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Montrouge (92), France
Born in Paris in 1964, Hélène Jacqz grew up in Fontenay-aux-Roses and moved to Paris in 1982. She joined the Beaux-Arts de Paris in 1986, drawing a lot from nature and at the Louvre, admires the Nabis. She graduated from the Beaux-Arts in 1991, then received two scholarships (Fulbright and Lavoisier) in 1991 and 1992 to study at the Parsons School of Art in New York. Back in France in 1996, she worked in her workshop in Montrouge.
"In 2008, by deepening a creative process linked to improvisation (unlike what I had studied and explored in my school years, but in the continuity of my work since the late 1990s), I was gradually and empirically led to turn to fulgurance, as a mode of creation, by placing more and more trust in my intuition and in what my body dictated to me: instinctive gestures just like those of a shamanic dance. In order to prolong my limbs and free myself from my physical limitations by giving myself an inner reality, I have built various tools, long brushes, triple rollers in order to multiply the possibilities of turning easily with the brushes and to restore the fantasy of my impulses.
Since then, without my knowledge, the space in my paintings has completely changed, it has become open. My paintings then continue their story well beyond the narrow edges of the frame and restore in a whirlwind, a small piece of universe (cosmic, inner, molecular???) which then invites the eyes to open up to infinity.
I now conceive the space of the painting as the result of a concentration of energy in a given moment, the only way for me to be in contact with the deepest aspect of my personality and to keep the freshness of the first impulse. It's a state of trance. Actually, I'm very whole. I want to put everything in an instant: the rhythm, the light, the color and especially my heart, as if in a prayer! At the right time, as for an orchestra, all the elements must contribute to the final result. Hesitation, doubt or the absence of a colour or a tool can be fatal to painting! technically, it's quite risky... and when it's successful, I know it almost immediately.
The transition to painting on very large formats is always a very intense moment and totally exceeds me. This moment, once the canvas is finished, no longer belongs to me. It is offered to others. I believe in the power of art to awaken the desire to live and renew the times. My paintings are the expression of these convictions."
1993: Master of Fine Art, Parsons School of Art, New York
1991: Diploma from the Ecole Nationale Sup. des Beaux-Arts de Paris
2018: Insula Gallery, Paris / Galerie de l'Essor, Vallée de Joux, Switzerland / Mondapart Gallery, Boulogne Billancourt
2017: Dancing Soul, the SEL, Sèvres
2016: Insula Gallery, Paris
2015: Domaine Tinel-Blondelet, FIAAC Pouilly
2014: "Ames en Résonnances", Takamatsu, Japan Guoyi Art Museum - National Gallery of Fine Arts of Beijing
2013: Orangery of the Senate, Luxembourg Garden, Paris / Espace Icare, Issy les Moulineaux, Hauts de Seine / Auberge du Frankenbourg, Strasbourg
2012: Gallery Le Garage, Nantes / Travelling exhibition in Italy, Milan - Lecce - Venice
2010: Parsons Shool of Art, Paris / Galerie Alexandre Cadain, Paris / Centre d'arts plastiques Albert Chanot, Clamart, Hauts de Seine
2009: Pierrick Touchefeu Gallery, Seals, Hauts de Seine
2008: Maison des arts de Châtillon, Hauts de Seine / Médiathèque de Fontenay-aux roses, Hauts de Seine
2007: Espace Jacques Prévert, Mers-les-bains, Somme 40° sur la Banquise, Montrouge, Hauts de Seine
2005: MAC 2005, Paris / Parsons School Paris, Paris Home Art, Ivry
2004: Les Cimaises, Orly Ouest Airport, France / Espace Citroën, Citroën Headquarters, St Ouen / Manoir de Villers, "Travaux sur papier", Saint Pierre de Manneville
2002: Château d'Autonne, Normandy, France
2000: Maison des Arts, Charenton, France
1998: ART FORUM 1998, Montreux ( 24-27 Sept.), Switzerland / Les Cimaises, Aéroport d'Orly, France
1997: Maison des Arts, Charenton, France / Galerie Jaja, Paris, France
1996: MANIF 96, Seoul, Korea