Terre et Ciel, 2017
oil on canvas, 10" × 10"
Le Cigale et la Fourmi, 2015
oil on canvas, 9" × 12"
Trois Chevaux sous la Lune, 2016
oil on canvas, 20" × 30"
LEau à la bouche (grande nature morte), 2008
oil on canvas, 35" × 50"
Le Lion et le Buffle, 2015
oil on canvas, 48" × 36"
Geneviève Jost was born in Compiègne, France, and spent most of her childhood in Lorraine and Alsace. From a young age, she developed an interest in drawing and in the arts in general - literature, poetry, theatre, etc. She specialized in education and worked with troubled youths for several years.
Jost first visited Sherbrooke, Québec in 1965, and settled there permanently in 1967. It was following a visit to New York in 1966 where she attended an exhibition of primitive American painters that Jost decided to become a painter. Early in her career as an artist, in the mid-1970s, she was particularly drawn to painting on wood.
Jost is self-taught, painting in a manner akin to modern primitive art. She first painted in acrylics and only later came to use oils, which she now favours particularly for their transparent qualities. In 2009 the artist created 14 paintings, which were reproduced as illustrations for the children's book by Angèle Delaunois, entitled Le coquillage (Éditions d'Isatis). Jost is considered a naive painter and as such participates in many national and international exhibitions.
Her first solo exhibition at Galerie l'Art français was held in 1983. In 1989, she won a silver medal for the most original painting at the international show of Modern Primitive Art organized by the Galerie Pro Arte Kasper in Morges, Switzerland. In 1990, she was awarded the gold medal for the best painting at this show. Her works can be found in several Canadian and European galleries, and are included in many of the most prestigious collections.
The artist's work is enchanting and unexpected, springing from imagination and memory. Jost has developed a pictorial language all her own, which distinguishes her work from that of other artists, be they "modern primitive" or not. The scenes portrayed by the artist - on the threshold of reality - give the impression that she lives on a time-plane slightly different from our own. She finds subjects for her paintings in the simplicity of everyday life and she is fond of stopping time through a gesture, an attitude or an atmosphere, in a manner similar to photography.
- Musée International d'Art Naïf, Magog, Quebec
- McMasters Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
- Musée d'art naïf de la ville de Paris, France
- Musée de l'art naïf de l'Ile-de-France, Paris
- Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, Quebec
- Musée de Charlevoix, Pointe au Pic
- Private collections in Canada, Belgium, France, United States, Italy, Israel, Holland, Germany and Switzerland