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 Scottish artist Jeanne Ricketts is born in Paris in the 70s into a lineage of artists, poets (Rudyard Kipling), movie-makers (Florian Henckel von Donnersmark), martyrs (Maria Stuart) and musicians. Her grandmother was a soloist of Aberdeen’s Orchestral Society, and one of her 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 for "Arts and World Culture" at UNESCO in September 2015 via her illustrations 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.
Besides painting abstract expressionist soul portraits, SWAY is driven by locutions which often unfold as symbolic portraits of situations, countries and current affairs, as well as how we relate to another from holistic perspectives. -
In ’94 she graduated in arts & fashion from the hkw school in baden-wurttemberg, germany. in the same year she traveled between monaco 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, one recognises SWAY’s striking trademark in her series of ‘soulscapes’ and abstract- figurative works. From 1998 to 2001 SWAY mingled with RAZZIA, the ofﬁcial LVMH poster artist, and painted privately on a regular basis at "Castel Caramel" with surrealist ERNST FUCHS who often collaborated with DALI and HUNDERTWASSER.
Between 2002 and 2012, SWAY regularly swinged from her Monaco studio to her secret tower in Jettingen’s Castle, birth place and home of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, which anchored SWAY’s call in painting salvational themes.
Her slogan that «everything feels everything», holistically sharpened her art-purpose, serving a missing puzzle beyond the conventional art scene.
Swaying from her almost aboriginal opaque paintings and holistic street-art to short ﬁlms, poetry, diluted inks painted over depleted photographs and drawings, which she sets into motion via backlight cuttings, to SWAY’s ethereal murals in various chapels and castles, scaffolds what is yet to come : creativity as a swaying experience towards the next leap in cultural evolution.-
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
June 2014 & 2016
Forum of Monaco’s Artists,
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
2013 - 2017
SWAY - Work in process - new brand
Lucifer's Confession Trapped in Freedom II filmed à la villa Solitude by Tatia of Hotel Normandy, Plage Mala, Cap D’ail
Dec 19th - Jan 19th
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.
January 2014 - 2015
TRAPPED IN FREEDOM is an auto-portrayal 13 min short-film on what drives an artist on Monaco ground, 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.
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 5 x 2,8 m mural inaugurated by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Mgr. Barsi & Folon's ceramic wall, Carmelite Chapel, Monaco
DESERT SPIRIT - painted photograph project / Petra, Jordan
1999 - 2000
HEAVENLY / EARTHLY KINGDOM - Chapel of La Doire (F), built in 1646 A six months long hermit experience for a 7 x 6 m wide mural
creation inaugurated by the Mayor of Seranon & the Archbishop of Monaco
VIDA CUBANA - painted photograph project / Havana, Cuba
SHY GLAM - mural in the tower staircase of Schloss Bueckeburg, Germany
1994 - 1999
Various private mural commissions in villas and castles across Europe
"Out of a deep urge, observing the general world's decline and abuse of art itself, it became obvious for me since autumn 2012 to put thoughts into action, encouraged by my friends satish kumar, earth pilgrim and disciple of mahatma gandhi, as well as claude grunitzky, a transcultural think-tank .
ever since, we initiated a small cross-continental interdisciplinary art movement called ‘artpilgrims', - which for experimental reasons was kept amongst ourselves.
the core of its essence is now flowing into SWAY®, the next leap in cultural evolution, which scope will be revealed in September 2019
as i create, it feel as if i'm communicating in the oldest universal language, making me time-travel whilst touching zones I could never physically reach. whatever drives me occasionally ends up in my short film "trapped in freedom", my autobiography, life-puzzle and teacher.. relentlessly seeking wholeness via my series on "fusions" and holistic portraits of countries, my semi-abstract works are visual analogies of the soul's inscapes, which may be perceived as the actual body of anything alive in a world of transient things. "
- jr / SWAY®
"It's only once we realize
the world has become a prison
with invisible walls
of distractions & revelations,
that we're allowing ourselves
to find ways to escape and free
one another, just for the sake
of being paradise birds.."
"The eye of the soul
catches sequences of
the present in eternity."
"In trance's trace, art translates
the broad spectrum of reality
into a mixed media language of
serendipity, tragedy and poetry."
with my paintbrush,
tapped in mixed media,
I tend to occasionally
end up in short films -
"Trapped in Freedom"
JANUARY - open end 2017
private show at Beverly Palace,
April 16th 2016
"EMBRACING THE UNKNOWN"
-Private View at "Villa Solitude",
FORMER ROMY SCHNEIDER'S VILLA
Mala Beach, Cap D’ail
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
Live performance in a private gallery,
Retrospective '01 - '11
On Port Hercules,
Chapel Sancta Maria di Oliva,
- east / west
Recent works exhibited
by Galerie Aminiart,
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