Thierry Noir:

Born: 1958, Lyon, France

Moved to Berlin, Germany in January 1982, where he currently resides.

Just now the world remembers 20 years of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But what do we remember about the art of those days ? Thierry Noir, the man to who we owe the longest concrete painting in the world.

As "artist of the month", November 2009, Artbust presents a painter, who stole the communist regime, the show from the west side: Thierry Noir.


The Berlin Wall was built in 1961. Our artist of the month arrived 20 years later in 1982. He still claims to be one of the most important of all artists who sprayed colourful paintings over the boring grey of the concrete walls of the Berlin wall. He certainly achieved this to a certain point.

However there were many more influential artists over the period of 40 years painting on the Berlin wall.

A recent article in the local newspaper "Berliner Morgenpost" shows you a variety of the best 41 selected pictures of art on the wall (reported in our twitter tweet , dating 12th November)

Thierry Noir was drawn to Berlin from his native Lyon, France, rather by the likes of of David Bowie and Iggy Pop, who lived in West Berlin at this time than art or the wall. From April 1984, Thierry Noir together with French painter friend Christophe Bouchet started to paint the Berlin Wall. It is not known, "why", or what influenced him.

We, Artbust, met Thierry Noir in the late 1990s in order to set-up a web presentation for him. We had many interviews, meetings. We shared also many thoughts. His own first website was almost finished when the project got stuck over costs. We experienced that instinct of marketing (making money?) of Noir ! Beautiful crafted sculptures and paintings made soon way for the single "pop" nose. Do you like it? You are still able to see it on our website for Noir, which we re-launch in his interest.

His bright coloured pop nose is a stereotype, drawn in seconds sometimes. This is more meant to provoke but also to make money! And it sells! Decorative art!
It is a fact: His paintings, with their bright colours and their melancholy poetry in contrast, survived longer than all the other art on the wall did after the fall of the wall in 1989.

Over the years the paintings took even phenomenal proportions.

The object was not to embellish the wall but to demystify it, it is said now.
He was passionate and even more politically involved in the project documented by Artbust, the "Ernst Reuter Platz".

The paintings of Thierry Noir became a symbol of new-found freedom after the reunification of Germany and the end of the Cold War.

His "noses" are handed out by tv presenters in Berlin to their guests. Noir still manages to keep up with good connections, networking and marketing!

Even the rock band U2 featured the artwork of Thierry Noir. He had painted on Trabants (an former East German brand of automobile made of plastics - as seen on the website in one of our original photos). It is still "parking" in the hard Rock Cafe in Berlin. Photos of which decorate U2's 1991 album "Achtung Baby", which itself includes songs (such as 'Zoo Station") that have themes inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the changes taking place in Europe at the end of the Cold War.

We wish him well, after we haven't heard from each other for a long time! But for the anniversary out of public interest we bring back "our" original website for Noir:
This is the Artbust presentation for Thierry Noir, a great friend at that time, surely French, but we always loved the kind treats he gave us on our many encounters: surely a bottle of French red in the backroom of his showroom in West-Berlin.

Please note that this website is not finished completely and still have some bugs. The art work is not available for sale anymore! If you are interested in buying please contact us or Noir directly.

Noir meanwhile has found its own website style, which we do link here:

It looks much different: Pop Art. And after the first shock, you realise that it matches the artwork he puts on display, although, please keep in mind, that we show a much greater variety of his work.

Dietmar Bohne
For Artbust Germany
and parent Artbust UK
November 2009

Design and development and copyrighted © 1997 ZFX for Artbust
revised version © 2009 Artbust
all art work © Thierry Noir,
Christophe Bouchet, photos and original digital gadgets by Artbust, , Bradley Zenker  or Artbust
artist selected and web site revised for promotion purpose by Artbust in in 2009