HISTORICIZING SCANREIGH The work of Jean-Marc Scanreigh
This text was given to announce the monographic publication intitled Pour un Scanreigh historié (Historicizing Scanreigh), a retrospective look at the pictorial work of Scanreigh, from1973 to the present day.
Texts : (only in French)
- Literary Portrait of the artist by Jacques Jouet
- Critical extracts
- Illustrated album of 16 pages in which Scanreigh tells his own story
- 160 pages, 214 reproductions and 150 vignettes , 24 x 21 cm
- Mémoire Active, ISBN 978-2-908185-65-2, September 2008, 20 €
About Jean-Marc Scanreigh
He was born in Marrakech in 1950. He began working in 1973 in Strasbourg, his painting inspired by American minimalism and the French Avant-garde Support-Surfaces. Working in both sculpture and engraving led him to develop a style which finds echoes in the neo-figurative and neo-expressionist movements of the early 1980s.
In the 1990s, his work was characterised by the intensive use of mixed techniques, on canvas as well as on totemic compositions on salvaged wood. At this time, he also began to edit artist’s books and prints with texts, his «placards», created in collaboration with writers and poets.
The city library in Lyon, where he lived from 1983 to 2007 has been entrusted with his prints (1973-1988) as well as two publisher’s collections – Michel Chomarat in Lyon (books, original posters and hundreds of preliminary drawings) and Fata Morgana, based near Montpellier.
His work has been exhibited at the international art fair «Art/Basel» in 1984,1990,1998, at SAGA in Paris in 1988,1990,1991 and 1998, through the publishers Bucciali, Lacourière- Frélaut, René Tazé and Item Editions.
Over the last twelve years, Scanreigh has given numerous lectures on subjects such as Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, outsider art, illustration and caricature. He is the co-author, with Françoise Biver of prefaces (Museums of Belfort, La Roche-sur-Yon), of various texts and articles, including contributions to the arts magazine Artpress on subjects such as Willem, Henry Darger, Olivier O. Olivier, “graphzines”. Since 2000, his painting has become increasingly graphic, more intense, with fewer collages and a renewal of interest in larger formats.
He has exhibited since 1973. He has worked in both Saint-Etienne and Besançon schools of art. He is currently working at l’école des Beaux-arts in Nîmes, where he has lived since 2007.
About Jacques Jouet
Jacques Jouet is a poet, novelist, playwright, and a writer of short stories and essays. He also works in radio and on the web where he is a regular contributor to his publisher P.O.L.’s site. He has been a member of Oulipo (Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle, founded by François Le Lionnais and Raymond Queneau), since 1983. His collaboration with Jean-Marc Scanreigh began in 1989 with a small illustrated supplement to the litterary review «Limon». From 1992 onwards and before embarking on this literary portrait of Jean-Marc Scanreigh, he had written fifteen or so texts for his « placards » (prints with texts) as well as his artist’s books. Under cover of literary pirouettes, Joouet surreptitiously scatters certain truths regarding the energetic communicative nature of the artist. Hundreds of reproductions indicate each step, each twist and turn of the creative process.