As a result of the war, it is the 41 “GRDI in 1939-1940, he was forced into an extended stay Savoyard mountain. This is where in 1942 he began to paint all figurative paintings. He returned to his home province and moved in 1943 to Aigurande. contacts with the Resistance, he participated in airdrops. After the liberation of Paris, he returned to the capital.

In 1947 he exhibited for the first time at the Salon des Surindépendants. The same year, he left for Italy and spent several months in Rome. He worked in the studios of Cinecittà, where he made his first abstract works. He exhibited at the Salon of New Realities in 1950.

He graduated in 1952, a scholarship to the Netherlands and became a resident of Maison Descartes in Amsterdam.
The October Salon (1952-1953) of Charles Estienne leads the offensive lyrical abstract [What?] which also involved with him Huguette Arthur Bertrand.

Based in New York in 1960, he developed a passion for jazz, became friends with jazz musicians. Then, back in France, he then worked in various experiments jazz painting, the first free jazz festival held at Bobino in January 1967. He created his first monumental work in Vitry-sur-Seine in 1971. In 1976, James Pichette teaches at the National School of Decorative Art in Nice. He regularly exhibits at large and young people today and the Salon of May.

The circle appeared in 1970. In 1985, the beginning of the “Space Jazzique” theme which occupies its long painting.
James Pichette also made ceramics, tapestries, furniture and decorative objects.