November 2021 - January 2022

"Born in London, I have lived in Manchester for over twenty years. My mother was a lithographer and I inherited her passion for drawing, painting, and all kinds of visual expression.

After a preparatory diploma at the Beaux-Arts in London, I pursued linguistic and literary studies (which I am also passionate about). But I never stopped painting… Today, I teach French at the University of Manchester and my work as a researcher (on engraving and illustrated books) echoes my interest for visual art.

The paintings I am displaying at the Alliance Française have all been painted during the last two or three years. These works are done “sur le motif” (outdoor) and I have tried to capture the light and the character of two places that I know very well: the cliffs and beaches of the Pays de Caux (in Normandy, where my wife was born), and Manchester’s streets. Painting outdoor gives these works an “impressionist” appearance, especially because the coast of Normandy and its changing light, with clouds, waves, chalk and sun, was a place favoured by many painters of this nineteenth century artistic movement: Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Berthe Morisot and others. Manchester’s streets also inspired some artists in the past, especially the French painter Adolphe Vallette (whose artworks are displayed in Manchester Art Gallery) and of the course the great L.S. Lowry. If you think my paintings are a little too sunny, it might be because they were painted during summer, when the nice weather allows me to go outdoors with my easel.

I hope that you like this exhibition, and I want to thank the Alliance Française for giving me the opportunity to present my paintings" 

Jonathan Hensher

The exhibition will run until end of January 2022


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