Educated at the École du Livre in the Belgian city of Liège, Collignon (° 1923 Belgique – † 2002 Belgique) was primarily a typographer in a printing company. He also worked in Val Saint-Lambert’s crystal factory as a draughtsman and also took evening drawing classes at the Liège Academy at the same time. He attended full-time education from 1942 to 1945 in order to escape forced labour in Germany. His vocation as an artist soon became very clear to him thanks to his teacher Auguste Mambour. Collignon started as a figurative painter in 1943 and started focussing on abstract painting from 1947, drawing inspiration from Picasso’s works.
Collignon formed an active part of various avant-garde groups immediately after the war: the “Jeune Peinture Belge” group (1945-1948), the “Réalité” art group (1949) which, due to its close relationship with the CoBrA movement, was also referred to as “CoBrA Réalité” and later also the “Abstract Art” group (1952-1956).
He came into contact with the CoBrA artists Pierre Alechinsky, Corneille and Jacques Doucet in 1950 and subsequently exhibited together with them at Galerie Maeght in Paris. Collignon and Alechinsky were awarded the Prix Jeune Peinture Belge in 1950.
Even though Georges Collignon had little affinity with the CoBrA movement – he was only indirectly involved with CoBrA and was considered an outsider – he was still represented at the 2ième Exposition Internationale d’Art Expérimental CoBrA in Liège in 1951 with five artworks.
Georges Collignon founded the “Art Abstrait” group with other artists in 1952. Abstraction in the paintings was an absolute central focus point to this movement.
Collignon alternated resolutely abstract periods with figurative and neo-figurative periods throughout his career, thereby reconciling figurative elements with abstract structures.
Collignon’s works have been exhibited in various different personal and collective exhibitions both in Belgium and abroad, including the São Paulo Biënnale in 1958 and the Venice Biënnale in 1970.