Don't miss the exhibition Jano Pesset from April 3rd to September 1rst 2019 at the Musée d'Art Brut in Montpellier.
Jano Pesset was born on August 3, 1936 in Saintes (Charente Maritime). He spent a good part of his childhood in the countryside where he looked after cows and bserved nature. After the Liberation of France, he went back to live with his mother who was a bank employee in Bordeaux.
He successively became an adjuster, assistant cartoonist at the Jean Image studios, laborer, packer, technical agent, and finally storekeeper. Besides working, Jano Pesset has always drawn and painted, searching for a style that would celebrate popular culture without relying on traditional folk art. He discovered Jean Dubuffet's Asphyxiating Culture, which became his bedside book.
At a Picasso retrospective, featuring the famous cow's head made of a bike saddle and a handlebar, he also discovered with astonishment that art could be a form of derision. He began working with ivy, a poor, twisted and discarded material, whose sinuous stems duplicate drawing, thus replacing the line in his assemblages.
He exhibited his first works at the Atelier Jacob in 1977. Jano Pesset’s assemblages always bring together sets of small characters displayed in one or more settings, which emphasize the intention to establish a narrative that abundant inscriptions (enshrined in phylacteries) underline. Humor and satire prevail. Following “The Possessive Mother” or “The Instinctellectuel”, his latest work was called “The Deserter of the Useful”. Jano Pesset lives and works in the Chevreuse Valley.