Bio / CV


Jane Barthès was born in Nigeria to a fiery and passionate Catalan, French father and a reserved English mother. This inherited duality has strongly impacted her work as an artist as she grapples with the concept of relationships between all things; the ebb and flow between matter and energy, the clash between chaos and order and the struggle to find clarity and harmony in a world filled with uncertainty. Moreover, Barthès has always been fascinated by the concept of space, carving into it and taming it to find order.

Barthès has traveled and lived many lives around the globe. After graduating in 1994 from Wimbledon School of Art at the University of London, she left the UK to spend a decade living and working in the South of France where she established herself as an abstract artist in London and France while also teaching life drawing and designing sets for the theater.

In 2005, curiosity and a desire for change lead her to travel to New Mexico, US, where the extremes of the desert inspired her work for a few years before the recession set in. Barthès then moved to Chicago in 2009 where she is currently in her studio full time, working on her exploration of what she calls her “molecules” of energy now deeply informed and inspired by the architectural beauty of the city she now calls home.

BA with Honors in Painting from the London Wimbledon Art School, UK 1994
Masters of Social Work, Jane Adams School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, US 2013


Solo Shows
“An Alternative Molecular Universe”, Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois; December 2018 – February 2019
“Molecules of Architecture”, 737 Michigan Avenue, (Nieman Marcus Building); June – September.
Joint Shows
Gallery Studio Oh! Chicago, IL; 2-person show; May-June
“LandWorks”, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, , Long Beach, New Jersey; June-July

Solo Shows
“GRIDZ”, Pop-up show, Chicago, Illinois
“An Alternative Molecular Universe”, Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois; December 2018 – February 2019
Group Shows
“Stripes”, bgGallery, Los Angeles, CA

Solo Shows
Kit and Ace Designs INC., Chicago, Illinois
Group Shows
Bridgeport Art Center – 5th Annual Art Competition, Chicago, Illinois
2 person show – “Patterned Universes”, Hinsdale, Illinois
2 person show – Mindfulness Center, Chicago, Illinois
“Unpresidented” – Hubbard Street Studios, Chicago, Illinois

Group Shows
“Dynamic”, Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
Art Fairs
Boca Contemporary Art Fair, Boca Raton, FL

Solo Shows
“Molecules of Drawing”, Echt Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2005 – 2009
Solo Shows
2005 – Tadu, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007 – Gallery Sklo, Atlanta, Georgia
2007 – Jalu Gallery, Sayulita, Mexico
Group Shows
2006 – Tadu, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007 – Tadu, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2008 – Salon Mar Graff, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Europe 1994 – 2004
Solo Shows
Le Variétés, Sommières, France
L’Entrepôt, Uzès, France
Cork Street Gallery, Cork Street, London
Group Shows
The Harrodian, London
Red Box Association, Provence, France

Work held in private collections
UK – London, Wimbourne and the Bundes Bank
France – Paris, Nîmes, Montpellier
Germany – Landau
USA – Scottsdale, AZ; Denver, CO; Atlanta, GA; Santa Fe, NM; NYC, New York; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago,

Articles and Essays
December 2016 – Vasari 21, Under the Radar Jane Barthes

Jane Barthes

February 2017 – Art Maze Mag Launch Issue 1, Featured Artist

February 2017 – Vasari 21, Ripe for Rediscovery: Helen Lundeberg by Jane Barthes

Ripe for Rediscovery: Helen Lundeberg

September 2017 – Vasari 21, Ripe for Rediscovery: Maggie Hambling by Jane Barthes

Ripe for Rediscovery: Maggi Hambling