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 collés, 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