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French, 20th century, male.

Born 27 May 1924, in Rodez.

Painter (mixed media), engraver, lithographer, medallist. Landscapes.

After studying at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Pierre Fournel qualified as a teacher of drawing in 1949. In 1950 he was appointed to teach in Montpellier and settled in the village of Castelnau. He produced medals of Joseph Delteil and Jean Hugo for the Paris Mint as well as commemorative medals of the Marquis Jean Pierre and Gabriel Couderc, founder of the Musée Paul Valery in Sète....


Octavia Nicholson

English sculptor, installation artist, painter, and printmaker. He was a leading figure in the group of ‘Young British Artists’ who emerged, predominantly in London, in the 1990s. He studied at Goldsmiths’ College, London (1986–9), and in 1988 curated the exhibition Freeze, which provided a new platform to show his own work and that of many of his Goldsmiths’ contemporaries, some of whom have since become internationally renowned. His works are explicitly concerned with the fundamental dilemmas of human existence; his constant themes have included the fragility of life, society’s reluctance to confront death, and the nature of love and desire, often clothed in titles which exist somewhere between the naive and the disingenuous. The works typically make use of media that challenge conventional notions of high art and aesthetic value and subject-matter that critiques the values of late 20th-century culture....


French, 20th century, male.

Born 1900, in La Charité-sur-Loire (Nièvre); died 1994.

Painter (mixed media), watercolourist, draughtsman, engraver, medallist.

Surrealist group.

Marcel Jean studied at the Paris École des Arts Décoratifs from 1919 to 1921. He did a number of different things until 1924 and then went to the USA to work as an industrial draughtsman. He must have returned to France in the early 1930s, when he was involved in the Surrealist movement. From 1938 to 1945 he lived in Hungary, working mainly as a writer and publishing an essay called ...


British, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1967, in Penzance.

Installation artist, photographer, printmaker.

Young British Artists.

Abigail Lane studied at Bristol Polytechnic (1985-1986), and at Goldsmiths College, London (1986-1989). She co-curated the seminal Freeze exhibition with Damien Hirst and became one of the group of artists that came to be known as the Young British Artists....


John-Paul Stonard

English sculptor, painter, printmaker and installation artist. He studied at Goldsmiths’ College (1979–82) under Michael Craig-Martin, for whom he briefly worked as an assistant, and emerged as an influential figure on the British art scene in the 1980s, with a highly inventive series of painted metal sculptures. These humorous and playful sculptures combined a loosely painted imagery with steel shapes, as in the case of ...