James Coignard was born in Tours, France in 1925. After studying at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Nice, he went on to serve as an apprentice to the painter Marchand des Raux.
Coignard’s work is best characterized by the use of bold primary colors and deep, heavy textures, often with hand-stenciled letters and geometric lines. His technical versatility is remarkable, and he is also an accomplished sculptor, working in such varied materials as bronze and glass.
His museum credentials include the Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris), British Museum (London), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco), Dublin Museum, Israel Museum (Jerusalem), Museum of San Diego, High Museum of Art (Atlanta), New Orleans Museum of Art, and the National Museum of Luxembourg.
In the Artist’s Own Words
“The painter is, like everybody, witness of his time… I focus in my paintings on the anguishes and aggressions of mankind by my gesture of anger, dynamism, and also of hope.”
--James Coignard, 1995