Initially a member of “de Stijl” and the Bauhaus during the 1920’s, Domela moved to Paris in 1933, and became a prominent member of the “Abstraction-Creation” group. He began creating architectural reliefs, incorporating a variety of refined unconventional materials which he selected after meticulous consideration to their colour, texture, opacity, sheen, and what musicians refer to as “timbre”, the specific resonance. Favouring distinctive materials such as perspex, shagreen, sharkskin, copper, and thuya, he used colours sparingly to let the hues of the elements yield to the texture of the material, in a technique not of neglect or concealment, but sublimation.
Domela became internationally renowned for his “enriched” Constructivism, and enjoyed numerous high-profile exhibitions worldwide. He is now represented in many major museum collections internationally.