Née en 1955, à Lincoln en Angleterre, dans un univers très artistique, elle arrive en France en 1976 et découvre la terre. Après un voyage au Japon elle commence à cuire ses propres sculptures en 1985 selon la technique du Raku.
Elle réalise ses cuissons à quatre mains avec le sculpteur Alain Kurylo.
Chaque pièce garde son mystère tout au long du chemin de création et de cuisson. Son bestiaire adopte tous les animaux, pièces uniques très expressives. Du lézard à l’ours, de la grenouille aux manchots, ses animaux sont rêveurs, attentifs, boudeurs, timides, joyeux, etc…
Ses chevaux gardent une présence singulière, ronde et douce.
Petits et grands, des milliers d’animaux sont déjà nés de ses mains avides de découvertes. Moutons, tortues géantes, grandes oies et quelques autres spécimens, réalisés en grandeur nature, vivent dans certains jardins privés ou publics, ainsi que dans quelques musées, en Angleterre et en France.
De ses sculptures en Raku, elle édite ses premiers bronzes en 2014 pour les présenter lors d’une exposition personnelle à Bergerac.

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Born in 1955 in Lincoln (England), in a very artistic world, it’s in 1976 that she arrived in France and discovered the clay material. She started firing her own sculptures after a trip to Japan in 1985, according to the Raku firing process. She undertakes her firings alongside Alain Kurylo. Each piece keeps its mystery through the whole process of creation and firing. Her bestiary is composed of all kinds of animals, and those unique pieces are very expressive. From lizard to bear, from frog to penguin, her animals are dreamy, attentive, sulky, shy, happy, etc… Her horses offer a singular and quiet presence. Small or large, thousands of animals were born between Joanna’s hands which are eager for discovery. Sheep, giant turtles, gooses and other kinds of animals, life-sized, live in some public or private gardens or museums, in both France and England In 2014, she chose to cast some of her sculptures made of Raku in bronze for the first time. There were created for the occasion of a personal exhibition at the gallery in Bergerac.
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Avec la galerie :
Exposition personnelle « du Raku au Bronze » – mars 2014   

« Un artiste dans votre chambre » – 20142015
Exposition collective « Grand écart » – novembre 2015   
Exposition collective : « Sculptures au Jardin »201220142016  
Salon d’Art contemporain ART UP! Lille – mars 2017      
Foire européenne d’Art contemporain ST-ART Strasbourg – novembre 2017  
Week-end Café/Rencontre/Dédicace avec Joanna Hair – 2 et 3 décembre 2017    
Salon d’Art contemporain ART UP! Lille – février 2018
Vidéo : Visite d’atelier – 4 minutes   

Committed to living artists for more than 25 years, Bénédicte Giniaux started in the Oise and Paris regions before moving to Bergerac, Dordogne, where she opened her own art gallery in 2011.
In the heart of the historic centre of this charming city, the gallery presents the work of twenty permanent artists. The figurative art, which is here always customised and stylised, remains a priority, through various themes (the world of humans and animals, journeys, nudes, everyday life scenes and still-life paintings). Numerous abstract artworks are also on display.
In this art gallery, poetry, tenderness, humour and life stories are predominant. The artworks are signed by professional artists deeply committed to their work. Some of them even have a solid reputation abroad.
From small to large formats, the artworks are made of bronze, terra cotta, raku, iron, Corten steel, stainless steel, wood, glass fusion, etching, engraving, drawing, collage, watercolour, pastel, acrylic paint, oil paint, photography…

The gallery is run with passion by Bénédicte Giniaux. All her energy is dedicated to various artists, from France and abroad, with whom she chose to work and on long-term partnerships. They work hands-in-hands with a mutual confidence.
Throughout the year, various events give the gallery its tempo: solo or collective exhibitions, in situ with the permanent artists of the gallery, as well as outdoor exhibitions in partnership with important places, such as this summer exhibition at the Château des Vigiers.

“Over the past nine years, the Bénédicte Giniaux art gallery has been able to win over and retain an audience of amateurs and collectors from all over the region and passing through the Dordogne. The quality of the selected artworks, as well as the friendliness of the reception, undoubtedly make it one of the most important art galleries in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.” Florence Peyron

“I have always been working with artists from whom the sensibility and the creative techniques passionate me. I appreciate their investment, their commitment, their artistic search as well as the way they look at their own work. Some of them are present since the beginning of my activities, and when new artists fit in the gallery, my selection criterion are mainly linked with their professional background and I look for long-term partnerships.
All the sculptures and all the paintings are one-offs. Regarding the bronze sculptures, casted in limited edition and numbered, each one of them is called “Épreuve originale”. I never put on display artworks made from resin, neither for indoor nor outdoor.
All the artworks are technically mastered, and I always deliver a certificate of authenticity, alongside a text of introduction or a catalogue about the artist.”
Bénédicte Giniaux

Bénédicte Giniaux dans sa galerie à Bergerac

Over the past nine years, the Bénédicte Giniaux art gallery has been able to win over and retain an audience of amateurs and collectors from all over the region and passing through the Dordogne. The quality of the selected artworks, as well as the friendliness of the reception, undoubtedly make it one of the most important art galleries in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.”   Florence Peyron

“I have always been working with artists from whom the sensibility and the creative techniques passionate me. I appreciate their investment, their commitment, their artistic search as well as the way they look at their own work. Some of them are present since the beginning of my activities, and when new artists fit in the gallery, my selection criterion are mainly linked with their professional background and I look for long-term partnerships.
All the sculptures and all the paintings are one-offs. Regarding the bronze sculptures, casted in limited edition and numbered, each one of them is called “Épreuve originale”. I never put on display artworks made from resin, neither for indoor nor outdoor.
All the artworks are technically mastered, and I always deliver a certificate of authenticity, alongside a text of introduction or a catalogue about the artist.”
Bénédicte Giniaux

Les sculptures de Patrice Mesnier dans sa galerie à Bergerac