msb gallery is pleased to present a print exhibition centering on carborundum* etching works by French artist James Coignard.


Please enjoy his unique abstract world expressed with alphabets, engraved marks and symbols.




 * Carborundum

Developed in the United States in the 1960s, it is one of the printmaking techniques used extensively by Spanish artists such as Joan Miló, Antoni Clavé and Antoni Antoni Tàpies. 


Carborundum (silicon carbide), which is a very hard powder used as an abrasive for sandpaper, is mixed with the adhesive or sprinkled onto the copper plate, therefore the trait of the brush remains sterically. The brightness changes depending on the fineness of the particles. Artists often draw with their fingers.







James Coignard (1925-2008)


Born in Tours, France in 1925. He studied at L’École des Arts Décoratif in Nice; the south of France, and produced his works of oil painting, sculpture and print using techniques of carborundum* etching (copper engraving).


Inspired by long journeys to Mexico and the western part of the United States and the ancient caves of Altamira and Lascaux, , he explored the metaphysics of symbolism through alphabets, engraved marks and symbols to create his unique abstract world.


Based in Antibes, France, he worked under the belief that "paintings must be beautiful, docile and gentle to touch, and abundant to gaze"


He has held solo exhibitions around the world and some of his works are now a part of the collections of major museums around the world, including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, Dublin Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the British Museum, the South African National Gallery in Cape Town, Musée d’Histoire et d’Art in Luxembourg and many others.