CHRISTIAN BOZON (1969-)
An expert at line-engraving, Christian Bozon also manipulates colors with dexterity. His art is often made with warm colors that are softly balanced between abstraction and imaginary landscapes. His principal means of expression are aquatint, combined with dry-point
Christian Bozon was born in Lons-le-Saunier, France in 1969. Beginning in 1986 he trained at the Art School of Besancon and received his diploma in 1987.
In 1993-1994 he organized an engraving studio at the French Cultural Centre in Tetouan, Morocco, and fulfilled a childhood dream by moving there. While there he learned to speak Spanish; his art from then on expresses the warmth of Andalusia and Africa.
He currently lives in Malaga, Spain and regularly exhibits in Europe, Japan, the United States and Africa. His work has been awarded numerous prizes in France and Spain.
RENAUD ALLIRAND (1970-)
Allirand’s etching technique focuses on the use of a thin-nibbed paintbrush dipped in hydrochloric acid. The engraver uses this with a zinc matrix. The process resembles that used for Indian inks. The brush caresses the plate, bites it, and, after inking and having been put through the press, displays irregular, almost invisible lines, a sort of soft monochrome shade in a transparent grey.
Adopting Paul Klee’s principle “art does not reproduce reality, it makes reality visible”, Renaud Allirand’s work encompasses still-lifes, landscapes and abstract paintings opening up for us an ecstasy of shape and colour. he mixes gouache, Indian ink and acrylic. Paper remains his preferred background material although he also uses plain and primed canvas.
His work is in both public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. In 2007 and 2016 he was invited to be the Resident artist at the French Institute of Tangier - Tétouan, Morocco.