Biography

Michel Jouenne

Michel Jouenne was born in Boulogne-Billancourt the 25th of January 1933. He started to study at the Lycée Claude Bernard and realized his first gouaches in 1947.

In 1949, he took for the first time part to an artistic event at the Salon de Versailles. He exhibited three watercolors. One of them was rewarded. Then, in 1955, he succeded at the drawing teacher contest in Paris. He started his military service in 1958. It lasted 29 months, including 14 in Algeria.

He worked with the painters « Witnesses of their Time » in 1969. One year later, he did his first lithography for a newyorker art dealer. He started to build his studio in 1973 and signed the same year an exclusif contract with Japan. He also won a lithography price.

One year later, the first book about his work got published. Two years after that, in 1976, he won the gold medal of French Artists.

Since 1977, he became a guest of honor in several « salons ». He exhibited his works regularly and some years later, from 1987, Michel Jouenne became a member of the jury in some of these « salons ». He also became « chevalier du mérite culturel et artistique ».

In 1990, he became « chevalier de la Légion d’honneur » and in 1991 the navy’s official painter.
In 1992, on the occasion of Brest 92 Michel Jouenne spent some time on the dispatch-boat Jean Moulin.

Michel Jouenne won the « vermeil Art Sciences et Lettres » medal in 2000 and the « vermeil de la ville de Paris » medal one year later.

The Jouenne Museum opened in 2002 in Saint Rémy-de-Provence and four yeas later, the artist won another medal, the gold one, of « Art, Sciences et Lettres ».
He is a really famous and important artist Art Thema Gallery is proud to represent and exhibit.

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