j e a n n e r i c k e t t s
b i o g r a p h y
Signed & sealed by
Dr. Jur. Holger Sprengel
CEO of ESPRONCEDA
Institute of Art & Culture
Barcelona, last update: November 24th 2021
Tribute to my father
Henry-Martin Ricketts (1944-2020)
and all heroes of WWIII
jeanne ricketts' auto-portrayal "life injection"
Alpha-wave, dream series, 2006-2014.
Mixed media on resin 141x212cm
More on https://vimeo.com/231035018
Not purely abstract yet fully intuitive, Jeanne Ricketts' poems, murals and mixed-media paintings (1993-now) suggest a tartan of oceanic poiesis, blurred and intertwined into a wild, almost Aboriginal to Asian calligraphic style. Her works cross-dissolve into layers of diluted inks and have set into motion her ethereal trace. - Contemplation and osmosis with the waters she sailed into life since her Day of conception in Crete, shaped the calligraphy of her own wave, composing her symphony via themes beyond her own awareness..
Born in Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris) in the 70s into a lineage of Scottish-transcultural artists, poets (Mary Stuart, Rudyard Kipling) and musicians, her paternal Grandmother was a pianist and soloist of Aberdeen’s Orchestral Society and was her first teacher, sealing inter-generational affinities, Jeanne Ricketts embodies in her works.
Her late father, Henry-Martin Ricketts, was an interdisciplinary visionary businessman, orator, musician, historian and a pioneer of the Euro which he helped activate at banks and supermarkets. He married Jeanne's mother, Mechtild v. Weichs zu Wenne, who at the time was a Hasselblad-photographer.
Graduating with awards from the Institut GUÉGAN in Brittany, Jeanne Ricketts is represented by ESPRONCEDA, our Institute of Art & Culture in Barcelona.
Known amongst pioneers in the cultural and luxury sector, she collaborates with, to ennoble innovations for brand recognition, in holistic awareness via large-scale, adaptable mixed media designs & conceptual art.
"OceanSkies" became her media and ongoing transcendental theme, which became her approach to metamorphosis and charisma, in times it matters the most.
Living the best & worst beyond her Time, interdisciplinary experts have only recently discovered that Ricketts for decades dealt with the same challenges Michelangelo and the censored "Degenerated Art Scene" endured during the recurring regimes of our lifetimes.
Despite her rare appearances, genuine art collectors commonly discovered in her existing works, a reminiscence in style with post-war artists, as with the waves of HOKUSAI — with ROBERTO MATTA for her "soulscapes" versus his "inscapes" — with FRIDA KAHLO for a similar destiny and processes of holistic visualisations.
At last, a striking reminiscence with ZAHA HADID's lines, for both being driven by the shapes of dunes / oceans, as seen in Ricketts’ “OceanSkies” (2010-now), her collectors’ most wanted series.
"Never before has the family of human kind, had a greater need for the power of Art to generate calming connections across world systems. Ricketts' visionary paintings link internal, emotional and cognitive systems with external cultural realities and explore new patterns for understanding nature
and human nature.” —
Dr. Phillip Romero MD, New York City, founder of the Smart Peace Prize, is a psychiatrist, art-expert and author of "Phantom Stress” co-written by Joe La Placa, Director of Cardi Gallery London.
Dr. Romero interviewed scientists and other spiritual established artists such as Andy Warhol, and years later also Jeanne Ricketts at her chapel murals in Provence (France), in the pursuit of brain studies; building a theory on proving that art = survival and how its spirit can bring resilience and peace at all times.”
whilst bravely handling a number of life-threatening challenges throughout 2019 and regaining her sovereignty as a British artist at River Thames amidst the storm of the "covid scandal", Jeanne Ricketts as a result of the above, was tragically separated from her most beloved dying Father in the south of France.-
Slowly but surely, Ricketts' Renaissance reemerged between her London base and new pioneering projects, swaying her between New York, Amsterdam, Oman and “City of Waters and Peace”, Geneva.
Hosted by the "Four Seasons” on September 3rd 2019, she painted her Wave-performance for the people of Geneva, parallel to the stream on Rousseau's island, which had never happened in local history before.
IN NEED OF SOLITUDE she from 2015 to 2016 was proposed by one of her lawyers to re-vibe "Villa Solitude", former Beach-house of Romy Schneider and Alain Delon; situated on the bay of “Mala Beach” in Cap d’Ail (South of France), a coastal town Ricketts drew into commissioned stamp-series in commemoration of Cap d’Ail’s Centenary (2008).
The sound of the Mediterranean waves crashing against the rock-foundations of the villa, forever echo in Ricketts’ two series of 2.44 x 4,80m “Ocean’s Calligraphy I & II” (2014-2017); extracted from two segments of her original eighty linear meter street-art wave, initiated during three hot Summer nights on Port Hercules and continued at "Villa Solitude".
This large-scale piece became the pivotal breakthrough of her art-call, she concealed into her brand SWAY®. — "Villa Solitude" enhanced Ricketts’ game-changer and became her private show-room, in which rare exclusive panoramic sea-view gatherings took place. Her off-grid, interdisciplinary collaborations emerged amongst entrusted clients and selected industry-famed designers.
THE COMMISSION FOR ETHIC
RIGHTS & PEACE (AIAS, Paris)
& THE ARARAT INTERNATIONAL
ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
invited Jeanne Ricketts to Geneva in September 2016, to hold a conference on one of her projected “intuitive-series” in context with World-affairs and present her merged holistic family portrait entitled“Our Eldest Brother Iraq & Sister Syria”.
At the occasion of the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide in September 2015, the same hosts awarded her for "Arts and World Culture" at UNESCO in Paris, for her compelling speech she held at their conference on "Genocide, Art and Peace”. Her words were illustrated by her intuitive drawing “And This Is Iraq”, which she dreamt about in 2008, pre-announcing an “upheaval coming from Africa”, later known as the “Arab Spring”. -
In honour of all victims of power abuse, “Human Wave At The Bus Stop” (2010) pre-announcing the refugee-wave at the time, became her 2nd donation for the AGENCE INTERNATIONALE POUR LA PAIX in Paris.
with a Libyan silenced hero who freed his country from the embargo till the Arab Spring took over; as well as living three years with a renowned Greek Orthodox interfaith prophet from Egypt, shaped the puzzle pieces in her life, which ignited Ricketts’ visionary works beyond control and comprehension, into an apocalyptic message which only Art could witness.
TRAPPED in FREEDOM
is her 9min autobiographical short-film, edited since 12.12.12. with an open-end by Franz Fox Kennedy. Revealing what drives Ricketts' transcendental Art experiences, whilst transmitting various premonitory dreams for-felt from a metaphysical dimension in synchronicity with the "Signs of the Times".
Arising via inner locutions, unfolding as to how we relate to another from holistic perspectives, her surrendered state of trance in her creative proceedings often incubate as mixed-media over-drawn to over-written poetry, painted over depleted resin prints she partially cuts and sculpts into semi-reliefs.
Satish Kumar*, a holistic author, deep-ecologist and follower of Mahatma Gandhi, who is in touch with Ricketts since 2012, was the first to personally be able to relate to her works he deeply resonates with in his own writings and vice-versa.
2004 - 2012 Ricketts' challenged Art-life was mostly lived from Jettingen’s Castle (Germany) birth place and home of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg. This is where during, and beyond his legendary lifetime, only minutes away from Dachau's concentration camp, he protected persecuted minorities.
This historic and serene place inevitably shaped Ricketts’ Art-call, in which she accomplished a major new phase of works. Little did she know at the time, that from 1938, her similar Silesian (artist) grandmother and (poet) great-grandfather, Franziskus von Fürstenberg regularly met with Stauffenberg during his secret gatherings in a forest in Silesia.
It was only in 2019 on her Benelux-tour, that Jeanne Ricketts was puzzled to realise together with gallerists, that most of her “merging souls series” (2005-now) look as if they belonged to the post-war movement. Ricketts’ creations are undeniably intertwined with the lives of previous Art generations, possibly looking for intuitive hands to continue creating for the sake of a higher legacy. One of her great-Grandfathers, Frederick-William II, also known as musician and patron of the Arts, commissioned the Brandenburg Gate as a symbol of peace.-
OUT-OF-THE-GALLERY-REALM Ricketts' solo projects remain her "forte", however from April 2005 to December 2010, she mainly co-curated and exhibited with a long-term partner of Louis Toninelli : Shahyar Amini, Founder of AMINIART (mc), whom she was engaged to at the time. - She also exhibited at late Marco Bianco’s In'Camera gallery (Forte Dei Marmi, I.), at Galerie Gollong (St. Paul de Vence, F.) as well as at Galerie Ferrero and the Biennale of UMAM (Nice, F).
During those years, Ricketts' works were shown amongst pieces of: Shirin Neshat, Dariush Mohaier, Hans Hartung, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Sosno, Arman, César, Mimmo Rotella, Marino Marini, Gilles Miquelis, Michaelangelo Pistoletto, Ben, Louis Cane, Nicole Cane, to name a few.
However, various advisors who know of Ricketts' visionary niche encouraged her to focus on her off-grid, initial Art solo-path as pioneer. This hence keeps access to any or her artworks, rare.
DISCOVERED IN YEAR 2000
for her earliest murals painted in the vault of St. Louis Chapel, built in 1646 in the hamlet of La Doire de Séranon, off the "Route Napoléon” in Provence (France), where her father, Henry Martin Ricketts now rests since end-March 2020.
"Heavenly Kingdom, Earthly Kingdom" is the title she gave to her 5x8m mural she painted during a six months hermitage in multiple layers of shades of inks, providing any viewer with her shared sensation of swaying between two parallel realms.
The inaugural media coverage of this masterpiece triggered over 60 murals and ca. 150 small to large scale art pieces, partially commissioned across the USA, Russia, Britain, Switzerland, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil and the Middle East.
Her collectors, to name a few are:
Omar Fayed, Pierre Cardin, Demosthenes Canakis, the artist Louis Cane (founder of the Movement Supports/Surfaces, Paris, 1998); First Energy Bank (Bahrain); and Dr. Bernard Massini presiding the advisory board of the MAMAC Museum in Nice (F).
NON-CONFORMAL by nature, she since early childhood confidently rejected any form of mainstream education.
From 1999-2004 Jeanne Ricketts assisted and painted exclusively on a regular basis at "Castel Caramel” in Monti (F) with surrealist and visionary artist Ernst Fuchs, who during his life-time worked with Dalì and Hundertwasser.
In those years she also mingled with Razzia, the official LVMH Poster-artist, via whom she discovered common affinities for the vintage lifestyle and the Dolce Vita, which later influenced her concept SWAY®. —
- In 1996 Ricketts graduated with awards from Brittany's Murals and Art Déco Master of its time, Yannick Guégan, whom’s remote Institute was by the Atlantic Ocean near Guérande's salt fields (F).- During four months of high-intensity studies of secret techniques you could find no equivalent in the World, Ricketts experienced one of her first breakthroughs. Whilst painting her very first large-scale “OceanSky” all students stopped to watch her paint, to the greatest surprise of her Master and herself.
- 1994-1996 Ricketts lived her first romantic island-life from the Greek medieval town of Rhodes. From there she initiated her autodidactic mural-collaborations with local international architects, whilst studying Byzantine iconography under Eva Vlavianos. These biblical lines painted with Japanese brushes led her hand ever since.
- 1986-1994 Ricketts graduated in Arts & Fashion as a quadrilingual polyglot from Wald’s Art-oriented Boarding-school in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Jeanne Ricketts performs Live Worldwide on commission in partnership with international patrons and Art collectors endorsing innovation and CSR, and I am thrilled to count her amongst us at ESPRONCEDA since 2017.
Dr. Jur. Holger Sprengel
CEO & Founder of
predestined art studios
© Photo of Schloss Jettingen by J. Ricketts
Ricketts' challenging Art-life was mostly lived from Jettingen’s Castle in Germany, birth place and home of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg. This is where during and beyond his legendary lifetime, only minutes away from Dachau's concentration camp, he protected persecuted minorities. Affectionately called "Jeanne's Atelier" by her hosts, the roof-tower and attic in which she painted till early mornings as seen from above photo, was situated on the other side of the left tower.
This historic location inevitably shaped Ricketts’ art-call in which she accomplished the majority of her works. - Little did she know at the time, that from 1938, her similar Silesian (artist) grandmother and (poet) great-grandfather, Franziskus von Fürstenberg regularly met with Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg during his secret gatherings in a forest in Silesia.
Jeanne Ricketts' maternal grandmother
Maria-Theresia von Weichs zu Wenne
born von Fürstenberg
03.30.1920 - 17.01.2004
Ricketts in the tour studio with "Cuban singer"2008, first piece she cut into, under Jettingen's influence, which initially shocked her main gallerist at the time.
2015-2016 Above Video-footage from the garden studio at Romy Schneider's & Alain Delon's former Villa Solitude, Plage Mala, Cap D'ail, South of France, where Jeanne Ricketts continued her two 2.44 x 4,80m series "Ocean's Calligraphy I & II" and her "Freed Renewal Hedge", a 12m street art billboard which she describes as "Veg'Animal-Huma'Elements". 4 Natures United 4 Life, united into a hedge of protection.
Romy Schneider & Alain Delon in the south of France in 1962 Photo : Bert Stern/ La Galerie de l’Instant
SOULSCAPES from Villa Solitude
Jeanne Ricketts processing her "Flower Power Pool" from her studio at her Father's Estate in La Doire de Séranon, Provence, France 2008
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AMINIART & TONINELLI ART MODERNE COLLABORATIONS
"Through Jeanne's painter's eye,
her photographs inspired her paintings.
Both developed into thematic
crossed-layers, with a sensation
that her works aren't static." -
MARCO BIANCO +
Founder of IN CAMERA Photo Gallery
Pietra Santa 2005