"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
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.
ART-AFFAIR Carlton Intercontinental Art fair, Cannes, F
S.O.S (Save Our Souls) - acquired sculpture by Prince Albert II during Sotheby's auction in Monaco.
U.M.A.M. Biennale de l'Union Méditerranéenne pour l'Art Moderne, hosted by Gallerie Ferrero, Nice, F
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.
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.
ARTPILGRIMS Jeanne Ricketts' art movement initiative filmed, edited, co-written and produced with the help of the Artpilgrims.
THE RENEWAL HEDGE - a 12m STREET ART Billboard on the Rock of Monaco. "VEG'ANIMAL-HUMA'ELEMENTS. 4 Natures United 4 Life."
SEASOUL - a 2,5x30m STREET ART billboard on the harbour of Monaco painted over night.
SURRENDER - egg tempera triptych having served for a 300m2 chapel project.
ADAMO ED EVA - Privately commissioned project
AND THIS IS IRAQ - Privately commissioned project
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
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
MONACO STAMP DESIGN - celebrating the Centenary of Cap D'ail, F
MILOS - painted photograph project / volcanic island, Milos, Greece
2003 - 2008
SOUL BATTLE - Chapel project for a 300m2 ceiling (details on request)
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.
DESERT SPIRIT - painted photograph series project /
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
VIDA CUBANA - painted photograph project / Havana, Cuba
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
Biennale de l'Union Méditerranéenne pour l'Art Moderne, hosted by Gallerie Ferrero, Nice, F
I N S T I T U T I O N S
LUXEMBOURG ART PRIZE 2020
PINACOTHÈQUE MUSEUm, LUX
Musée Palais Carnolès, Menton, F
United Nations, Geneva, CH
OUR ELDEST BROTHER IRAQ AND SISTER SYRIA
A W A R D S
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
JANUARY - open end 2017
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
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
ANTIBES ART FAIR,
exhibited by Galerie Montaigne
THE jR EXPERIENCE
in a private gallery in Berlin
Retrospective '01 - '11
On Port Hercules,
Chapel Sancta Maria di Oliva,
- east / west
Recent works exhibited
by Galerie Aminiart,