Jean-Jacques Dournon photo portrait recouvert de peinture

Photo credit: Hervé Cohonner

Jean-Jacques Dournon was born in Paris in 1953.
He lives and works since 1999 in Port-Louis in Morbihan.

A student at the technical high school of Sèvres in the artistic section (1970-1973), he joined the School of Fine Arts of Saint-Étienne (1973-1977) in the middle of the Support/Surface movement, but there he encountered some difficulties with the teaching provided. . Bernard Ceysson, his art history teacher, qualified him at the time as rebellious.

He paints in oil on canvas the landscapes of Rochetaillée where he lives, likes the series of trees by Mondrian, the bathtubs and self-portraits by Bonnard, the watercolors by Cézanne, the still lifes by Morandi, the materials of Charchoune and the canvases and temperas of his great friend Arpad Szenes.

A National Fine Arts graduate, he returned to Paris where the Cité Internationale des Arts welcomed him between 1977 and 1980.

After winning the Fénéon Prize in 1979, he left Paris to spend two years in Rome, at the Villa Médicis as a resident of the Académie de France in Rome.

In 1986, he left Paris again to stay 9 months in Madrid, at the Casa de Vélasquez as a laureate of the City of Paris.

In 2000, Jean-Jacques Dournon discovers Vietnam where he remains 2 months to draw on the Mekong.

In 2006, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul invited him for a 3-month artist residency.

From his many travels, he brought back a number of drawings and paintings. But it was in Brittany that he felt closest to his emotions in the face of the Landscape, which echoed his sensitivity and his research: "Being in the charcoal material, in his footsteps." Living charcoal as his friend Henri Meschonnic used to say. During this period finding the "retinal color" this colorful atmosphere that envelops us is one of the leitmotifs of his research.

In 2010, aware of the importance of landscape photography, Jean-Jacques Dournon left the external representation of nature to professional photographers. He then set himself a new challenge: to discover his own landscapes, his own nature by developing a singular technique based on charcoal, dry pastels and acrylic juice. He abandons the motif to draw interior landscapes most often guided by current events in the world. This is how the Drawings-Paintings on large sheets of paper are born: the Monades, Les Territoires, les Paysages cosmiques, les Impacts  …

In 2007, the first hair stuck on canvas appeared. A few years later, this organic component will be mixed with sawdust, dust, ashes to create a new material, pictorial and symbolic specific to the artist.

At the cost of a freedom of creation conquered day after day and 50 years of daily practice, Jean-Jacques Dournon notes:

Painting for me means living as close as possible to the transformation of elements, whatever they may be, without the notion of what has been learned or knowing, and accepting the enjoyment of novelty, always or almost on the edge of the hiccups of discovery and of freedom. The unbearable lightness of painting where it is necessary to eliminate the superfluous and paint only what must be, human material in the paint material, together in the fresh.

If on certain works, I stick hair, it is that I feel a physical need to do it, yes a necessity. The same for sawdust and ash.

Today, painting is no longer just transmitting an emotion of any kind, facing a landscape, a person or more abstractly transmitting a feeling, but it is increasingly being in painting, being IN painting. It is she who helps me to paint, to be a painter, to be alive, a living painter. Each canvas, each drawing is an eruption. What happens to be in my painting are seething dross of life coming from deep within me, the rest is less important.

Being a painter, being painting is what happens inside him.

In this magma of the Before Naming, perhaps the first flowers appear, those before the pattern, funny birds, plants, while the color by effervescent touches clears a path through the fault lines of matter.

What if Dournon's work went back in time to the creation of the world?


– Jean-Jacques Dournon was born in 1953.
– He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Saint-Etienne.
– National Fine Arts graduate in 1977.
– He obtained the Fénéon prize in 1979.
– In 1980, he was a resident of the French Academy in Rome and spent two years at the Villa Médicis.
– In 1986, he was awarded a scholarship from the City of Paris for the Casa Velasquez in Madrid.
– In 1992, he won the second drawing prize for the Ile-de-France Region.
– In 2000, he spent two months in southern Vietnam. Partners: A.F.A.A. and Paris City Hall.
– In 2006 the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul (South Korea) invited him for a three-month artist residency.


2023 – Galerie le Coin des Arts 75003 Paris, Lanzarote, vivre volcan du 7 octobre au 28 octobre.
Un catalogue avec un texte d’Emmanuel Daydé est édité à cette occasion:
2021 – Galerie de l’Ephémère et médiathèque Pondichéry, Port-Louis : Suite amazonienne 1 et 2
2019 – Artothèque Pierre Tal Coat, Hennebont : Territoires, Traces, Ecritures
2018 – Librairie-galerie Chapitre XII, Bruxelles : Traces et territoires
2013 – Centre d’art contemporain du Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Bignan : Sur le motif
2010 – Musée du Hiéron, Paray-Le-Monial : Etats d’âmes
2009 – Médiathèque de Port-Louis : Histoires d’Arbres
2009 – Galerie Ditesheim, Neuchâtel, Suisse : Paysages et fruits
2008 – Paris Galerie Le Coin des Arts
– Brescia, Chiesa di San Zenone : Canto Libero e Potente
2005 – Musée de la Compagnie des Indes, Lorient : Carnets du Mékong
2002 – Musées de Libourne, chapelle du Carmel : Tension: Icomages et paysages
– Galerie Ditesheim Neuchâtel, Suisse : Paysages et Visages
2000 – Chapelle Saint-Jean, Guern, Morbihan : L’Art dans les Chapelles
– Musée Pierre André Benoit, Alès : Dix ans de peinture
– Hôtel d’Albret, Paris : Sur le Mékong, carnets de voyage
1999 – Carnac : Terre à menhirs Site de Kermario, présentée par la Caisse Nationale des Monuments Historiques et des Sites


Juillet-Août 2023 – Atelier du Hézo – Art Contemporain, Le dessus des cartes  du 22 juillet au 20 août, Le Hézo Morbihan
Septembre 2023 – Conversations musicales entre un peintre : Jean-Jacques Dournon et un pianiste : Vincent Mussat
Pendant une heure, ils vont converser, les peintures de Jean-Jacques Dournon répondant au piano de Vincent Mussat. Ce sera un partage entre les deux
artistes et le public, une rencontre entre peinture et musique. Pour se faire, les peintures et dessins de Dournon ont étés numérisés, filmés
puis montés selon le rythme et l’ambiance des œuvres musicales choisies et interprétées au piano par Vincent. Un dialogue entre l’art de la peinture et l’art musical, entre touche de peinture et touche de musique.
4 concerts dans 4 villes du Morbihan : Auray le 13 septembre , Saint Philibert le 12 septembre, Carnac le 15 septembre, La Trinité sur mer le 16 septembre
Réservations et renseignements au 06 81 04 86 72 ou au 06 09 93 45 48
2022 – Galerie Ditesheim & Maffei fine Art à Neuchâtel, Suisse. 23 artistes de la galerie à l’occasion du cinquantenaire de la galerie
2021 – Salon international du dessin et de l’estampe, Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris, galerie Thaddée Poliakoff
2021 – Galerie Ditesheim et Mafféi, Neuchâtel, Suisse: Trésors révélés 2
2017 – Villa Médicis Rome, rétrospective par l’image d’œuvres des anciens pensionnaires à l’occasion du 350ème anniversaire de l’Académie de France à Rome
2016 – Galerie Ditesheim et Mafféi, Neuchâtel, Suisse: Des arbres, passionnément
– Galerie Ditesheim et Mafféi, Art Paris, Grand-Palais, Paris
– Salon international du dessin et de l’estampe, Grand-Palais, Paris
– Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris: Pour les 25 ans de l’art dans les chapelles,
2015 – Musée de la Cohue, Vannes: Vivant Végétal
2014 – Salon international du dessin et de l’estampe, Grand Palais, Paris galerie Thaddée Poliakoff  « Le coin des arts »


Frac Bretagne
Frac Ile de France
Departmental Council of Morbihan
City of Paris
City of Vannes
( Museum of the "Cohue" )
City of Paray le Monial
( Museum of "Hiéron" )
Vatican City
( Hall of Ambassadors )
Brescia Museum, Italy


Etats d’âme, movie by Nadine Michaud
18 mn, 2010


1982 Stained glass windows for the chapel of the Madeleine, Carnac
1989 Painted outdoor complex of 530 m² for the administrative city of Clamart


Approach to the work of Jean-Jacques Dournon
by : Olivier Campa, Serge Champeau, Serge Gaubert, Marie-Françoise Le Saux, Henri Mitterand

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