|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.
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
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
- 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