Plants and garden mythologies are Jane Le Besque’s primary subjects she uses to create a universe of paintings, installations, recipes and books. She is an “Artiste de lumière”, a label she welcomes to describe her recent creations of mystical paper hengesdedicated to the process of photosynthesis/Mother Nature. Her henges are fragile yet can co-exist with the elements; someone commented “I felt inside and outside everywhere around”.
Jane was born in Canterbury, England, in 1965 and studied art at Hastings, Birmingham and Paris. She currently lives in Ain, France near Geneva, Switzerland. Her work can be seen in public and private collections internationally. Recent exhibitions include Le CAIRN, Jardin Botanique Alpin, Meyrin, Switzerland; National Opera House of Lyon, France invited for the Festival “Les jardins mystérieux”.
Her work is collected and encouraged by Foundation Valmont, who have exhibited her work at the Historical Archive Museum of Hydra, Greece and the Palazzo Tiepolo Passi, an official collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale. Future shows with Foundation Valmont include “Les Affinités Electives” at Musée Château de Nyon, Switzerland, where she will show her paintings; her glass sculptures, editions Berengo Studios, Murano and her ceramic plates she made at the Foundation Tallers Josep Llorens Artigas, Spain.
Jane Le Besque has created artist books with the poets Joël Bastard, Jean Maison and Rachel Nisbet. Rachel and Jane will exhibit “Transposing Generations” at “In the Open, ASLE-UKI* 2017”, Sheffield University,
Recently she illustrated “Manger pour la vie, une cuisine africaine”, editions Jane Le Besque, an idea of the co-authors Dr Florence Brunel and Dame Albertine Pabingui-Gondje as a fund raising initiative for the association Da Ti Séni.
Jane Le Besque recipes were published in Resurgence & Ecologist magazine.
*ASLE-UKI: The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK and Ireland).