(1925 - 2008)
James Coignard was active/lived in France. James Coignard is known for abstract paintings, sculpture, engraving.
French painter, sculptor, engraver, James Coignard was born in
Tours in 1925. He lived and worked in Antibes, in the Maritime Alps,
and he died in March 2008.
Coignard began his studies in 1948 at
the School of Fine Arts in Nice; however, his journey as an artist
began in the Côte d'Azur, where he settled. In fact, Coignard traveled a
lot, living for a period from 1985 to 1988 in New Orleans. His
artistic career was marked by collective and personal exhibitions both
in France and abroad (Sweden, Switzerland, the United States...), where
he enjoyed fame and recognition.
Until the 1960s, his artistic
development was characterized by an expressionistic style; then Coignard
found himself moving towards an abstract one with random spots, regular
shapes, typographical characters, and mixed media backgrounds.
was a painter but also a sculptor, who experimented with bronze and
with glass. His work as an engraver was also quite well-known.
Coignard created his first glass sculpture in the 1970s at the Fucina
degli Angeli. Only later, after meeting Adriano Berengo, did his
creations in glass become richer and more organic. He was fascinated by
glass and its ability to capture light and by the world that revolved
around the magical interrelation of the material, the artist, and the
hands of the master glassmaker
During his career, Coignard made
his talent available to many poets, with whom he loved to undertake the
adventure of creating a book.
Berenco Fine Arts, www.berengo.com
Born in Tours, France in 1925, the abstract artist James Coignard studied at the Ecole des Arts Dècoratifs in Nice, and later apprenticed under the well-known painter Marchand des Raux.
Exhibitions and Museums:
British Museum, London;
Dublin Museum, Dublin;
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe;
Phoenix Art Museum;
Musee d'Art Moderne, San Francisco;
Israel Museum, Jerusalem;
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris;
Gallery Goetz, Stuttgart;
International Art Fairs, Basel, Chicago, New York;
Flamingo Grafik, Falkenberg
Gallerie L'Obsidienne, Paris.
"The painter is, like everybody, witness of his time...
I focus in my paintings on the anguishes and agressions of mankind by my gesture of anger, dynamism and also of hope."
James Coignard, 1995.
A resident of of Antibes, James Coignard died on March 8, 2008 in Cannes, France.
Obituary, Le Mardi, March 11, 2008