JEAN HARVEY fine art

Artist's Statement

I first began painting in Tunisia where I studied painting and drawing at the Ecole des Beaux Arts for four years. I lived in the blue and white 13th century village of Sidi Bou Said where I was drawn by the strong contrasts of light and shadow typical of North Africa. I have always strived to capture the unique rhythm and essence of a subject whether it be a figure, still life, landscape or busy port.

During my three years in Mexico I found inspiration in the hot colours and extraordinary light. Later on, I lived in Villefranche-sur- Mer where I painted there and along the Ligurian coast of Italy. My most recent paintings were made in Spain and Provence. In recent years, I have been inspired by the Greek Islands , most particularly Patmos and Santorini.


Northwestern University

Ecole des Beaux Art, Tunis

Art Students' League, New York

Heatherley School of Fine Art, London


Selected Exhibitions

October 2013, 54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London

June 2010, 54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London

November 2003, Carlyle Gallery, Chelsea, London

February 2001, Monty Stabler Gallery, Birmingham , Alabama

October 1998, Galerie Michel, Villefranche- sur- Mer

March 1995, Galeria Atenea, San Miguel de Allende , Mexico


November 1999 Fundacion Valparaiso
Painting residency in Mojacar, Southern Spain

Press comments

"Jean Harvey's paintings ... simply explode with colour, movement and joie de vivre. ... a 'fauves' palette but with a harmony all its own.... her paintings are full of charm, humour and tenderness."

Nice Matin October 1999

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