James Coignard

1925-2008

Born in central France in 1925-2008 the abstract artist James Coignard started his career early. He studied first at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Nice, then as an apprentice to the painter Marchand des Raux. He is especially renowned for his use of vibrant primary colors and for his technical versatility.

In both his mixed media canvases and his works on paper, Coignard also achieves a deep, heavy texture that is another distinctive trait of his art. He is also an accomplished sculptor as well, working with such varied materials as bronze and glass. Coignard is a compulsive worker, producing entire series of paintings and prints in intense sessions that sometimes last up to three months. His methods are meticulous, in the tradition of the Old Masters. He starts each piece with dramatic swashes of blue, red, yellow, green and black that are his signature colors.

Museum Collections

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 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

Corporate Collections

(partial list)
General Foods
Pepsico
RCA
Mercedes-Benz
Xerox