(Notes from the Rabbit Hole.)
Working out of his studio in Clinton Corners, New York since 2008, Olivier Solanet has been painting since a very young age.
Born in Geneva, Switzerland to French and British parents, Olivier originally pursued formal studies in classical music, in addition to art history. His primary areas of focus through his years at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music were music composition, piano performance, and musicology.
Music - with particular emphasis on the Classical, Jazz, & Electronic genres - has had a lifelong influence on Olivier. Fascinated by the theory behind synesthesia, Olivier works extensively to seek the incorporation of musical ideas into his visual works. Dynamics, rhythm, harmonies, each are present in every work.
A large body of Olivier's work explores a series of so-called "Moments". These, as with all moments, are intrinsically ephemeral. They disappear as quickly as they enter a room. They are the lingering perfumes in the halls of crossed paths. An impression left. They are also most often musical moments, or "Moments Musicaux" as is used in Classical music.
Through Olivier's eyes, art is visceral, as opposed to more strictly intellectual. Art emotes. Colors convey particular visual messages. Use of color, therefore, is of the utmost consideration. Textures are also important to Olivier. As a result, his works often call on numerous techniques using different palette knives.
All available works in the gallery may be purchased and safely shipped worldwide, with pricing upon request.
All paintings come ready to hang and do not require a frame as the sides are painted. Each painting is signed on the side, as well as signed and titled on the back. All paintings are delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity, as well as a Certificate of Valuation.