Joan Ayrton


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Artist Background

Joan Ayrton is a visual artist based in Paris, France.  She was born in 1969 in Switzerland and is of British nationality. She studied painting at the Camberwell College of Arts in London and at the Beaux-Arts in Paris.  The locus of her work and research is landscape, often transposed, translated into her pieces as structure, architecture, movements. In recent years, she has focused more specifically on the mineral or geological character of landscapes. Painting, photography and scans take turns without hierarchy in a search for the image through its medium, format, single or multiple character, and spatial arrangement. In 2012, a research grant (CNAP) allowed her to develop her conceptual research and expand her work in mineral matters in Iceland.  Since 2010, she has taught at the European School of Image, Angouleme and Poitiers (EESI).

Earlier in her career, from 1993 to 2006, Joan collaborated with stage directors and choreographers such as Luc Bondy, Yves Beaunesne, Claudio Bernardo Theatre Vidy in Lausanne, the Quartz in Brest, the City or the Hill in Paris. Dramaturgical work (text, drawing and painting), research and proposals on the “scenic landscape.” Material for staging and set design, creating posters and various video media. During the same years, she also worked in cinema with directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Patrice Chereau, and Claude Chabrol.

The information in the biography above was translated from the artist’s website as well as the École européenne supérieur de l’image at Angouleme. To read the original biographies in French, please click here and here.

Below are samples of Joan’s work (click on images to enlarge).

Photos taken from the artist’s website (link below).

To learn more about Joan, check out her website.