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Jacques Dunoyer

Jacques Dunoyer

French painter
1933 - 2000

Mon jardin a Saint-Paul
Mon jardin à Saint-Paul

Jacques-Michel Dunoyer was born in Arras on the 20th of June 1933. At the age of seven, the war forced him and his family to join the exodus fleeing the bombardments. Destiny was to ordain that this little boy from Northen France was to become a Meridional (a native of the South). His family settled in Marseille.

He started courting a young painter who had been academically trained. Gradually watching her paint, the inspiration came to him. He was suddenly drawn by the muse towards what was to become his passion and this self-taught artist threw himself into what would be his reason for living.

Bouquet d'ete
Bouquet d'été

He bought a gallery to exibit his first five paintings. It was an immediate success, the romanticism of his canvases, the innocence and freshness met with the public's approval. He was encouraged by a famous art dealer, Monsieur Drouand to whom he had shown his paintings. It was Mr. Drouand's encouragement that sparked off J-M Dunoyer's career.

He settled in St Paul de Vence a little medieval village which is perched on a hilltop on the outskirts of Nice, a place he fell in love with.

Over the years, he obtained the Grand prix of Art in Sologne in 1967, then a silver medal for Art, Sciences and Letters in 1968. But Jacques Dunoyer was not looking for honours or awards; he preferred to live discreetly. Nature was to become his master and on his canvaces, out of seeming disorder only meaningful to him, he conjured up woodland settings with the rusty tinges of autumn, slow running rivers bathed in shade and meadows dappled with red poppies.

Chemin en Provence
Chemin en Provence

First the tones of his palette were soft and gently caressed the canvas but progressively this exploded into a thousand different colours more rich and precise. His career has continued with several exhibitions each one being as successful as the last...

J-M Dunoyer died in January 2000.

1967 Salon des Artistes français
1968 Salon de l'Art libre
1967 Salon d'Automne
1968 Salon Art Sciences et Lettres. Medaille d'Argent
1967 Salon Art en Sologne - 1er Prix
1981 Ecole de Paris au Japon
1989 Professeur Honoris Causa en disciplines Humanistes de l'Interamerican University
1992 Sté d'encouragement aux Arts et Lettres Médaille de Vermeil
1996 New York "Jacob Javis Center" USA
1997 Vancouver International Art Exhibition Canada

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