Jean-Paul Donadini: In Motion
“I like the idea of a flat surface that becomes dynamic” – Jean-Paul Donadini
French artist Jean-Paul Donadini takes his canvases to the next level, incorporating realistic illusions and actual painting tools in his pieces. Donadini combines the intentional simplicity of Rothko and Mondrian with the abstract elements of more contemporary artists like Koons and Hirst. The viewer is able to experience the familiarity of renowned artists in a new sculptural light.
Brossee Arretee Orange is a perfect depiction of Donadini’s expert use of color and precision painting. Shades of blue serve as the backdrop for accented pops of orange, pink, and black. Interest builds gradually until the viewer reaches its peak – the standard painting brush grafted onto the top stroke. This organized pigmenting is reminiscent of Hirst’s spot paintings, but Donadini’s work separates itself with the introduction of a sculptural element.
Donadini best shows the tactical process behind paint building and color blocks. In Spatule Jaune Et Orange, the paint extends off the canvas in a gestural stroke. Much like Rothko’s pieces, beauty can be found in the stroke itself and the singular combination of colors. Broad yellow gives way to the flaming dark hues of red and orange. Excess paint piles around the spatula, showing the depth of the painting and the rich layers that lie beneath.
In Brosse arretee Juane Mondrian, Donadini reimagines a classic Mondrian image by exposing the architecture of the canvas beneath. The culprit is a painter’s brush, left frozen mid-stroke. Recreating an iconic Mondrian design is a deliberate choice. Donadini’s addition of the paintbrush disrupts the grid-based geometric shapes and perpendicular lines. In the reveal of the canvas, Donadini reminds the viewer of the nature of the painting and Mondrian’s skilled method of creating these perfect strokes.
Donadini is classically and versatilely trained. In his extensive career, he’s experimented in surrealism like in the favored print Voyage intime, and Glam’art with his lipstick on canvas piece, Lipstick Marilyn. No matter the medium, Donadini’s pieces are guaranteed to attract and awe anyone who wanders close.