1970s to 1990s, Extreme Simplicity, Luminous Colours

Coulon was haunted by the belief that color and light played a determining role in non-figurative painting. From the outset he had been aware of the issue of color, however it was used. Whether used figuratively or imaginatively, it contained its own energy and visual expressiveness. Formats shrank to stretchers measuring 10.5 x 9 cm, with paintings built up by juxtaposed dynamic brushstrokes. The compositions were invaded by dense, matt, saturated color, imbued with transparency and an unexpectedly youthful freshness.

Lydia Harambourg, "Jean-Michel Coulon" (published by Gourcuff-Gradenigo)