to the opening on Saturday 10th of September, 1217.
The gallery is open on Sunday 11th of September, 1316.
The exhibition is on until 22nd of October 2005.
To celebrate James Coignard 80 years, we will show a selection of
his paintings and carborundum engravings.
In this connection we present the book LUVRE GRAVÉ
The artist will be present during the opening and sign his new book.
Thomas and Karl-Johan Bergström
Galleri GKM Siwert Bergström
just a few strokes of his brush he conjures up an entire world. James
Coignard extends the boundaries between concrete and abstract. He
knows how to create chromatic melodies that shift in timbre from cobalt
blue to blood red, from earthy tones to blocks of colour as black
as night. His paintings embrace everything from vast expanses of colour
to spaces enclosed. His pictures are an artistic epicentre where lines,
letters and numbers meld with vigorous swashes of colour.
varies his subject matter endlessly in one painting the focal
symbol might be a secret sign; in another, a sensually conceived female
body. His themes might as easily be small squares that seem to describe
an urban formation, cave paintings of animals that may well have been
taken from Spains Altamira or Frances Lascaux, or a full-blooded
scene from a brutal bullfight.
paintings become magical. They trace an immense line over the heavens,
a clean-cut brush stroke that transforms into a view of a mysterious,
infinite universe. Paradoxically, Coignard casts the tangible and
the unspeakable in the same mould, placing the luminous in opposition
to the dull; the asperous against the fulgent.
works from his early years reveal an unquenchable thirst for life,
an indefatigable desire to paint whatever touches our innermost feelings
and the landscapes that surround. Other works inculcate a rather more
melancholy mood against a sombre backdrop. The facility for creating
symmetrical lines that contrast with the chaotic and irrational has
become a hallmark of Coignards work.
of his paintings present saturated colours as a contrast to the grey,
almost extinguished and effaced. Life meets death. Such is his pictorial
universe, spinning like a never-ending whirligig populated by humans,
animals and phantasmagoria.
in Tours in 1925, James Coignard moved to Paris with his parents at
the age of three. Even as a child he had an insatiable appetite for
drawing and painting. In 1948, 23 years old, he made up his mind to
become an artist and enrolled at the École des Arts Décoratifs
in Nice. The following year he and his fellow artist, Marchand des
Raux, staged a joint exhibition at the Musée de l'Ile de France
in St Jean Cap Ferrat. Around the same time Coignard came into contact
with the great Henri Matisse and was influenced by his work for a
while before he began to seek his own ways forward. Not long afterwards
Coignard discovered the modernists handling of colour via the
techniques of Georges Braque and Marc Chagall.
contact in the late 1950s with a number of Spanish artists and his
special fascination for Catalan sculptures and frescoes proved decisive
for his artistic development.
first Paris exhibition came in 1960. Since then he has exhibited in
numerous galleries and museums, and is well represented in both private
and public collections that include the Guggenheim Museum in New York
and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, California.
the late 1960s Coignard produced his first etchings in the gravure
au carborundum technique. Earlier in the same decade he had also begun
to create sculptures in bronze and glass, which he has continued to
produce parallel with his paintings and graphic work.
he is based in the south of France, with a studio in Antibes and a
home on the outskirts of Cannes.
Coignards paintings and graphic works are an artistic adventure,
an aesthetic game in which the destructive and the momentous mingle
freely with the spontaneous and the sensual.