From brushes to pal­ette knives

The Glengarry News - - News -

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.

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