By Matt Hardman, Seraphin Gallery Resident
On October 23, 2015, Seraphin Gallery hosted an opening reception for Yvonne Jacquette, an American painter born in 1934, in Pittsburgh, PA. Jacquette grew up in Stamford, CT and attended the Rhode Island School of Design from 1952 to 1955. The artist specializes in capturing aerial perspectives of cityscapes. She has had an impressive career; spanning for several decades, her work has been exhibited in over 40 institutions across the country, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In recent years, Jacquette’s work has become more abstract favoring an emotional response to the excitement of urban living rather than almost purely representational.
The opening reception was a success as the gallery filled with people eager to see Jacquette’s work in person. Viewers expressed admiration for the artist’s use of color and texture, as well as the impressive scale at which she works.
“I like these. Her oils speak to me. There’s really no one else like her.”
Patrons acknowledged Jacquette’s expressive approach to capturing her aerial views. Commenting on the work’s abstract qualities and how it lends itself to a deeply emotional perspective, viewers were moved by her nocturnal landscapes.
“She really captures the emotions of flight, these [Maine Night Lights] feel like coming home.”
Jacquette has recently made the decision to spend more time in Philadelphia, where she plans to continue her work of depicting urban life. The artist still travels between New York City and Searsmont, Maine which has been the paramount material of her career. Seraphin Gallery is proud to present Yvonne Jacquette: Aerials, running from October 23 through December 6, 2015.