Spanning from permanent, site-specific murals to multi-panel paintings, David Novros’ (b. 1941) practice explores spatial experience through colour, form and surface. A member of the legendary artist-run Park Place Gallery in New York, Novros rose to prominence in the 1960s for his ‘portable murals’, large-scale monochrome paintings which actively engage with their supporting architecture. These works later developed into rhythmic arrangements of polychromatic shaped canvases, provoking all-encompassing, kinaesthetic experiences. Following the production of his first fresco at Donald Judd’s studio in 1970, Novros primarily focused on the production of murals, allowing him to further his exploration of positive and negative space by working directly on the wall. The artist’s works on metal, cut or soldered into various shapes and partially painted, further function as architectural compositions which both adapt to and withstand the passing of time.
‘Novros is not only a great colorist, iterations of shape within composition display an intuitive rather than systematic approach to color in relation to form and surface — these paintings determine an expansion of possibility for painting, and a reconnection with painting within architecture that is apart from tradition of easel painting. It is not the simple object emphasis of some abstract painting or the transfer of a plan to wall, as with Sol Le Witt, or an increase in scale for sublime effects, but a new coexistence of painting with architectural space and, the viewers kinesthetic experience of movement through that space.’
D. Rhodes, ‘David Novros’, in The Brooklyn Rail, June 2019
Image: Salidas, 2016, oil on canvas, overall: 700 x 500 cm.; 275 5/8 x 196 7/8 in., Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, photo: Bernd Fickert / Museum Wiesbaden, © 2021 David Novros / © Adagp, Paris, 2021