James Coignard

About The James Coignard

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.

It was a great pleasure to represent James as his dealer, publisher, agent and friend. He was a very special friend and will be missed.

In both his mixed media on canvas and his works on paper, James Coignard is known for his technical versatility. Coignard achieves a deep, heavy texture as a distinctive trait in his art.

The carborundum process of printmaking was developed by Henri Goetz in the 1960’s. Goetz taught Miro, Max Papart, Clave, Coignard and others the use of carborundum for printmaking.

The heavy texture achieved in both his paintings and works on paper is an important signature of Coignard’s work. He worked in many mediums including painting on canvas and on paper, Carborundum Gravures on hand-made paper, as well as sculpture in metal and glass.

Coignard worked intensively in what he termed “Gesture Painting”, some times spending many months creating series of paintings and graphics that are both powerful and beautiful.

“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.”

Museum Collections:

  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York,
  • British Museum, London, England
  • Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France
  • Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
  • High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia
  • La Jolla Art Center, La Jolla, California
  • Kunst Museum, Soest, Germany
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Musée de Saint Denis, France
  • Museum of San Diego, San Diego, California
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix. Arizona
  • Musée de Dimona, Israel
  • Bibliotheque Municipale, Nice, France
  • Bibliotheque Municipale, Tours, France
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Luxembourg
  • Musée de l’Abbaye de Sainte Croix, Les Sables d’Olonne,
  • France
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • University of Alabama, Alabama
  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
  • University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
  • Syracuse University, New York
  • Colgate University, New York, New York
  • Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Historical Society of Montana, Montana
  • Lincoln University, Oxford, Pennsylvania
  • Glassboro State College, New Jersey
  • Dublin Museum, Dublin, Ireland
  • New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Finch College, New York, New York
  • Wilmington College, Ohio
  • Jamestown College, North Dakota
  • Eastern Montana College, Montana
  • Belhaven Collection, North Carolina
  • Jackson and Mississippi College, Mississippi
  • Fulton Montgomery College, New York
  • Northwood Institute, Michigan
  • South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada

Partial List of Corporate Collections:

  • General Foods
  • Pepsico
  • RCA
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Xerox