Fabienne Jenny Jacquet was born in France and now resides in London after studying at Central St Martins College of Art and Design. Influenced by artists such as Lucian Freud, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Francis Bacon, Fabienne produces artwork that is deliberate in its naivity and emotive on an instinctive level. Her work often features references to popular culture or personal experiences and memories. There’s a loose spontaneity within her work that is full of character. Thank you Fabienne for sharing your artwork and inspirations with us!
Self-taught or art school?
I went to Central St Martins in London and did a fine art degree there on a part-time basis. It wasn’t quite the right fit though as they were all about concepts and artist statements and I was drawing cartoons with a bunch of freaks in them.
If you could own one work of art what would it be?
It would have to be Van Gogh’s “Wheatfield with Crows”. It is supposed to be one of his last paintings. Beautiful, scary and moving. I remember seeing it for the first time and thinking that he had depicted the sky and the wheatfield like angry seas. It reminds me of a moment suspended in time before the storm breaks and you finally go mad or something. Either that or maybe it is just masochism from my part as I am allergic to wheat.
How would you describe your style?
Spontaneous; angry; layered; irreverent; dark; known to sometimes use her fingers to paint when running out of clean brushes.
Where are your favourite places to view art?
There are so many great places to see art in London but my favourites go from large galleries like Tate Modern, White Cube and the Saatchi Gallery to smaller, independent spaces like Transition Gallery, The Residence, Studio 1.1, Riflemaker and Charlie Smith. I am not a fan of places like the Royal Academy or of big arts fair like Frieze. I find them over-crowded, over-priced and too far up their own backside.
Who are your favourite artists and why?
Painters like Freud and Bacon because there is something very physical and raw about their use of paint and because they made ugliness somewhat beautiful and interesting. I tend to like artists with a bit of character and they also had fascinating lives. I like Basquiat for the playful freedom he expressed in his work and Marlene Dumas because her work is sensual and sexy but in a very mysterious kind of way. And again Van Gogh. Then people like Banksy and Condo for their sense of humour.
What or who inspires your art?
Events and people in my life, especially the bad ones. Films, music, books and what’s in the news, especially the things that make me angry.
Where’s your studio and what’s it like?
At the moment my studio is my living room, which is silly because I am fast running out of space and I now have a multi-coloured carpet full of paint stains. Renting a studio is a tricky one for me, as I tend to be a loner by nature so sharing a space is not the best option. I also like to have access to my kitchen and CD collection when I work and in London I can’t really afford a studio space big enough to fit all that stuff in.
Do you have any studio rituals?
I tend to listen to music to get in the mood. I also spend a lot of time trying to keep my cat from shedding her hair all over my wet canvases.
What are you working on currently?
More paintings. More of everything. I also find that after spending a few months working with oil on paper I am now returning to canvas.
Where can we buy your art?
Either through my website www.artoutlaws.co.uk or through Saatchi Art at http://www.saatchiart.com/fabiennejacquet
What are your ambitions?
To have a solo show. To always continue to develop my work and to make a living out of art. To try to be a bit more comfortable with interviews and photographs. But above all to enjoy it all.
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