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Dans sa peinture, Jane Courquin invite a une balade champetre, fleurie et tout en douceur et lumiere. Sa carte de visite artistique est bardee de diplomes et de ctitiques elogieuses outre-manche et en France. Courquin et son conjoint Nichollas Hamper, tout deux peintres professionnels britanniques, se sont installes a Verteuil-sur-Charente en 2005. Ils ont achete trois granges en ruine, au Coeur du village. Ils les ont patiemment transformees en une tres belle maison mais aussi en ateliers spacieux, ou ils vivent et travaillent.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Les Fresques ~ Verteuil-sur-Charente


 >La Fleuriste Des Artistes<

Today, in conjuction with the 2016 Summer Solstice, the second fresque  >La Fleuriste Des Artistes< was completed. It is a celebration of bouquets and flora in European Art and makes reference to some of my favourite Artists who have been inspirational to my own practice.


It follows shortly after the first fresque that was inspired by the Chasse A La Licorne Tapestries once in the Verteuil Chateau and now in the Cloisters of the New York MET which was completed at the end of May 2016.




Thursday, 28 April 2016

Trois Murailles A Verteuil-sur-Charente

 Le cerisier est l'arbre de la joie et du contentement humain. Il apparait dans les tapisseries > La Chasse A La Licorne< lesquels jusqu'aux Annees Vingts se trouvaient au Chateau de Verteuil-sur-Charente.
C'est avec l'idEe de restaurer l'histoire des tapisseries perdus que je me mets a la tache de peindre la premiere muraille a Verteuil-sur-Charente.
 Les tapisseries se trouvent maintenant dans le MET a New York. On peut acceder au site internet du MET pour les etudier en detail.




Wednesday, 20 January 2016

The Spring Murals~ La Chasse A La Licorne

Work has begun on the sketches for the first mural. I have been  researching the fresques of antiquity, medieval tapestries and early renaissance painting and some of my favourite twentieth century painters who continually inspire my output.


Sketch ~La Chasse A La Licorne dans La Foret de la Tremblay








 The >Chasse A La Licorne< Tapestries, housed until 1922 here in the Verteuil Chateau, will be the inspiration for one of the three Spring Murals. The Tapestries were created between 1485~ 1505. In 1922 the La Rochefoucauld family sold them to the American oil magnate Rockefeller for an alleged 10 million dollars. Their incorporation in to one of my murals will go part way to bringing them back home to Verteuil~sur~Charente. This time La Chasse A La Licorne will be painted for the whole population of the village to enjoy rather than to be hidden away unseen by the many until sold by a few.





I am drawn to the image of the painter as something magical painting the joys and pains of the whole of humanity as in Frida Kahlo's self portrait as a wounded stag. A magical creature hunted for its gifts, the unicorn was believed to heal illness and purify water poisoned by serpents to make it once again drinkable.













Monday, 18 January 2016

Les Peintures Murales du Printemps 2016 ~ The Spring 2016 Mural Project

 







Suivant la Rendez-Vous a la Mairie d'aujourd'hui le 18 Janvier 2016, on a choisi ensemble les trois idees differentes pour les trois cotes des transformateurs se trouvant a Verteuil.
Premiere Peinture Murale : Le Jardin des Oiseaux
Deuxieme Peinture Murale: La Fleuriste des Artistes
Troisieme Peinture Murale : La Chasse A La Licorne

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Selection of Sold Work in Private Collections in France, the U.K. and Spain.
































 These are just some of the paintings that have flown my studio whilst living here in La Belle France Profonde in the beautiful village of Verteuil~sur~Charente .
There are about the same number again besides the twenty eight shown here in this Spring 2016 collection of sold work, but they will have to be for another post. They are in private collections in France , the U.K. and Spain.
Thank you for being part of the magic.