VSF LOS ANGELES

JESSIE HOMER FRENCH
CHERNOBYL
APRIL 21 - JULY 2, 2020

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Jessie Homer French studio
Mountain Center, CA
Photo by Ryan Schude
Two years in the making, Jessie Homer French’s much anticipated solo exhibition at VSF Los Angeles, which includes paintings of untamed wild fires, recently visited cemeteries, and French’s most current obsession with the Chernobyl “exclusion zone”, suddenly feel like prescient visions of our contemporary world. For most of us, sheltered at home and glued to the news, the reports last week of the newly ignited wildfires at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant seems like yet another surreal layer to the Covid-19 pandemic that has overtaken our lives. 
Although VSF’s Los Angeles gallery is currently closed to the public, we made the decision to install the exhibition, Chernobyl, which the artist had prophetically titled six months ago, and begin an initial release of the exhibition through the online viewing room as well as a series of virtual walkthroughs and recorded conversations between the gallerists and artist. 
We felt strongly that French’s practice resonates now more than ever, and that art – in one way shape or form – must be seen. And since the real life experience of Jessie’s paintings could never be replicated by reproductions alone, VSF has committed to opening French’s exhibition to the public in the last two weeks of June through our website’s appointment booking program. 
For over fifty years, self-taught artist Jessie Homer French (b. 1940, lives and works in Palm Desert, CA) has been painting sardonic yet transcendent scenes of nature’s ongoing encounter with humankind. From her High Desert studio in California, French’s practice is also a process of coping with personal loss, grasping the effects of climate change on the landscape, as well as reflecting on the untamable beauty of the outdoors through an elegiac rumination on the human condition. 
Jessie Homer French
Chernobyl, 2020 (installation view)

Jessie Homer French
Chernobyl Summer, 2018
Oil on canvas
24 x 48 in (61 x 122 cm)
Jessie Homer French
The Wolves of Chernobyl, 2018
Oil on canavs
26 x 36 in (61 x 91 cm)

Jessie Homer French
Exclusion Zone Chernobyl, 2019
Oil on canvas
12 x 24 in (30 x 61 cm)
Jessie Homer French
Chernobyl, 2020 (installation view)
Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, CA
Jessie Homer French
Chernobyl Winter, 2018
Oil on canvas
36 x 26 in (91 x 66 cm)
Jessie Homer French
Chernobyl Hunt, 2018
Oil on canvas
25 x 25 in (63 x 63 cm)
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Jessie Homer French
Spring Snow - Chernobyl, 2019
Oil on plywood
12 x 23.5 in (30 x 60 cm)
Jessie Homer French
Death & Resurrection, Chernobyl, 2018
Oil on canvas
24 x 24 in (61 x 61 cm)
Jessie Homer French
Chernobyl, 2020 (installation view)
Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, CA

Jessie Homer French
Chernobyl Spring, 2018
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 in (61 x 91 cm)
Jessie Homer French
Chernobyl Autumn, 2018
Oil on canvas
36 x 60 in (91 x 150 cm)
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Jessie Homer French
Chernobyl, 2020 (installation view)
Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, CA
Jessie Homer French
Under Cover, 2018
Oil on plywood
12 x 23.5 in (30 x 60 cm)
Jessie Homer French
Grass Fire, 2018
Oil on canvas
12 x 36 in (30 x 91 cm)
Jessie Homer French
Hemet Lake, 2018
Oil on canvas
24 x 52 in (61 x 122 cm)
Jessie Homer French
2017, 2017
Oil on plywood
36 x 54 in (91 x 137 cm)
Jessie Homer French
The San Gorgonia Pass, 2018
Oil on plywood
42 x 36 in (107 x 91 cm)
Jessie Homer French
McKenzie River Guide, 2019
Oil on canvas
20 x 30 in (51 x 76 cm)
Jessie Homer French
Tailwater, 2018
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 in (61 x 91 cm)
Jessie Homer French
Chernobyl, 2020 (installation view)
Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, CA

Jessie Homer French (b. 1940, New York, NY, lives and works in Mountain Center, CA) is a self-taught, self-proclaimed “regional narrative painter” who routinely, perhaps even obsessively, paints archetypes of death, nature and rural life. She has held solo exhibitions including Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, IE and London, UK; Art Basel Hong Kong, CN; Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, CA; the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA; Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Winchester Gallery, Victoria, BC; and Ankrum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as the Palm Springs Museum, CA; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; and at Samuel Freeman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. French’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Palm Spring Art Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
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ARTIST OVERVIEW: PREVIOUS WORKS
Jessie Homer French
Chernobyl, 2017
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 in
Jessie Homer French
Castle Mountains, 2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 in
Jessie Homer French
Picnic at the Sunken Grave, 2019
Oil on plywood
24 x 36 in
Jessie Homer French
Emily Carr In The Ross Bay Cemetery, 2000
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 in 

Jessie Homer French
Food Chain, 2017 (installation view)
Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, CA
Jessie Homer French
Road Kill (Again), 1998
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 in
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