Life and work. Jessie Jasmine Jones, visual artist, JJJ.
1976 – born in London.
1983 – left London with her parents for France.
Attended school in Gabian in the Hérault where her parents had settled.
Subsequently studies applied arts in Nîmes and Design at the 'Ecole des Arts Décoratifs' in Strasbourg.
In Germany Jessie meets a group of artists who offer to share their workshop/studio with her. She starts creating and painting once more, holding installations and exhibitions, as well as working with other resident artists in urban 'Land Art'.
2007 – Jessie returns to Gabian in France with her own family.
« My return to the south of France was a family choice, my husband and I wanted to give our children the freedom we enjoyed as children - living in a small community. It is a 'luxury' and (certain) 'sacrifices' are valued every day. A large part of our family live in the 4 corners of Europe so in order to keep in touch with our loved ones, we live a multicultural life. But every sweet smell in the springtime, the thyme, every beautiful oak tree, reminds us of our own childhood, of racing bare foot through the scrublands and vineyards or even the cool streets in summer evenings. True feelings of childhood happiness, living without borders under an immense blue sky. »
2011 - Jessie encounters the ‘Maison Sans Fiche’ who offer her a studio. She immerses herself in creativity; she paints and experiments with different art forms, photography and specialises in studies of nude models.
« Studying life drawing and painting has been the foundation of my work. To understand the art of 'painting' with a live model, the fragile reality of breathing, in the line, the light, giving body to a mass on canvas, making one with your hand, when the painting takes over ...! I like to explore other forms of expression such as performance/art action, land art and installations which complete the different forms of my work and, human questioning about our reality and geopolitics. The message and how to show it. ART is the mirror of our thoughts and our actions ».
2014 - La Maison Sans Fiche becomes CRIDAR and Jessie becomes its art coordinator, backed by the new owners. CRIDAR organises exhibitions, individual and collective, shared studio, animated evenings, shows and concerts, 'bringing all sides of art into a rural place and to a general public.'
Since last year Jessie has carried out workshops and given classes to children, adolescents and adults. She also works as a visiting artist in colleges.
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Life and work. Angela Nicholas Bonsergent, painter – known as Nicky.
1938 - Born in London.
Diploma of Saint Martin’s School of Art.
Nicky spent the first half of her life in London schools teaching children and adolescents from different cultures. She was on the board of the London board of teachers. Nicky says that ‘sub-consciousness of origin’ occurs naturally in children and in subsequent generations one can see the influences in colours, shapes and lines. “Despite the intensity of teaching, it is such an enriching experience” says Nicky. « When I teach, it goes both ways and brings so much to my own work and still does today ».
1983 - Nicky leave London with her family and settles in Gabian in the Hérault. She spends her time painting and as David Hockney said, « It is not the subject that counts, it is the way you paint it ».
She covers all kinds of formats and techniques, from huge murals to miniature hyper- realism. She paints the 'HERE' - landscapes, markets, foods, stones, her pets, her everyday life and what surrounds her.
Nicky still teaches various adult groups, and has had several exhibitions over the years, recently at CRIDAR in January 2014.
In this exhibition she shows us her latest series of paintings, in a 'comfortable' format, of daily walks with her dog, continually exploring the fundamentals; contrasts, colour, light and dark, composition, balance, movement - « a never ending love story between painting and where we live ».
I had no formal art education at school, but always enjoyed drawing and doodling caricatures and sketching rough portraits of my family in pencil.
2004 - I started to attend art classes, run by my good friend Angela Nicolas, in Peret and in Campagnan and later I had individual classes with her at her home.
We concentrated on all kinds of drawing and painting using many different mediums. When we were asked to draw something from memory I decided to recreate my memories of the Rag yards and selling old clothes in Camden lock during the late 70’s .
I found I liked this style of pen and watercolour and continued with a series of my vegetable and flower gardens. I love pen-drawings of nature.
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