original artworks, images & photographs by Jessica Langton

'Fleurs de Vie' Collection

'Red Flower' abstract gestural large canvas in acrylics and inks painted by the international artist Jessica Langton in her studio in the south of France.

In beloved local gardens or on walks in the Garrigue, always the flowers: joyful, exquisite, infinitely delicate, intense in colour. All beautiful. All are symbolic of the ephemeral but intense nature of life and vitality. The flowers in my art provide perfect shapes to explore some concepts of gestural painting. A precious central core, a heart, and the flying away of ribbons of torn petals. Ideas of stillness, concentration, attachment - and also of turbulence, dispersion, detachment and flight.

​Dans mes jardins bien-aimés et lors de mes promenades dans les garrigues, toujours les fleurs: joyeuses, exquises, infiniment délicates, de couleurs intenses. Toutes belles. Toutes symboliques de la vie éphémère et de sa vitalité intense. Les fleurs de mon art offrent des formes parfaites afin d’explorer certains concepts de la peinture gestuelle. Un noyau central précieux, un cœur, et des rubans de pétales déchirés qui s'envolent. Idées d'immobilité, de concentration, d'attachement ainsi que de turbulence, de dispersion, de détachement et de fuite.

A china ink study of a flower by international artist Jessica Langton, part of a collection made in her studio in the south of France
an ink and acrylic drawing called 'cranesbill study' by the international artist Jessica Langton in her mediterranean studio in the south of France.
Small Dark Flower study in acylics and inks on paper by the international artist Jessica Langton in her studio in the south of France

 ' Jardins Secrets' Collection

Collage-painting created by international artist Jessica Langton inspired by the gardens of Monet at Giverny, and part of a large series of works made in her studio in the south of France

Originally created following a wonderful and memorable visit I made to Monet's gardens in Giverny, this project now includes photographs I have taken in gardens in my own region of l'Occitanie, like the  Bambouseraie in Anduze and friends’ cherished private spaces. As the project evolves, I am gradually pushing the boundaries towards greater abstraction and rhythmic mark-making, using my photographic studies of cut wood, flowers and bamboo, and eventually even maps of places from my childhood... my own secret garden.

 

Créé à l'origine suite à une visite merveilleuse et mémorable aux jardins de Monet à Giverny, ce projet comprend désormais des photographies que j'ai prises dans des jardins de ma propre région de l'Occitanie, comme la Bambouseraie à Anduze et les jardins chéris des amis du territoire. Au fur et à mesure que le projet évolue, je repousse progressivement les limites vers une plus grande abstraction et un marquage rythmique, en utilisant mes études photographiques du bois coupé, des fleurs et du bambou, et éventuellement même des cartes, points de repères  des lieux de mon enfance ... mon propre jardin secret.

one of the 'Jardin Secret' series of painted collages by international visual artist Jessica Langton in her mediterranean studio in the south of France
An abstract collaged painting created by international artist Jessica Langton in her studio in the south of France
An abstract collaged painting using old maps, part of a series of works called 'Indentites Anterieures' created by international artist Jessica Langton in her studio in the south of France

'Cultiver' Collection

Orchard, No. 4 one a of series of large canvases painted by international visual artist Jessica Langton in her studio in the south of France

My village perches atop the first foothills of the ‘arrière-pays’ or hinterlands of the Mediterranean. Whether in the forms created by its cultivation, by the careful pruning of fruit orchards or in the rhythmic repetition of lines through a vineyard in winter, this landscape that surrounds me influences and inspires me endlessly. Each change of season brings new meaning, a new symbolism. The emergence of an almost-symmetry through the drawing of a tree with my arms fully extended, helped turn my paintings in the ‘Orchard’ series into ‘body maps’ rooted, growing and stretching skyward. The stems of grass, reeds, vines, dissecting the receding horizons, all form a mesh, like woven cloth or perhaps they look like notes written in music. This is ‘Big Sky Country’, filling me with a sense of hope and unknown potentials. These works in the series ‘Fields & Horizons’ also speak of how the flow of life is cut and crossed by random events and extraordinary experiences.

 

Le terroir de mon village, au pied des premières collines de l'arrière-pays. Que ce soit dans les formes créées par sa culture, par la taille soignée des vergers fruitiers, ou dans la répétition rythmique des lignes à travers un vignoble en hiver, ce paysage qui m'entoure m'influence et m'inspire à l'infini. Chaque changement de saison apporte un nouveau sens, un nouveau symbolisme. L’émergence d’une presque-symétrie par le dessin d’un arbre avec les bras tendus contribuent à transformer mes peintures de la série ‘Orchard’ en ‘cartes corporelles’ ; mon corps enraciné, grandissant et s'étendant vers le ciel.  Les tiges d'herbe, de roseaux, de vignes dissèquent les horizons lointains forment toutes une maille, comme une étoffe tissée ou peut-être ressemblent-elles à des notes écrites en musique. C'est le pays du 'Grand Ciel', me remplissant d'un sentiment d'espoir et de potentiels inconnus. Ces œuvres de la série ‘Fields & Horizons’ parlent également de la façon dont le courant de la vie soit coupé et traversé par des événements aléatoires et des expériences extraordinaires.

'spring seeds' a large format painting on canvas produced by international visual artist Jessica Langton in her mediterranean studio in the south of France. The process of making the painting, during lockdown, or the 'confinement' in France was documented and videos show how it progressed from day to day during the period.
Painting and monotype, one of a series of works called Horizons by the international visual artist Jessica Langton, created in her Mediterranean studio in the south of France
Painting and monotype, one of a series of works called Horizons by the international visual artist Jessica Langton, created in her Mediterranean studio in the south of France
Painting and monotype, one of a series of works called Horizons by the international visual artist Jessica Langton, created in her Mediterranean studio in the south of France

 'Cercles et Symboles'

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The slow pirouetting dance of the ink-filled brush on its leaf of paper. The charcoal that slides on the surface of white canvas tracing large curves like an ice-skater. How to draw this perfect shape? Imperfectly, and repeatedly.  Circle: the symbol of completion and original perfection. It is a language of humanity, humility and of common truths, and each drawn circle strengthens the common vital energy. As a college student, I was fascinated by the Avesbury Stone Circle in Wiltshire, UK. Later in Sri Lanka, I discovered the power of Shiva dancing in the circle of fire. In Japan it was the enso and the art of Zen Buddhism. And in our contemporary life a new language of symbols is being invented ... and it is just as exciting to me.

La danse lente en pirouette du pinceau bourrée d'encre sur sa feuille. Le fusain qui glisse sur la surface de la toile blanche traçant des grandes courbes comme un patineur sur glace.  Comment dessiner cette forme parfaite ? Imparfaitement, et à répétition. Cercle: le symbole de la perfection originale. C'est un langage d'humanité, d’humilité et de vérités communes. Chaque cercle dessiné renforce l'énergie vitale commune. Etudiante, j’ai été fasciné par le cercle de pierres d’Avesbury dans le Wiltshire, au Royaume-Uni. Plus tard au Sri Lanka j'ai découvert le pouvoir de Shiva dansant dans un cercle du feu. Au Japon c’étaient l'enso et l'art du bouddhisme zen.  Et dans notre vie contemporaine c’est un nouveau langage de symboles qui s’invente… et lui aussi me passionne.

'Parcours Tracés'  Collection

'Meditation Scroll', acrylic and ink painting on free-hanging canvas by international visual artist Jessica Langton in her mediterranean studio in the south of France
Painting in acrylics and inks by international visual artist Jessica Langtonin her mediterranean studio in the south of France

A retrospective of my artwork makes greater sense in relation to five locations. Each greatly influenced my life, my perceptions and my artwork. Leaving behind damp, dark green England for good, the first was when I moved to the sun-drenched rustic hills, the perfumed lavender fields, ochre earth and blue skies of southern France. The second was Sri Lanka, with its deep and startling revelation of abundant chaos and colour, making Europe fade and wither away for a while. The third was FE Asia, where during years of visits for work, I learnt about entirely different cultures and perspectives and a great deal about my own origins.  The fourth was forming close ties with NYC through family, friends and working on projects in the city. New York became a place for me to express and to understand urban ideas and perspectives. Its urban, social and cultural dimensions bring international connection and a balance to my life in the Mediterranean.

 

 Une rétrospective de mon art prendra plus de sens en lien avec cinq destinations, chacune desquelles a profondément influencé ma vie, mes perceptions et mes œuvres. Quittant à tout jamais une Angleterre verdâtre et humide, ma première destination fut les collines rustiques et arides des Basses-Alpes, baignées de soleil, couvertes de lavande parfumés, fabriquées de la terre d’ocre et chapeautées d’un grand ciel bleu. La deuxième fut le Sri Lanka avec sa révélation profonde et surprenante de chaos et de couleurs abondants, faisant s’effacer et flétrir pendant un moment, l'Europe entière. La troisième fut l’Asie du sud-est, où à travers plusieurs séjours pour mon travail, j'ai rencontré des cultures, des pensées et des personnes totalement différentes, et avec un regard plus mûr, un nouveau perspective sur mes origines européens. Le quatrième, c’était quand j’ai eu la chance de nouer des liens étroits avec New York City. New York est devenu un lieu pour moi de comprendre des idées et des perspectives urbaines. Elle m’apporte une connexion sociale et culturelle et un équilibre cosmopolite à ma vie en Méditerranée.

large format canvas in acrylics and inks and gold paint by international visual artist Jessica Langton. One in the series of paintings inspired by Elizabethan poetry.
Painting in acrylics and inks by international visual artist Jessica Langton. One of the 'Angelic' series.

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