Bio / CV

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Jane Barthès’ world is big and wild and full of unknowns. But, therein lies the beauty. Barthès’ art grapples with the concept of relationships between all things; the ebb and flow between matter and energy, the clash between chaos and order, and the human struggle to find clarity and create 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 in its infinity.

Barthès was born in Nigeria to a fiery and passionate Catalan, French father and a reserved English mother; this inherited duality has strongly impacted her work as an artist from the start. “I am a survivor,” Barthès says. “I have turned my world upside down many times”. Those conscious acts of self-implosion may have at one time seemed random, but have become reflective of her artistic point of view. “My desire to demystify what is scary and unfamiliar and make it a part of my personal evolution has clearly informed my work.”

Barthès has lived many lives around the globe, trekking across the African continent as well as China and other developing countries before attending Wimbledon School of Art, University of London. Following graduation in 1994, 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 theatre.

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. Barthès then moved to Chicago in 2009, a place she now calls home and where she is currently working in her studio full time. Inspired by the lyrical beauty of the urban origami that surrounds her she has created a metaphor through which she is exploring what she sees as the growing fragility of democracy’s cultural and political systems.

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

EXHIBITIONS

2021
Joint Shows
Two Person Show with Mokha Laget
South Shore Arts, Munster IN, February to April
(Details TBA).

2020
Joint Shows
“In Dialogue”, Governors State University Art Gallery, Chicago, IL; Feb – March, 2020.
“BUILD a Sculpture Show” (Dedicated to Mary-Ellen Croteau), Oliva Gallery Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; March – April.
“Hello World”, TransCultural Exchange.
“B-LINE Project”, Chicago, IL, Unique Large Scale Mural in the West Loop to commemorate Oprah’s Studio and Career;  August – September.
“New Horizons”, Contemporary Curator Art Magazine; August – December

2019
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 – October.
11th Annual Geometric Gala, The Museum of Geometric and Madi Art, Dallas, Texas; October.
“SOFA Chicago”, Represented by Women Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; October – November.

2018
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.

2017
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.

2016
Group Shows
“Dynamic”, Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA.
Art Fairs
Boca Contemporary Art Fair, Boca Raton, FL.

2015
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.