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Jean-Marie Pirot (Trémery,1926) known as Arcabas, a name given by his pupils, is a French contemporary sacred artist.

Saint-Hugues church

He studied in the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts of Paris and taught in the École des Beaux-Arts of Grenoble. He became known for his works in Saint-Hugues-de-Chartreuse church.

From 1969 to 1972, he was appointed guest artist by the Canadian government, and was a professor of the University of Ottawa, where he created "l’atelier collectif expérimental". Back to France, he founded the atelier "Éloge de la Main".

Later, he received several demands from the French government and religious institutions. His works can be found in France, Germany, Mexico, Canada or the USA, although he's not a well-known artist. He currently lives in Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse, in Isère.

He has used several techniques: sculpture, engraving, tapestry, mosaic or cabinet work, but specially painting. He has also worked for theater making scenery and costumes.

His works are usually inspired by stories of the Bible.

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