"I have no inspiration. Breathing is my work", says Jean- Jacques Dournon, a painter who was awarded the Rome prize in 1980. Dournon has ever since chosen to always come to grip with Nature. In front of the subject, he lays on the ground long rolls of paper or large canvases, scrutinizes it in order to dig out its structures and vibrations and works day after day with charcoal or acrylic until the picture finally shapes." There is no contemporary subject.The way to paint is contemporary. Discovering who I am is what is at stake here."
Azart magazine, special edition n°8,contemporary figuration, La Nature mai 2007