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Jean-Marc Scanreigh
  • Artist (1950)

The self-taught artist Jean-Marc Scanreigh, born in 1950 in Marrakesh in Morocco, initially started studying physics and chemistry in Strasbourg, before devoting himself to painting in the early 1970s.  In his plural oeuvre he combines drawing, painting, and engraving with publishing prints and artist’s books, and works with many authors, writers and poets. Since 2007 he has been teaching at the Nîmes School of Fine Arts, after teaching engraving in Saint-Etienne and Besançon. His engraved work includes 150 books and between 800 and 900 prints, woodcuts, linocuts, etchings, silkscreen works and phototypes with a preference for engraved wood. Scanreigh reinvents the traditional tools and gesture of the engraver. At a performance in 1975 in Strasbourg, for example, he amplified the sound of the impacts of a rubber stamp made by him, which he applied to a sheet of paper. His lithographs on Arches paper, Une soirée chez Jacques and Dans un album are an intermediary here between his early abstract works inspired by American Minimalism and Supports/Surfaces, and his black and white works where figurative forms appear, in the movement of European neo-Expressionism of the early 1980s. These last engravings would be exhibited with the works of Gäfgen, Kaminiski, and Lüpertz in 1984 in Saint-Etienne. In 1989, Scanreigh’s painting developed towards the use of mixed techniques which he applied both to canvases and to compositions made of recycled wood. A monograph about his painting, Pour un Scanreigh historié was published in 2008 and, in 2011, the library at the Carré d’Art in Nimes held a retrospective of his engraved oeuvre.

Nadine Labedade