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Bois Colombes (92), France
Since 1990, Éric Durant has regularly participated in national and international trade shows dedicated to engraving. Member of the engravers’ association "Engraver Maintenant". Engraving, now, for this artist is: Drawing by digging its furrow, testing the resistance of the material, generating a matrix, inking, unwinding, printing. Reveal an image... Keep a memory, honour the margins, celebrate slowness, do everything backwards, be there.
Over the years, linocut has established itself in its artistic activity as a privileged means of expression. It is a relief engraving technique (saving size) similar to wood engraving. Surfaces dug with a gouge will not be printed. The matrix is made of linoleum. It is a humble, artisanal practice that offers a slow ritual, with long drying times, where surprise and the unexpected, by decision, intuition or chance can occur, and reproduce, at different stages of creation. The power of colour, specific to oil-based typographic ink, the effects of textures due to printing conditions or the nature of the substrate, are combined with the possibilities of matrix permutations. The simplicity and modesty of the technique, which creative work can make people forget, continue to seduce him and feed his creation.
Trained at the School of Fine Arts in Toulouse and then at the ENS in Cachan. He practices sketching, drawing, painting and sculpture. Associate Professor of Fine Arts, graduate of CAPET in Applied Arts, he has been teaching since 1991 drawing, nude sketching, composition and art history at ENSAAMA (École Olivier de Serres) in Paris.
2016 European triennial of the "Estampadura" print Midi Pyrennées
2014 2015 : Contemporary print exhibition - Espace Renoir in Rueil-Malmaison, Autumn exhibition, engraving section, in Paris
2013 : European triennial of contemporary print "Estampadura", Exhibition "Estampadura in the city" at the Espace L’Ar[T]senal in Dreux
2012: Exhibition "Déclinaisons" at the Paul-Poiret cultural space in Sucy en Brie Exhibition "Petit / GRAND" at the Orangerie du Château de Sucy en Brie
2011 : Salon de l’estampe contemporaine - Espace Renoir in Rueil-Malmaison
2009 : Biennale de gravure d’épargne d’Albi
2008 : Salon de l’estampe contemporaine en Provence Côte d’Azur "Arstampa 5"
2007 : International Biennial of Engraving and New Images of Sarcelles
2006 : World Triennial of Original Engraving and Printmaking, Chamalières
2005 : Biennial of Savings Engraving of Albi
2003 : Resident at the Maison d’artiste de La Grande Vigne, Dinan
2000 : Espace Schiffers - Centre culturel de Bois-Colombes - Prints
1997 : Salon Grands et Jeunes d’aujourd’hui, Paris
1996 : "Illuminures "- Solo exhibition - Galerie du Haut-Pavé, Paris ; Salon d’Art Contemporain de Montrouge, Salon "Itinéraires 96", Levallois-Perret
1990 : Triennale internationale d’estampes de petit format, Chamalières