Jean-Michel Meurice was born in Lille in 1938. A student at the Tournai School of Fine Arts, his youth was marked by a dual passion for painting and filming. In 1960, as a soldier in Algeria, he created one of his first works that brought together his two passions: a three-hundred-metre film painted with a motif composed only of repetitive fingerprints and brushes; projected onto a screen, it was transformed into a moving painting lasting ten minutes. Since then he has been working as a painter and filmmaker.
In 1963 he made his first trip to the United States where he discovered a painting free of codes, Ad Reinhardt’s abstraction and the processes of “dripping” and “all over” that made Pollock famous.
He then paints repetitive shapes (strips or dots) on large formats using bombs or sponges. The traditional “canvas” support is often replaced by plastic sheeting or other unusual supports. In 1966 he exhibited in Paris at Jean Fournier’s with Hantaï, Degottex, Buraglio, Parmentier and Rouan and was one of the co-founders of the support/surface movement.
In addition to his work as a painter, he has been working on numerous audiovisual projects since 1960. He began his work as a filmmaker with a series of portraits of artists (Bram Van Velde, Sonia Delaunay, Alberto Burri…), making 13 short films on art. His documentary films, already awarded the 7 d’Or awards, were rewarded in 1992 with the Grand Prix National de la Création Audiovisuelle and the Grand Prix de la SCAM in 2010.
In addition, he has an important career in television, being, among other things, one of the personalities behind the creation of the Franco-German television channel ARTE, of which he was the director from 1986 to 1989.
Four of his “Penelopes” are in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou and he is the author of the ceiling at the Picasso Museum in Antibes. The National Grand Prize was awarded to him in 1992 for his work as a whole. His work is exhibited all over the world (Centre National des Arts Plastiques Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne, Musée Fabre, Fondation Maeght, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Musée de l’Ermitage, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Musée Rio de Janeiro, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Madrid, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Tokyo…).