S W A Y®                          J E A N N E.  R I C K E T T S

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"The fact that artists are now minted by universities (and degree-granting art schools modeled on the university) may have done wonders for their social standing, but it’s also been a source of worry to many critics and artists, who think something of great value might be lost by the proffessionalization of the artist." - 



Barry Schwabsky on HYPERALLERGIC

 
 
 





HOLISTIC SCENOGRAPHIC MURALS  &  ARCHITECTURAL  METAMORPHOSIS 




ART COLLECTORS HAVE COMMONLY FOUND IN HER WORKS A REMINISCENCE IN STYE, WITH THE PAINTINGS OF HOKUSAI, FOR OFTEN BEING REFERRED TO HIS WAVES - WITH THE LINES OF ZAHA HADID FOR BOTH BEEING DRIVEN BY THE SHAPES OF DUNES, REMINISCENT OF SWAY'S LARGE SCALE OCEAN'SKIES - WITH ROBERTO MATTA FOR HER «SOULSCAPES» VERSUS HIS «INSCAPES» - AND AT LAST, WITH FRIDA KAHLO FOR A SIMILAR DESTINY, AND PROCESSES OF HOLISTIC VISUALISATION.



SWAY® emerging from the British artist Jeanne Ricketts, born in Paris in the 70s from a transcultural lineage of interdisciplinary artists. One of SWAY's great Grandfathers, Frederick-William II, known as musician and patron of the Arts, commissioned the Brandenburg Gate as a symbol of peace. - 


SWAY® was awarded in Paris for "Arts and World Culture" at UNESCO in September 2015 via her premonitory holistic portraits on the Arab Spring and speech on "genocide, art and peace" at the occasion of the centenary of the Armenian genocide. - The following year SWAY presented a holistic family portrait entitled “our eldest brother Iraq & sister Syria” at United Nations in Geneva. 


From 1998 SWAY® mingled with RAZZIA, the official LVMH poster artist, and painted privately on a regular basis at "Castel Caramel" in the south of france with surrealist ERNST FUCHS who used to collaborate with DALI and HUNDERTWASSER.


in the year 2000 SWAY® was commissioned by the French government to create her first chapel mural built in 1646 in La doire de séranon, entitled, "Heavenly kingdom, earthly kingdom" a 5x7,70m fresco painted in multiple layers of shades of colors, revealing the illusion of an earthly heaven, which took her six months of hermitage to complete. - 


This chapel then triggered the next commissioned chapel work in 2002, "Venite ad Me" a 3x5m mixed media mural for Monaco's Carmelite chapel .


Ever since, she regularly 'swayed' from her various ephemeral art studios, to her uncle's estate in Germany, who invited her with his wife to paint in one of their towers in Jettingen’s Castle, birth place and home of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg. - anchoring SWAY’s call in painting salvational and conscious awakening themes. 


SWAY® performs live for sustainable and social justice causes with various patrons. She works on commission worldwide. 


After spending the majority of her youth painting figurative to now more abstract expressionist works, she explores, expresses and experiences the power of soul. Her almost aboriginal opaque paintings and holistic street-art, to short films, poetry, diluted inks painted over depleted photographs and drawings in her large scale mixed media works have set into motion her ethereal murals in various European villas, chapels and castles, and it's volume scaffolds what is yet to come  .- 





E D U C A T I O N 


SWAY graduated in arts & fashion In 1994 from the hkw school in baden-wurttemberg, germany. in the same year she traveled between the cote d'azur and rhodos to collaborate with architects and artists, as well as studying byzantine iconography under eva vlavianos, which marks her main influence in her style today. 


Graduating in '97 with awards from the Institut Guégan (Brittany, F) in decorative arts, murals and scenography, collectors recognise SWAY’s striking trademark in her series of ‘soulscapes’ and abstract- figurative works, with a reminiscent blend of Matta & Hokusai . 



From 1998 SWAY mingled with RAZZIA, the official LVMH poster artist, and painted privately on a regular basis at "Castel Caramel" in the south of france with surrealist ERNST FUCHS who often collaborated with DALI and HUNDERTWASSER.





SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2017 - 2019 

represented artist of ESPRONCEDA

center for Art & culture, Barcelona



Fall 2010 

Last Show prior closure at AMINIART, Monte Carlo,  with Arman, Louis Cane, Nicole Cane, César, Hans Hartung, Yves Klein, Gilles Miquelis, Jeanne Ricketts, Mimmo Rotella, Andy Warhol.



Spring 2010 

ART-AFFAIR Carlton Intercontinental Art fair, Cannes,



Summer 2009 

S.O.S (Save Our Souls) - acquired sculpture by Prince Albert II during Sotheby's auction in Monaco. 



Spring 2007 

U.M.A.M. Biennale de l'Union Méditerranéenne pour l'Art Moderne, hosted by Gallerie Ferrero, Nice, F



Winter 2004 

ACID - group exhibition on the theme of the Lemon, curated by Hugues de la Touche, Musée Carnoles, Menton, F 




S O L O   P R O J E C T S 


September 3rd 2019 

Live Art show on Geneva's ile Rousseau opposite the Four Season's hotel hosted by Monada.ch



January 2013 - now 

TRAPPED IN FREEDOM is an auto-portrayal 13 min short-film on what drives a transcultural pilgrim artist, reflecting relevant truths about the universal puzzle of our unity. Written, performed and produced from the 12.12.12. till now, with all paintings by Jeanne Ricketts. Filmed and Edited in Paris by Franz Fox Kennedy (FFK). in June 2015 it was reedited and filmed by Thierry Chabaud whilst reprojected onto her 1st Chapel mural in La Doire. Music by courtesy of FFK and John Wentz. Reviewed by Claude Grunitzky.



2013 - 2019 

Founding of Jeanne Ricketts' SWAY®, serving as an entrepreneurial Brand to safeguard luxurious and sustainable art projects and collaborations. 



April 2016 

Trapped in Freedom II 

filmed at rommy Schneider's villa Solitude 

by Franz Fox Kennedy

Plage Mala, Cap D’ail



Dec 19th - Jan 19th 2016

SEASOUL / OCEAN'S CALLIGRAPHY

Mektub is Written in the Sea (Seasoul-series) 

*$TREETARTING* in Monte Carlo, Park Palace Galleries Composed of two series of 2.44 x 4,80 meters. Acrylics on 8 wooden billboards extracted of the former 85 linear meters original wave, painted over 3 nights in July 2014.



Winter 2012-2015 

ARTPILGRIMS Jeanne Ricketts' art movement initiative filmed, edited, co-written and produced with the help of the Artpilgrims.



Sept-Nov. 2014 

THE RENEWAL HEDGE - a 12m STREET ART Billboard on the Rock of Monaco. "VEG'ANIMAL-HUMA'ELEMENTS. 4 Natures United 4 Life."



July 2014 

SEASOUL - a 2,5x30m STREET ART billboard on the harbour of Monaco painted over night.



Spring 2003-2012 

SURRENDER - egg tempera triptych having served for a 300m2 chapel project.



Winter 2011 

ADAMO ED EVA - Privately commissioned project



Winter 2009 

AND THIS IS IRAQ - Privately commissioned project



Spring 2010 

GREENERGY series on wind power & electric pillars, privately commissioned project. First Energy Bank Collection, Bahrain



Nov 4th 2008 

MAHATMA (great soul) - representing a sketch of GANDHI, LUTHER KING, MANDELA & OBAMA , STARS'N'BARS (MC) during the US Elections



Easter 2008 

VIA CARDIA a 120 x 160 modern Icon of the Via Crucis, Byzantine technique, inaugurated by the Mayor of Seranon, Chapel of La Doire 

de Seranon, F



Fall 2007 

MONACO STAMP DESIGN - celebrating the Centenary of Cap D'ail, F



Summer 2005 

MILOS - painted photograph project / volcanic island, Milos, Greece



2003 - 2008 

SOUL BATTLE - Chapel project for a 300m2 ceiling (details on request)



Spring 2002 

VENITE AD ME - a mural of 5 x 2,8 m created for the entrance of the Carmelite Chapel of Monaco inaugurated by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Mgr. Barsi together with the inauguration of late Folon's ceramic wall piece.



Spring 2001 

DESERT SPIRIT - painted photograph series project / 

Petra, Jordan



1999 - 2000 

HEAVENLY / EARTHLY KINGDOM - Chapel of La Doire de séranon (F), built in 1646 A six months long hermit experience for a 7 x 6 m wide mural . France



Summer 1999 

VIDA CUBANA - painted photograph project / Havana, Cuba



Winter 1999 

SHY GLAM - a 5 meter long mural in the tower staircase of Schloss Bueckeburg, Germany



1994 - 1999 

Various private mural commissions in villas and castles across Europe




 

B i e n n a l e s


U.M.A.M.

Biennale de l'Union Méditerranéenne pour l'Art Moderne, hosted by Gallerie Ferrero, Nice, F

Spring 2007





I N S T I T U T I O N S 


UPCOMING

LUXEMBOURG ART PRIZE 2020

PINACOTHÈQUE MUSEUm, LUX

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Musée Palais CarnolèsMenton, F

Winter 2004



United Nations, Geneva, CH

LIVE PERFORMANCE  

OUR ELDEST BROTHER IRAQ AND SISTER SYRIA

SEPT 2016







A  W  A  R  D  S


UNESCO

September 2015  

Awarded Winner of the

International Competition of "Arts

and World culture" for development

of the author's innovation method

of the Art Therapy Program via the International University of

Fundamental Studies

(Moscow, Russia)



INSTITUT GUÉGAN
May 1997 
Graduated with awards
in Decorative Arts & Murals







SELECTED SOLO SHOWS



JANUARY - open end 2017

"DREAM MACHINE"

private view at former Romy Schneider's 

Villa Solitude Mala Beach, Cap D'ail, France



April 16th 2016

"EMBRACING THE UNKNOWN" 

- Private View at "Villa Solitude"

FORMER ROMY SCHNEIDER'S VILLA

Mala Beach, Cap D’ail, France




April 14th - July 30th 2015

MAGESTIC CHAOS,

 retrospective of 45 pieces at the Château de Taulane with a reprojection of her short

film « Trapped in Freedom » onto her mural

in the Chapel of la Doire de Séranon

France




May 2014

ANTIBES ART FAIR, 

exhibited by Galerie Montaigne




Summer 2012

THE jR EXPERIENCE

Live performance

in a private gallery in Berlin




Summer 2011

SOUL SHAPES

Retrospective '01 - '11

On Port Hercules,

Monaco




Fall 2008

MERGING SOULS

First series

Galerie Aminiart,

Monte Carlo




Summer 2007

E-MOTIONS

Chapel Sancta Maria di Oliva,

Beaulieu




May 2005

BOSPORUS

- east / west

Recent works exhibited

by Galerie Aminiart,

Monaco