Jack Gallienne’s (Little Jack) Tinsel Paintings
John Mahy Gallienne
‘Le p’tit Jacques’
Tinsel paintings combined with work from other artists.
From his best-known images of the ‘Vega’ Red Cross ship to religious texts or celebrations of marriage, Jack was the man to commission a personalised work of art between the 1940s and ’70s in the western parishes of Guernsey. He used a technique of reverse painting on glass with metallic foil, known as ‘tinsel painting’ (a technique popular in America during the late 19th century). The image is painted with the detail first, then infilled with paint to give colour to the cigarette packet foil that is either stuck to a backing board or rolled onto the painted glass while wet, clamping all together into a picture frame or tea tray.
His tinsel paintings shine on as a reminder of a poignant time and place on this island and have left a legacy that can carry on helping others. A set of cards has been published to coincide with this show, the profits of which are being donated to the British Red Cross. This selection of his surviving paintings was gathered together after an article In Les Tortévalais Magazine brought to light most of this collection. The generous loaning of these family heirlooms has enabled this exhibition to be realised and maybe inspire new works using these techniques.
This exhibition is being curated by Keith Langlois.