them the observer can recognize structures and in parts amorphous sections.
“A picture’s dimensions aren’t a decisive factor for me. What’s much more important is how space develops in the pictures.” – Jan Kolata