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Biography of Beugniot-Dul Daniel
Daniel Beugniot, Dul of his artist name, was born in Bordeaux in 1954. He taught printmaking for many years to art students at the University Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux III.
Daniel Beugniot joined forces with Gérard Trignac to found the Estampe d'Aquitaine in 1985. He had just obtained his National Diploma of Fine Arts. He had learned to work with etching, to treat architecture with fine lines and carefully graduated according to the aerial perspective, to vary the lines according to the materials. Daniel Beugniot had drawn many buildings during a year spent at the school of architecture when Michel Desportes was teaching perspective and engraving. This influence can also be seen in the twisted perspectives in the work of another engraver of the time, Phillipe Mohlitz. Daniel Beugniot did not take this path towards the fantastic.
The artist went first to play with the perspective to create ambiguities of reading of the forms by compositions in mosaic where each tesserae would have its own vanishing point, but whose lines are integrated into a larger composition. This way of thwarting intelligence was combined with research on materials, such as brick, Roman tile, stone walls, bamboo leaves, for which the resources of the line were no longer sufficient in his eyes. Daniel Beugniot therefore began to combine inked parts and stamps that leave an uninked imprint in the paper. These learned compositions of various formats are from the first phase of his artistic career, but Daniel Beugniot was already looking elsewhere!His technique and his research will evolve over the years. Daniel Beugniot took pleasure in working the paste of the monotype, the fatty ink spread, moved, raised, stretched, wiped, crushed. Nothing could be further from the clean-lined etching of his early work than these spurts under the force of the press, these subtle effects that occur only once. The research carried out for a series of engravings on the Bordeaux vineyards led Daniel Beugniot to invent a technique of engraving on paper that he would use in the rest of his work. On a support, the artist lays out pieces of torn paper, which he fixes with glue. The surfaces are worked with instruments that produce dots and scratches digging into the surface. The different inking of these levels produces a superimposition of several colors that gives the print its depth.To his research on the plate is added a practice of printing - which is similar to that of James Whistler in the middle of the 19th century. For Daniel Beugniot, the engraved plate is only a partition whose interpretation must be varied. The same matrix is inked differently, alternating yellow, red and blue. The plate becomes the support of a series by the permutation of a combination of elements. These are not tests but represent a whole, the complete series of variants constituting his work.Daniel Beugniot had a second passion; it seems appropriate to say here that he was a lover of ocean waves and that he was a skilled surfer. He was even an instructor in this sport. To transmit always!His life was cut short by illness, Dul died in Bordeaux in 2010. His students remember a passionate teacher who pushed you and never stopped helping you. This went as far as putting his press and his workshop at their disposal. Daniel Beugniot's discreet dedication to the development of his students never led him to make them followers working according to his recipes.