Jean Duquoc was born in Nantes, France in 1937 and first began
experimenting with painting when he was thirty-five. He is entirely self-taught. “I developed the need to paint in order to tell the story of
Brittany,” he recalls. Finding resonance with Van Gogh, Gauguin and the Fauves, Duquoc turned to simplified, lyrically abstracted forms and raw, unmixed colors in acrylic paint and oil pastels. Through the years he has sought to harness what he calls “color at its source.”
“My country is a very strong country and calls for strong colors,” he observes. “It is a country of strong contrasts. It is a meeting of land and sea. The result is impassioned, vivifying landscapes that convey not only emotional intensity but spiritual transcendence.