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About Gianne

International painter Gianne de Genevraye paints public gardens in Europe and the United States. She is a Contemporary Landscape Painter, exhibiting widely with work seen in collections in France, Italy, the UK, Japan, Mexico and the United States. Born in California, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of California Irvine, studying under contemporary masters Judy Chicago, Tony DeLap, Craig Kaufman and John Paul Jones. She was studio assistant to Jennifer Bartlett in France for three years. In 1990-91, she was an Invited Artist at the American Academy of Rome.

Since 2011, Gianne has focused on establishing short-term residencies in public gardens that lead to on-site exhibitions. She has been invited to paint in gardens in France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan and Southern California.

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In 2011, she painted and exhibited on site in the Château Bachiviller where Mary Cassatt lived and worked in France. In 2012, Gianne was a resident painter and exhibited on site in the garden Jardin des Méditerranées at the Domaine du Rayol in the south of France. In December 2012, she painted a series of paintings at the historic vineyard Hospice du Clos Cristal that were exhibited at the Saumur Hospital.

In 2013, Gianne was the inaugural artist in residence at the Casa Romantica Cultural Center of San Clemente in California and mounted a sold-out exhibition in the Center. In 2014-15, she completed a first of a two-part residency at the Hortense Miller Garden in Laguna Beach, California where, in addition to painting, Gianne conducted art walks and lectures. In Spring 2014, she was invited to be the artist in residence at the Hanbury Botanic Gardens, the home of the Botanical chair of the University of Genoa, Italy. In Spring 2015, Gianne returned to the Hortense Miller Garden residency with a solo exhibition on site in Laguna Beach, California. She was invited to be the artist in residence at the famed La Mortella gardens on the island of Ischia near Naples, Italy in the Fall of 2015.

Gianne was designated as the cultural Artist in Residence 2014 and 2015 for the city of Menton in southern France, painting in four municipal gardens. Gianne organized an exhibition sponsored by the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association where on-location paintings from their sister cities (Menton; St. Ives, UK; San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; and Laguna Beach) would be exhibited. In November 2015, she painted in St. Ives, in Cornwall, England and in San Jose del Cabo in Baja, Mexico in February 2016. The one-month Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association solo show and exhibition was presented at 7° Event Center in May, 2016.
Her first solo museum show was in 2016 in Bormes les Mimosas, France.

Gianne was the artist in residence in the Garden of Ninfa, Italy Fall 2016. The paintings were exhibited in Sermoneta, Italy in 2017 at the Caetani Foundation Castello. Gianne returned to La Mortella gardens on the island of Ischia, again as an invited artist in spring 2017.

Gianne has organized an exhibition and series of residencies for the Newport Beach Sister City Association and was accepted to exhibit in the Newport Beach Public Library in 2019. Gianne travelled as artist in residence to Antibes, France; Okazaki, Japan; Baja Cities, Mexico, and Newport Beach to prepare for this exhibit. She was the first artist invited in the Parc du Bagatelle, Paris, France with the paintings exhibited for the Chopin Society during their summer concert series.  She painted on the Lake Garda in Northern Italy in the Fall 2019. Gianne exhibited in a group show “Unusual Views” at the Descanso Gardens in Los Angeles in 2019. She was invited to paint in the Les Colombières Garden on the French Riviera in 2019. She exhibited in a group show with the California Art Club; Mars, an Artistic Mission in 2021, and had a painting selected for the Laguna Museum auction benefit ‘California Cool’. She participated as an invited juror for the “Festival of Gardens of the Côte d’Azur” in France and had a solo exhibition at the Palazzo Contarini-Polignac in Venice, Italy which accompanied a painting residency at the Giardino Palazzo Reale in Venice.

She was invited to paint and show for the Sherman Garden Newport Beach Garden Tour and exhibited at the Huntington Beach Art Center in Scapes and Scope: Visions of the Land, Sea, and Urban Spaces. In February 2022, Gianne participated again in the Laguna Museum of Art California Cool Auction and has been once again invited for the 2023 edition. She was the featured artist for 2022 edition of the Newport Garden Tour at Sherman Gardens in California, exhibited at LPAPA gallery and the Art and Nature show in Laguna Beach. Gianne exhibited two large paintings at the John Wayne Airport from spring 2022 to summer 2023.


2006-2008: Atelier Old Master Copies of Christine Tribot la Spiere
2005-2010 Atelier de Beaux-Arts de Paris with Christophe Gantou
1990-1991: American Academy of Rome, Invited Artist
1987-1990: Studio Assistant of Jennifer Bartlett, Paris, France
1982-1984 : University of Paris, La Sorbonne, France. Diploma « French Culture and Civilization »
1973-1977: University of California, Irvine USA. Bachelor of Fine Arts; Painting and Sculpture. Teachers: Tony DeLap, Judy Chicago, Craig Kaufmann, John Paul Jones…

Solo Expositions and Residencies since 2000

2021: Palazzo Contarini-Polignac, residence Giardino Palazzo Reale, Venezia, Italy
2019: Les Colombières, Menton, France (residency)
2019: Newport Center Library, Newport Beach, California (exhibition)
2018: Solo Exposition at Eilenroc Villa, Cap d’Antibes, France
2017: Residency in Antibes at the Villa Fontaine, France
2017: Residency Okazaki, Japan
2017: Tresco Abbey Gardens, UK (residency and exhibition)
2017: La Mortella Garden, Ischia, Italy (residency and exhibition)
2017: ‘Laguna Beach Art of Conservation Sustainable Conference & Expo.’ Susie Q Laguna Beach Community Center
2016: ‘Gardens,’ Bormes les Mimosas, France, Solo Museum show
2016: ‘Sister Cites of Laguna Beach,’ 7°Event Center, Laguna Beach, CA
2015: St Ives, Cornwall UK (residency)
2015: La Mortella Garden, (residency and exhibition), Ischia, Italy
2014/15: Artist in Residence for the City of Menton, France, exhibition in the Serre de la Madone Garden
2014/15: ‘Painting Hortense’s Garden,’ Hortense Miller Gardens, Laguna Beach, CA (residency and exhibition)
2014: ‘Garden of Grace,’ Hanbury Botanic Gardens, University of Genoa, Italy June 2014 (residency and exhibition in Palazzo Hanbury)
2013: ‘In the Garden of the Casa,’ Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, San Clemente, CA (residency and exhibition)
2013: ‘La Dive Bouteille,’ Château de Brezé, France
2012/13: ‘The Four Seasons of the Vine, Hospice de Saumur,’ Hospital of Saumur, France (residency at the Clos Cristal Vineyard)
2012/13: ‘In the Garden of Eden,’ Domaine du Rayol, France (residency and exhibition)
2011: ‘Autour du Jardin de Mary Cassatt,’ Bachivillers, France (residency and exhibition)
2010: ‘Contemporary Plein Air,’ Galerie 32, Ave Matignon, Paris, France
2005: Péristyle of the Grand Theatre, Saumur, France
2004: Espace Godeline, Angers, France
2000: Salon de Mecenat Laurier, Paris, France

Selected Group Expositions since 2000

2023: Sherman Gardens Art Expo, California
2022: LPAPA Squared; Laguna Beach California
2022: Art & Nature; Gallery Q, Laguna Beach
2022/2023: 4x4x15; Vi. Smith Concourse, John Wayne Airport, Newport Beach, California
2022: Laguna Museum of Art; California Cool Auction
2022: Honorary artist for Newport Beach Garden Tour at Sherman Gardens
2022: Best of Plein Air LPAPA, semi-finalist
2021: Huntington Beach Art Center: Scapes and Scope: Visions of the Land, Sea, and Urban Spaces
2021: Laguna Museum of Art; California Cool Auction
2021: Art and Nature; Community Center, Laguna Beach CA
2021: Sherman Gardens Newport Beach Garden Tour, Corona del Mar CA
2021: California Art Club: Mars an Artistic Mission
2019: Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles, CA  “Unusual Views”
2018: CAP Selected pastel pieces, Mayors Office, Laguna Beach, CA
2016: ‘EVENTI 2016,’ sponsored by Center of Art and Culture of Sermoneta, Italy
2015: ‘Hespérides,’ Musée Art & Histoire, Bormes les Mimosas, France
2011: ‘Festival de Basse Navarre,’ St. Jean de Luz, France
2010: ‘Les Clefs des Champs’ Galerie Eraunsia, St. Jean de Luz, France
2007: ‘Salon des Beaux Arts,’ Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
2007: ‘Artists de la Galerie,’ Galerie Jean-Luc Méchiche, Paris, France
2006: ‘Societé Nationale des Beaux Arts,’ Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
2006: ‘Le Livre en Fete,’ Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2006: ‘Emerging Contemporary Artists,’ Montrouge, France
2006: ‘Présence d’Art Contemporaine en Anjou,’ Angers, France
2006: Exposition Internationale de Pastels de Giverny, France
2006: Salon de Montrouge, France
2006: Sale at Christies Auctions, Paris, France
2005: National Museum of Literature, Bucarest, Hungary
2004: ‘LAB’04’ London Artists Book Fair, UK
2004: Villa Cook, Foundation Le Courbusier, Paris, France
2003: ‘Salon d’Automne,’ Paris, France
2002: ‘Burst,’ Slingshot Gallery, V. de Voldère, New York City, NY
2002: ‘Pages’ Book Fair, Paris, France
2002: Salle Gaveau, Paris, France
2001: Colas Foundation, Boulogne, France
2000: ‘Three New Artists,’ Brener La Hune Gallery, Paris, France
2000: Frankfurt Fair, Germany
2000: ‘Salon Lineart,’ Gand, Belgium


2020: Le Petit Cenacle
2019: Newport Beach Cable TV
2018: ARTE television France/Germany. ‘Les Jardins d’Ici et Ailleurs’ with Jean-Philippe Teyssieur
2017: Italian television: Rai I; ‘Sereno Variabile’ Ischia, June, 2017
2017: Radio interview KX93.5 Laguna Beach, CA
2016: Laguna Sister Cities Association, CA
2014: Anna Fill Interviews, Hanbury Garden, Italy
2014: Laguna Beach Sun Post, March 13, 2014
2013: Radio interview, KX95.5 (5/01/13, Tyler Russell) USA
2013: ‘The Medium and the Message,’ San Clemente Journal, CA
2013: Rustica Magazine ‘Bienvenue aux Artistes,’ Olivier Milhoumme
2012: Courrier de l’Ouest ‘Quatre Saisons de la Vigne Illuminent le hall du Centre Hospitalier’
2012: Var Matin ‘Gianne de Genevraye pose son chevalet au Domain,’ Christian Mourgues
2012: Var Matin ‘Peintures in situ au Domain du Rayol,’ Christian Mourgues
2011: ‘Gianne Harper: Hommage à Mary Cassatt,’ Valerie Lejeune, Figaro Magazine
2011: Marie Claire Magazine on line
2011: Le, Culture Events
2011: ‘Hommage à Mary Cassatt,’ Daniel Bonnamour, Courrier Picard
2005: ‘The Days and Nights of Gianne Harper,’ Bertrand Gilet, La Nouvelle Republique, Saumur
2004: ‘The Imaginary Landscapes of Gianne Harper,’ Courrier d’Ouest, Culture, Angers
2002: Slingshot Gallery Show, Figaro New York
2002: ‘Seizing the Light: The Paintings of Gianne Harper,’ Patricia Levin, Los Angeles

Lectures, Workshops and Conferences

2023: Annenberg Foundation, Rancho Mirage, California
2023: Laguna Community Center, Three-day workshop, California
2023: Sherman Gardens, Corona Del Mar, California workshop
2022: Annenberg Foundation, Rancho Mirage, California; workshop
2022: Sherman Gardens; workshop
2021: Sherman Gardens; workshop
2021: Susie Q Center; zoom workshop
2021: Casa Romantica; zoom workshop
2020: Annenberg Foundation, Rancho Mirage, California; workshop
2019: Newport Center Public Library: Lecture
2019: Annenberg Foundation, Rancho Mirage, California; workshop
2018: Annenberg Foundation, Rancho Mirage, California; workshop
2017:The Art of Conservation Sustainability Conference, Laguna Beach, CA
2017: Workshop Hortense Miller Garden, Laguna Beach CA
2017: Workshop Annenberg Foundation, Rancho Mirage, California
2016: Workshop Annenberg Foundation, Rancho Mirage, California
2016: Workshop, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, invited artist
2015: Evening Salon with Gianne de Genevraye, Laguna Beach Community Center, CA
2014: Conference ‘Negative Space’, Association Cimiez, Nice, France
2013: Conference; ‘Artist Process at the Casa,’ Casa Romantica Cultural Center, San Clemente, CA
2012: Conference ‘Artist in Residence’ Domaine du Rayol, France


2022: RDC: Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains
2021: Palazzo Contarini-Polignac, Venezia, Italy
2021: Giardino Palazzo Reale, Adèle RéRebaudango, Italy
2019: Parc Les Colombières, France
2018: Parc du Bagatelle, Paris, France
2017: William Walton Foundation, Ischia, Italy
2017: Susie Q Community Center, Laguna Beach, CA
2017: Abbey Tresco Gardens, Isles of Scilly, UK
2016: Sister Cities of Laguna Association, CA
2016: 7° Event Center, Laguna Beach, CA
2015: William Walton Foundation, Ischia, Italy
2015: University of Genoa, Italy: Hanbury Gardens, Italy
2014: Hortense Miller Garden, Laguna Beach, CA
2013: Casa Romantic Cultural Center San Clemente, CA
2012: Domaine du Rayol, France
2012: Domaine Clos Cristal, Hospice de Saumur, France
2001: Colas Foundation, France