Bio / CV


Jane Barthès was born in Nigeria to a fiery and passionate Catalan, French father and a reserved English mother. This inherited duality and unlikely birthplace have probably impacted her work from the start as she grapples with the concept of duality; the ebb and flow between matter and energy, the clash between chaos and order and the struggle to find clarity and harmony in a world filled with uncertainty. Moreover, Barthès has always been fascinated by the concept of space, carving into it and taming it to find order.

Barthès has traveled and lived many lives around the globe. After graduating in 1994 from Wimbledon School of Art at the University of London, she left the UK to spend a decade living and working in the South of France where she established herself as an abstract artist in London and France while also teaching life drawing and designing sets for the theater.

In 2005, curiosity and a desire for change lead her to travel to New Mexico, US, where the extremes of the desert inspired her work for a few years before the recession set in. Barthès then moved to Chicago in 2009 where she is currently in her studio full time, working on her exploration of what she calls her “molecules” of energy now deeply informed and inspired by the architectural beauty of the city she now calls home.

BA with Honors in Painting from the London Wimbledon Art School, UK 1994


Joint Shows
“In Dialogue”, Governors State University Art Gallery, Chicago, IL;February 1st – March 9, 2020
“BUILD a Sculpture Show” (Dedicated to Mary-Ellen Croteau), Oliva Gallery Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; March 6 – April 5
Two Person Show with Liz Mares — South Shore Arts, Munster, Indiana; November 2020 – February 2021 (Details TBA)

Solo Shows
“An Alternative Molecular Universe”, Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois; December 2018 – February 2019
“Molecules of Architecture”, 737 Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL(Nieman Marcus Building); June – September.

Joint Shows
Gallery Studio Oh!, Chicago IL; 2-person show; May-June
“LandWorks”, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, Long Beach, New Jersey; June-July
“Show Your Paper”, Women Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; September 20 – October 12
11th Annual Geometric Gala, The Museum of Geometric and Madi Art, Dallas, Texas; October 18
“SOFA Chicago”, Represented by Women Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; October 31 – November 3.

Solo Shows
“GRIDZ”, Pop-up show, Chicago, Illinois
“An Alternative Molecular Universe”, Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois; December 2018 – February 2019
Group Shows
“Stripes”, bgGallery, Los Angeles, CA

Solo Shows
Kit and Ace Designs INC., Chicago, Illinois
Group Shows
Bridgeport Art Center – 5th Annual Art Competition, Chicago, Illinois
2 person show – “Patterned Universes”, Hinsdale, Illinois
2 person show – Mindfulness Center, Chicago, Illinois
“Unpresidented” – Hubbard Street Studios, Chicago, Illinois
South Shore Arts – Juried Annual Art Exhibition, Munster, IN — Prize Winner

Group Shows
“Dynamic”, Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
Art Fairs
Boca Contemporary Art Fair, Boca Raton, FL

Solo Shows
“Molecules of Drawing”, Echt Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2005 – 2009
Solo Shows
2005 – Tadu, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007 – Gallery Sklo, Atlanta, Georgia
2007 – Jalu Gallery, Sayulita, Mexico
Group Shows
2006 – Tadu, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007 – Tadu, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2008 – Salon Mar Graff, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Europe 1994 – 2004
Solo Shows
Le Variétés, Sommières, France
L’Entrepôt, Uzès, France
Cork Street Gallery, Cork Street, London
Group Shows
The Harrodian, London
Red Box Association, Provence, France

Work held in private collections
UK – London, Wimbourne and the Bundes Bank
France – Paris, Nîmes, Montpellier
Germany – Landau
USA – Scottsdale, AZ; Denver, CO; Atlanta, GA; Santa Fe, NM; NYC, New York; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, Illinois