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James Coignard

"I strike the canvas the way the way I lay a trembling hand on a beloved face. The gesture is the painter's scar."


Notes of biography

Painter, sculptor, French engraver was born in Tours in 1925. He lived and worked in Antibes (Alpes-Maritimes); he died in March 2008.
James Coignard begins studying to the Art school of Nice in 1948. However he spents a large part of his life in the Riviera, Coignard has been very itinerant, and thus he has been living 3 years in New-Orleans (1985-88). He organises many collective and personal exhibitions in France and abroad where his art is often appreciated (Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, France, etc).
In the same time, he likes carving (Sculptures of glass, Venice, 1961 / Bronzes in 1977), he carries out, in 1975, an exhibition with fourteen tapestries in Brno (Czechoslovakia).
His own personal engraved work - mainly with carborundum (Henri Goetz) - starts in 1968. He works with a great number of poets through the creation of a book.
Until the Sixties, Coignard painted in an expressionnist way, with washed-out colors and a very worked material. Later he creates abstract paintings, composed of random spots, regular forms, and typographical features. He often paints in brown and grey harmonies, always with a worked substance. The man has a right glance, a word and a calm gesture. Perhaps is he listening the world which surrounds him with its ugliness, and his beauty.

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Some were created in lithographic technic, most are simple offset reproductions. They are many those who like collecting these rectangles of paper, monochrome or in games of colours, in matt paper or brilliant, with many words or almost dumb.

We are happy also to be able to greet, by this pages, mythical galleries as those of Denise René, Louis Carré, Claude Bernard, Berheim Jeune, Maeght, Pierre Loeb and others.


Complete work(s)

Complete work(s)
L'oeuvre gravé », Vol. I, II, III, IV, V & VI, consultables en ligne, Ed. Association des Amis de James Coignard, 2017 All the complete works

Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Coignard », François Bénichou, Ed. Le Musée de Poche, Paris, 1973
  • « Quatre clés pour l'oeuvre de J. C. », M. Bohbot, Ed. P. Hervieu, Nice, 1979
  • « James Coignard », Jeffrey Robinson, Ed. Paul Hervieu, Nice, 1981
  • « Mémoires, . . Silences », Marcelin Pleynet, Ed. Daniel Papierski, Paris, 1987
  • « Immanence de l'invisible », Alexandre Schwarz, Ed. ECA France, Paris, 1988
  • « James Coignard », Marcelin Pleynet, Editions Daniel Papierski, 1989
  • « Un peintre et son miroir », Jean Rollin, Ed. ECA France, Paris, 1990-1991
  • « James Coignard : l’oeuvre de 1956 à 1996 », Château-Musée de Cagnes/Mer 1997
  • « Le language évolutif du graveur », Tita Reut, Ed. François Vecchio, Cannes, 2002
  • « James Coignard », Goldberg Itzhak, Editions Galerie Capazza, 2014
To read from the artist :
  • « Entretien avec James Coignard », François Bénichou, Ed. Sonet, Stockholm, 1986
  • « Conversation », Georges Tabaraud, Ed. Cardinaux, Chatellerault, 2007
Website :
No website dedicated to the artist.

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Art movements

+ LYRIC ART, ABSTRACT, TACHISM / 1950-1960 / Jackson Pollock, Emil Schumacher, etc.
All art movements

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