Dublin

Jessie Homer French, Funeral, 1978, oil on canvas, 24 × 29 7⁄8".

Jessie Homer French, Funeral, 1978, oil on canvas, 24 × 29 7⁄8".

Jessie Homer French

mother's tankstation | Dublin

Fires burn, fish swim, people die: Again and again, the art of Jessie Homer French returns to elemental facts of earthly existence. Mostly, her bittersweet, anti-pastoral paintings depict—and artfully distort—scenes of everyday life and death, culture and nature, in the landscapes close to her home in the hilly outskirts of La Quinta, California. Born in New York in 1940, Homer French has been a Golden State resident for much of the past four decades. During this time, she has cultivated a delicately cartoonish, self-taught painting style that responds to the bracing proximity of wilderness—the mountains, lakes, forests and deserts of her wider Coachella Valley area—and to areas of low-key human ritual and habitation at the margins of busier, more-built-up environments. Cemeteries, in this regard, are a typical subject: somber settings indicative of her enduring, dual interest in atmospheric

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