Artist biography

Jef Banc born 1930

French painter and draughtsman, born in Paris. Attended no art school, but has devoted himself entirely to painting since 1950. First one-man exhibition at the Galerie Creuze, Paris, in 1956, in New York and Brussels 1958, in Germany 1959, in London 1960. Since 1960 has worked for a single patron. His works are mostly small in scale and include many drawings in India ink or gouache, and papiers coll├ęs, as well as oils. He employs tachiste and calligraphic abstract idioms in a search for images of germination, metamorphosis, etc. expressive of the rhythm of life; has also used insect forms and male-female imagery. Illustrated with lithographs an edition of L'Apocalypse de Saint-Jean 1961. Lives in Paris.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.31