“My own story with painting is loving to paint, not knowing how to paint, inventing means to paint, and, then, rather quickly being able to call myself a Western painter.”


Jean-Pierre Pincemin became a painter at age 23. He gave up his job as a factory metal turner. His teachers: passion and the urge to create. From 1968 to 1973, Jean-Pierre Pincemin tried his hand at glued squares. First, the canvas was dipped in a tub of paint. Next, it was cut up and assembled in irregular geometric figures, squares, and rectangles.


By 1971, Jean-Pierre Pincemin had joined the Supports/Surfacesmovement, which sprang up in the late 1960s. This movement, inspired by Matisse’s cut-outs, was situated close in time to another new abstract movement in the USA and in France, Hard Edge painting, with the likes of Simon Hantaï and Claude Viallat. The concept behind this movement was a focus on the physical reality of the painting.


At the end of the 1990s, Jean Pierre Pincemin decided to junk everything but assimilate everything. This meant every style, every support, every technique, every genre. When arthritis set in, Pincemin turned to producing polychrome sculptures in his image, assemblages of painted scraps of wood stapled together.


His themes in his work have ranged from trees, religious topics, war scenes, the erotic, and also portraiture. Jean Pierre Pincemin became the most audacious of technicians, mixing oil with or without tar, and using other very personal mixtures. His favoured canvas, paper, and also photographic posters as supports.



 Jean-Pierre Pincemin was born in France, in 1944. He started out as a factory mechanic. His first visit to the Louvre Museum fire a passion for painting. After a period as an art critic, he switched to creating his own paintings and sculptures and had his first showing in 1968.


These works were the result of research that was light years from traditional brush work. It involved folding, using brick imprints, meshes, and working with canvas as a new material. By 1971, Jean-Pierre Pincemin had joined the rather recently created Supports/Surfaces movement. Throughout his corpus of work, Pincemin vacillated from abstraction to figuration.


Jean Pierre Pincemin, catalogue d'exposition, préface de Serge Lemoine, Montreuil : Gourcuff Gradenigo, 2011

Christine Besson, Bruno Gaudichon et Joséphine Matamoros, Jean-Pierre Pincemin, catalogue d'exposition, Paris : Gallimard , 2010 
Coline Braye, « La Création du Monde, Œuvre monumentale de Jean-Pierre Pincemin », CeROArt, 2010

Louis Dalla Fior, Les ateliers de Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Paris : Art inprogress, 2009 

Jean-Pierre Pincemin, catalogue d'exposition, Perrigny : Centre d'art de l'Yonne, 2008 
Hommage à Jean-Pierre Pincemin : sculptures, peintures, gravures rehaussées, 1967-2004, catalogue d'exposition, Issoudun : Ed. du Musée de l'Hospice Saint-Roch, 2008 
Maryline Desbiolles, Les draps du peintre, Editions du Seuil, 2008
Michael Bishop, Contemporary French Art: Eleven studies, Editions Rodopi, 2008

Elisabeth Lebovici, Pincemin, l'anti-pinceau, in LA LIBERATION, 19 mai 2005
Le peintre Jean-Pierre Pincemin est mort, in Le Monde, mai 2005

Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Au vif de la peinture, Editions Seuil, 2004

Claude Guibert et Jean-Luc Chalumeau, Supports-surfaces le témoignage personnel des artistes, volume 1, Paris, 2003
Maryvonne Georget, Jean-Pierre Pincemin : peintures, gravures : oeuvres de 1986 à 2002 : catalogue d'exposition, Paris : Jean-Pierre Pincemin, A.D.A.G.P. , 2003 

Jean-Pierre Pincemin catalogue d'exposition, Barbizon : Suzanne Tarasieve, 2001
Jean-Pierre Pincemin, catalogue d'exposition, texte d'Evelyne Artaud, Toulouse : Caisse d'Epargne Ecureuil, 2001

Jean-Pierre Pincemin : foreign office, textes de Catherine Strasser, Bernard Marcadé, et Didier Semin, Paris : Editions du cercle d'Art , 2000 

Évelyne-Dorothée Allemand, Patrick Jourdan et Marie-Françoise Poiret, Tableaux : la peinture n'est pas un genre, catalogue d'exposition, Morlaix : Musée des Jacobins, 1999
Beaux-Arts Magazine, n°181, juin 1999

Les années supports-surfaces dans les collections du Centre Georges-Pompidou : André-Pierre Arnal, Vincent Bioulès, Pierre al.catalogue d'exposition, textes de Daniel Abadie, Éric de Chassey, Didier Semin... et al., Paris : Musée du Jeu de Paume, 1998
Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Monkey business, Chambéry : Editions Comp'Act, 1998 
Bonnefoi, Pincemin, Rouan, catalogue d'exposition, texte d'Éric de Chassey, Paris : Galerie Jacques Elbaz, 1998
Pascale Chauvineau, Jean-Pierre Pincemin : gravures, 1971-1997 : catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre gravé, Vannes : Musée de la Cohue, 1998

Ninety, Art des années 90 - Art in the 90's : Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Jean-Michel Othoniel, numéro 21, Editions Les Flohic, 1996
Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Editions Musées d'Anger, 1996

Jean-Pierre Pincemin, catalogue d'exposition, texte de Lise Guehenneux, Orleans : Centre d'Arts Contemporains, 1994 

Barbara Rose, Frédéric Nef et Roger Pouivet, J. P. Pincemin : façons de voir, manières de décrire, catalogue d'exposition, Saint-Priest : Centre d'art contemporain de Saint-Priest, 1993 
Jean-Pierre Pincemin, catalogue d'exposition, textes de Philippe Piguet et de Jeanne Villeneuve, Poitiers : Musée Sainte-Croix, 1993

Pascale Cassagnau, Jean-Pierre Pincemin, noir et blanc, Editions Actes du Sud,1992

Marie-Hélène Grinfeder, Les années Supports surfaces : 1965-1990, Paris : Herscher, 1991 

Pascale Cassagnau, Jean-Pierre Pincemin : noir et blanc, Arles : Le Méjean/Actes sud, 1990 
Arts - Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Aller et Retour, in Le Mondre, novembre 1990

Eric De Buretel de Chassey, Jean-Pierre Pincemin : Classicisme et avant-garde à la fin des années 60, 1988 
Dalla Fior Louis et Pincemin Jean-Pierre, Répertoire d'une oeuvre. Peintures et sculptures de Jean-Pierre Pincemin,1988

Jean-Pierre Pincemin : recent paintings, catalogue d'exposition, préface de Maurice Poirier, New York : Denise Cadé - Art prospect inc., 1987
Rainer Michael Mason et Pascale Cassagnau, Jean-Pierre Pincemin : L'année de l'Inde, Editions Pasnic, 1987

Jean-Pierre Pincemin : l'année de l'Inde : mai - novembre 1986 / Jean Pierre Pincemin / Goussainville, France : JPA Imprimeurs, 1986
Peinture : Pincemin, Duport, Dubilé, Chompré, Bambagioni, catalogue d'exposition, Musée du Berry, Bourges, 1986 
Michel Enrici, Jean-Pierre Pincemin (État des lieux), Editions La Différence, 1986

Supports-surfaces : André-Pierre Arnal, Vincent Bioulès, Louis Cane, Marc Devade, Daniel Dezeuze, Noël Dolla, Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Patrick Saytour, Claude Viallat, André Valensi, Editions Limage, 1983

Bernard Lamarche-Vadel, Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Paris : C. Bourgois , 1979 

Louis Dalla Fior, Ecrit sous la toile (Jean-Pierre Pincemin), Paris : Stevenson & Palluel, impr. 1976