Traditionally trained Dutch artist, Noella Roos believes in and is inspired by a thorough understanding of anatomy, composition, materials and arabesque—the line and pattern of the body in movement. In her work, she enjoys the challenge of combining classicism with a contemporary approach and the portrayal of human emotion.
Noella works with modern and traditional dancers, and her work displays a range of emotions and movement, as well as strong evidence of her classical education in figurative drawing. Her work would not exist without the inspirational works of artists such as Michelangelo, Käthe Kollwitz, or the modern dance choreographer Pina Bausch, who challenged the boundaries between ‘traditional’ and ‘modern emotional’ dance. Rothko and Bill Viola have also had a significant influence on her work.
Her drawings do not need much explanation—they are what they show. However, Noella’s drawing is distinctive in its technique, artistry and her use of dancing, dynamic models.
When drawing her dancing models, Noella draws as quickly as the dancers dance, in perfect harmony with the dancer and his/her movements. The dancers inspire her, and she translates their movement and emotion into abstraction and her drawings—and later into her painting. Dance is a very personal way of expressing emotions, and this is what Noella tries to capture in a figurative drawing. Working with dancers gives her the freedom to play with composition, and to respond to the emotion of the dancer.
Noella has lived in Asia for 27 years—in Sri Lanka, Vietnam and currently resides in Bali, Indonesia. She is inspired by Asian culture and environments and enjoys blending this with traditional Western ways of painting.
Noella has had solo exhibitions all over the world—in Hong Kong, The Netherlands, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Korea, Indonesia (Jakarta and Bali), and India. Noella has also participated in several group exhibitions in the UK (London), Belgium, Indonesia, Italy and The Netherlands—including prestigious art fairs The Realism Fair in Amsterdam and the Open Art Fair in Utrecht.
She also teaches oil painting classes in her beautiful studio in Bali.