(American, b.1973) is a painter and sculptor known for his often dark-mixed media works. Violette was born in Ithaca, NY, and earned his BFA at New York's School of the Visual Arts in 1998. He began showcasing in group exhibitions in New York in the late 1990s, while he was in college, and went on to earn an MFA from Columbia University in 2000. Violette works primarily in installation art and mixed media. Inspired by other Minimalist and Conceptual artists such as Jack Goldstein
(Canadian, 1945–2003), Violette’s style has been referred to as New Gothic Art; this categorization results from his use of stark, experimental materials and focus on black, white, and metallic colors. Since the beginning of his career, Violette has drawn on the themes of violence, youth culture, death, iconography, and the blurring of fantasy and reality. Heavy metal and hardcore punk rock imagery also often appear in his work, inspired by his fascination with the music and the fear of its associated subcultures in society.
Violette's work appears in several prominent galleries around the world, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY, the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA, and the Musee d'Arte Moderne et Contemporain in Geneva, Switzerland. One of his best-known pieces is often considered to be his untitled Minimalist installation of a hollowed church made entirely out of salt, inspired by incidences of arson and murder in the Norwegian metal community. Violette often collaborates with musicians in his preferred genres, notably Stephen O'Malley (American, b.1974) of the band Sunn O, to create soundtracks for his exhibitions. He partnered with O'Malley to produce Untitled
in 2007 at the Saatchi Gallery, which casted Sunn O's stage equipment in salt, creating an eerie atmosphere of an abandoned concert. Violette continues to live and work in New York, where he is represented by Team Gallery. He is also represented by Maureen Paley Gallery