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Jill Gallieni is as discreet and mysterious as are the prayers she lays on paper. Indeed, these prayers can only be addressed to the saints they invoke, for they are intentionally rendered unreadable. Cryptic writing par excellence, where absence is made visible, her work plunges us into a deep anchorite universe. For more than 10 years, the gallery has represented this French artist, whose works are as well part of major European collections of art brut such as that of the Museum of LaM (France), of art brut in Lausanne (Switzerland) or even of the Hannah Rieger collection (Austria).

portrait of jill gallieni - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1948 —
Country France

Jill Galliéni was born in 1948 to an American mother and a French father, and has always lived in Paris. Her father was an actor. She was brought up by guardians until the age of seven, when her father took over her care. She began creating her strange fabric dolls at a very early age. She turned to prayer towards the age of thirty as a way of helping her to rebuild her life and free herself from the vicious mental traps that were stopping her from living her life to the full. She initially wanted to “speak” through the medium of words, but, finding it unbearable to see sentences written in her own hand, she invented sentences from prayers – always the same, repeated hundreds of times. These formed tightly bundled garlands so that the meaning of the prayer would remain a mystery. The prayers are addressed to Saint Rita, patron saint of lost causes, and refer to situations, people, her own circumstances, and so on. They feature imitations of the written word or superimposed layers of writing in black or coloured ink, covering loose sheets of paper and notebooks. Thus freed from the constraints of convention, the writing roams in different directions, following its own rhythm, forming curves and diagonals and creating calligram flowers, houses, hearts, and abstract shapes.

Her striking texts – including a rare notebook presented at the Histoire(s) de carnet exhibition at Drawing Now Paris in 2010 – have recently been acquired by the Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art.

Artworks
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Untitled (prayer to Mary) - © christian berst — art brut
Untitled (prayer to Mary), 2012
6.3 x 9.45 in
Untitled (prayer to Mary) - © christian berst — art brut
Untitled (prayer to Mary), 2012
6.3 x 9.45 in
Untitled (prayer to Mary) - © christian berst — art brut
Untitled (prayer to Mary), 2012
6.3 x 9.45 in
Untitled (prayer to Mary) - © christian berst — art brut
Untitled (prayer to Mary), 2012
6.3 x 9.45 in
Untitled (prayer to Mary) - © christian berst — art brut
Untitled (prayer to Mary), 2012
6.3 x 9.45 in
Untitled (prayer to Mary) - © christian berst — art brut
Untitled (prayer to Mary), 2012
6.3 x 9.45 in
Untitled (prayer to Saint Rita) - © christian berst — art brut
Untitled (prayer to Saint Rita), 1990
5.91 x 9.06 in
Untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Untitled, 1990
5.91 x 9.06 in
Untitled (prayer to Saint Rita) - © christian berst — art brut
Untitled (prayer to Saint Rita), 1990
5.51 x 8.27 in
untitled (prayor to Mary) - © christian berst — art brut
untitled (prayor to Mary), 2014
9.45 x 12.6 in
untitled (prayor to Mary) - © christian berst — art brut
untitled (prayor to Mary), 2014
9.45 x 12.6 in
Untitled (prayor to Mary) - © christian berst — art brut
Untitled (prayor to Mary), 2014
9.45 x 12.6 in
Exhibitions
drawing now 2020
to be postponed. From March 25 to 29, 2020.
in abstracto #2
at the gallery. From March 5 to June 6, 2020.
Scrivere Disegnando
when the language seeks its other, Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève . From January 29 to August 23, 2020.
beyond
on the edge of the visible and the invisible, at the gallery. From March 7 to April 13, 2019.
Flying High
Women Artists of Art Brut, Kunstforum, Vienne. From February 15 to June 23, 2019.
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Leben in art brut
coll. Hannah Rieger, Bildraum, Vienna. From July 14 to August 16, 2018.
do the write thing 2
read between the lines, at the gallery. From April 26 to June 2, 2018.
drawing now 2018
Carreau du Temple. From March 22 to 25, 2018.
Living in art brut
123 works from the Hannah Rieger Collection, Musuem Krems an der Donau. From September 8 to October 26, 2017.
Writescape
Textual Poetry of Art Brut, Entrepot Gallery, Monaco. From July 12 to September 29, 2016.
les unes et les autres
Centre d'Etude de l'Expression et Centre Hospitalier Sainte-Anne, Paris. From April 14 to July 10, 2016.
Du nombril au cosmos
autour de la collection abcd/ Bruno Decharme, Art et Marges museum, Bruxelles. From September 25, 2015 to January 24, 2016.
PreTENse
at the Gallery. From September 12 to October 10, 2015.
Drawing Now 2015
Carreau du Temple, Paris. From March 25 to 29, 2015.
do the write thing
read between the lines, new york gallery. From October 30 to December 21, 2014.
on the horizon
at the gallery. From January 28 to March 1, 2014.
drawing now 2012
drawing art fair, Carrousel du Louvre. From March 28 to April 1, 2012.
outsider art fair
From February 11 to 13, 2011.
beyond the boundaries season 2010
discoveries and recent acquisitions, at the gallery. From September 16 to October 16, 2010.
exhibition view of *in abstracto #2*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2020. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *flying high, künstlerinnen der art brut*, curators: ingried brugger, hannah rieger, veronika rudorfer, kunstforum, vienna, austria, 2019. - © kunstforum, photo: nilo klotz, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *in abstracto #2*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2020. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Press review
scrivere disegnando. Quand la langue cherche son autre.
Claire Margat, Artpress. May 22, 2020.
l’insociable sociabilité de l’art
Philippe Godin, La Diagonale De L’art. April 30, 2020.
graphomanies brutes
Claire Margat, Art Press. December 7, 2018.
bouge la ligne !
Philippe Godin, La Diagonale De L’art. May 9, 2018.
L’art brut mis en avant à la galerie l’Entrepôt
Monaco Info. July 14, 2016.
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Comment émergent les bruts ?
Marie Zawisza, L’oeil. April 2, 2015.
Les portes, entre ombre et prières, Beverly Baker et Jill Gallièni
Pascal Ordonneau, Soliloques Sur L’art. February 1, 2015.
Une rentrée hors-les-normes
Télérama Sortir. September 29, 2010.
Collections
LaM, musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut de Lille Métropole
France
collection de l’Art brut
Switzerland
Carmen and Daniel Klein collection
Switzerland
Hannah Rieger collection
Austria
Antoine Frérot collection
France
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Hervé Lancelin collection
Luxembourg
art)&(marges collection
Belgium
Jill Gallieni

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