From brushes to palette knives
Local businesses are being invited to “art” their walls with works from the Collectif d’artistes de Glengarry Artists’ Collective ArtBank.
The works can be viewed on the cagacartbank.ca site.
In the coming weeks, The News will profile ArtBank artists based on information submitted by the collective.
This week, we introduce Jeanne Bougie-Desjardins.
Jeanne Bougie-Desjardins, or JANO as she signs her work, is now living on a quiet lake in North Glengarry not far from where she was born.
She has been painting for over 40 years and full-time for the last 20 years since retiring from a first career.
In that time, her deep interest in this art form has led her to visit many of the great galleries in Europe and Canada and some in the US to develop a good sense of the evolution of art, specifically during the modern and post modern periods.
She also had the opportunity to study with wonderful artists such as Deborah Czernecky, SCA, Marissa Sweets, SCA, both award winning Elected Members of the Society of Canadian Artists and more recently with drawing master Brian Smith.
Over the past two decades, her work has transitioned from attempting to reproduce the visible to expressing an idea, and from using the paintbrush to spreading acrylic paint on canvas with palette knives. Colours and shapes now dominate the frames, although some works may still trace their inspiration back to some distant reality.
This year, endeavours started from a continuation of a tree series but the eye soon moved towards where sky meets earth. The resulting works were inspired by the northern lights, but with a geometric twist to the landscape. Then, in a more social-political perspective, the female viewer moved into the frame. The series places women in the utopic world of a gender-free working environment. For JANO, painting remains an emotional diary, either buried in, or emerging from a cluster of colours, bold strokes and textures that can be seen on every canvas.
Her work has been displayed in over 15 exhibitions in the past three years with three shows planned for later this year. Many individual pieces of her art are in private collections in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.
AVAILABLE: Works by the artist known as JANO can be borrowed through the ArtBank.