In a few posts on this Blog I asked for help to find some coffee artists who have been elusive. Professor Francisco Rivera was one of them and a reader pointed the Professor and his wife in my direction. I love the power of the internet! Another artist I was eagerly looking for was Jean-Marie Peigna; a coffee artist who has been working with coffee as a medium for a very very long time. I considered him the Grandfather of all coffee artists if there was such a thing.
I received an e-mail from Sabine Peigna, Jean-Marie Peigna’s wife. It’s sad to say that Jean-Marie passed away over a year ago.
Jean-Marie Peigna’s work was well documented in the United States on CNN, FOX 5 News and in Japan on TV ASAHI in the early 80’s. Long before most of us were even drinking coffee let along painting with it. His web site boasts a bibliography few artists have amassed. According to Sabine he may be considered the ancestor of coffee paintings; his whole life revolved around it.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of viewing Jean-Marie’s work please visit his web site at http://www.coffeepainting.com/
“Peigna's material of choice is coffee recycled; roasted, ground, liquefied for its extracts, the green bean is the sole and final element of this palette. Since his first encounter in 1980 in Colombia, coffee has been an epiphany for Peigna who has found in this "tool" the universal and spiritual values enshrined in the fruits of creation. As noble as earth itself, the dark, dense brown color shines with surprising luminosity and brilliance.
Peigna's paintings are charged of energy, and they captivate for the vitality they convey. They embody multi-formity, which is one the most distinguishing aspects of 20th century art. Peigna's work has been viewed internationally in gallery exhibitions.”
I would like to thank Sabine Peigna and offer her my condolences and gratitude.
Edward Patrick Kranz (Ezju)
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