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Amor, Ouanèslocked

Tunisian, 20th century, male.

Active in France from 1952.

Born 10 October 1936.

Painter, engraver.

Ouanès Amor went to live in France at the age of 16. From 1960, he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Robert Chastel. He became Gustave Singier's assistant in 1970 and was appointed teacher and studio manager in 1980.

He initially studied figurative art and was subject to various artistic influences. Subsequently he used decorative motifs featuring plants or ancient cave drawings linked to the abstract ornamental tradition of Arabic art, or inspired by seal cylinders which for 5000 years had held ancient Mesopotamian writings. He then moved on to simple geometrical shapes. Amor opted for a radical form of abstraction, devoid of all reference to the real world. His new paintings were at first composed of subtle intersecting strokes resembling plaited, coloured threads of wool, then in about 1990, he turned to the use of thin glazes, superimposing their colours to give subtle, transparent effects.

He has shown in many group exhibitions in France, Yugoslavia, Japan. In Paris, he has exhibited at the Salon de la Jeune Peinture and the Salon de Mai since 1967 (becoming a committee member of the latter), at the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles since 1969, at the Salon Comparaisons and at cultural centres throughout France. His work has also appeared at the Musée d'Auxerre and at the museums of Belgrade and Novisad. He has had solo exhibitions of his paintings and engravings in Paris, Dieppe, Montpellier, Le Touquet, and in 1994 at the Maison des Arts et Loisirs in Sochaux. He has been awarded the Municipal Prize (Prix de la Ville) by both Monaco and Toulon.

Museum and Gallery Holdings

Grenoble (Centre Culturel)

Paris (BNF, Prints Collection)

Paris (MAMVP)

Auction Records

Douai, 11 Nov 1990: Composition (1989, oil on card, 15 × 11½ ins/38 × 29 cm) FRF 5,800

Bibliography

  • Leburgue, Philippe: Amor, exhibition catalogue, Gal. Berthet Aittouares, Paris, 1991.
  • Michaud, Yves: ‘Un coloriste d'instinct’ in Amor, exhibition catalogue, Maison des Arts et Loisirs de Sochaux, Sochaux, 1994.