Don Jacot (American, b.1949) is a Photorealist artist who works in acrylics, oils, gouache, watercolor, and charcoal. Jacot began drawing recreationally in Detroit, MI, in 1981, using charcoal on paper to interpret photographs of works by famous masters, such as Charles Sheeler and Walker Evans. Though he took basic drawing classes at Wayne State University, he is largely self-taught. In 1983, he began to seriously pursue art as a full-time career while working part-time as a physician’s assistant.

He works with regular artists’ brushes, and occasionally uses an airbrush. Influenced by Social Realism, his urban landscapes include commonplace subjects and aging structures. Recently he created a series of paintings around the theme of shop windows. He is best known for his attention to light, color, and form, focusing on objects with particular historical or cultural significance.

Timeline

1949
Born Chicago, IL

Exhibitions

1996
Attention to Detail (Realism in All Forms), Louis K. Meisel Gallery New York, NY
1995–1996
The Chair: Deconstructed/Reconstructed, The Sybaris Gallery Royal Oak, MI
1995
Louis K. Meisel Gallery New York, NY
1995
Xochipilli Gallery Birmingham, MI
1994
An American Vision: Photorealism Paintings, Margulies Taplin Gallery Boca Raton, FL
1993
Really, Real, Realism Show, Jack Wright Gallery Palm Beach, FL
1992
Photorealism for Nashville Collections, Cheekwood Fine Arts Center Nashville, TN
1992
The Mailbox Show, The Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Inst. Detroit, MI
1991
Louis K. Meisel Gallery New York, NY
1990
Don Jacot-El Structures, Xochipilli Gallery Birmingham, MI
1988
Detroit Landscapes, Xochipilli Gallery Birmingham, MI
1985
Urban Realism, Xochipilli Gallery Birmingham, MI