Five questions to Annette Nolte

Five questions to Annette Nolte

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Annette Nolte is a german abstract painter born in Cologne and living in Essen/Ruhr area. She studied art education and fine arts in the eighties at the University of Essen and the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. After many years of working predominantly in the fields of therapy and yoga, she decided in 2019 to reimmerse herself into painting, with a studio in the Kreativquartier Essen City-Nord and various exhibitions.Since when do you paint and what are your favorite motives?

I painted already a lot as a little child and was very encouraged by my parents. In school, art has always been my favourite subject, so it was a logical step after high school to study art at the university / the Kunstakademie. After that, my search for self-knowledge led me to become an art therapist and teacher for Yoga and meditation. While working with people for many years, art has always accompanied me, in a receptive as well as in an actively creative sense.

With the rental of a studio in 2019, the desire to go deeper into art again began to be fulfilled.

When you create a new work, how do you proceed? What comes first? 

It usually starts with a strong inner sensation of color. When I bring colors then to the canvas, I never know what will come out of it in the end. I let myself be guided from the inside and work on a canvas often in many layers, until an inner freedom sets in. In addition, there are also fast works with little overpainting, where freedom is right there. When something appears on the canvas that surprises and reminds me at the same time, the painting process is coming to an end.From what do you get your motivation? 

There is this longing to experience myself on a very deep level, which is answered by art. I see artistic creation as a discipline that comes from pure joy and leads me to the essentials. It brings me into the power of now, nourishes my senses, and lets me experience expansion, beauty and freedom.Your life without art would be...

... impossible, as art is life, and life is art. 

What's the best art venue in your city right now? 

Of course, we have the famous Folkwang Museum in Essen with a great art collection of the 19th and 20th century and current trends in international contemporary art. 

For me personally the artroom jETZT, run by Annette Schnitzler, has been very significant in the last few years. It is a beautiful gallery and room for art events in Essen City-Nord with temporary exhibitions of modern artists:

There I myself had the opportunity to exhibit and, as Artist in Residence for some weeks in 2023, to be artistically inspired by the light-filled atmosphere of the room.Learn more about the artist: