The artist, Don Jacot expresses "I identify myself with Photorealism, an art movement some thirty years into its development, but with historical precedents in the origins of optics and photography. Though I have done purely realist paintings, I prefer the clarity and dependability of photo information, especially for landscapes. Working from my own photos but not a slave to them, I feel free to alter perspective, color, the shapes and positions of objects, buildings, etc, in a painting, or to combine elements from sets of photos. I often compose images, which no camera could take. The possibilities are endless, and new artistic developments will probably parallel progress in photography, optics, and computers."
Jacot began drawing in Detroit, Michigan, in 1981 for recreation, using charcoal on paper to interpret photographs of works by famous masters, such as Charles Sheeler and Walker Evans. He took basic drawing classes at Wayne State University and is essentially self-taught. In 1983 he began to seriously pursue art as a full-time career while performing part-time work as a physician's assistant.
Jacot works in acrylics, oils, gouache, watercolor, and charcoal, but concentrates on oil painting. He works with regular artists' brushes and rarely uses an airbrush for touches in a few paintings. Influenced by Social Realism, his urban landscape includes commonplace subjects and aging structures and portrays their "pathos and dignity." Recently he has taken a different approach to the urban environment or the culture in general, and has focused in on the shop window as a motif for a series of paintings. "There I found unusual and complex arrays of consumer items, toys, etc, old and new, mundane or exotic, but always interesting and beautiful to me. I have edited things out of store window settings and then inserted the objects I wanted to see. Sometimes I have fabricated whole images of window displays. My next step is narrowing the frame of reference furtherdown to close-up views of groups of objects, appliances, etc, still within a store window context. By complement and by contrast I combine things from different eras, objects with similar functions or with nostalgic, humorous, or symbolic value, and thereby reflect the culture around me. Beyond that I want to share my fascination with the forms of the things themselves, their colors and surfaces, and their appearances under different lighting, angles, or lens lengths" Jacot explains.
Exhibitions include: Detroit Landscapes," Xochipilli Gallery, Birmingham, MI,January - February 1990 "Don Jacot - El Structures," Xochipilli Gallery, Birmingham, MI, December 1991, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, September 1999 Xochipilli Gallery, Birmingham, MI, January 9 - February 6 1995 Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, March 4-25 1995 Xochipilli Gallery, Birmingham, MI, December 9-30 1999, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, April 3-24.Group Shows;29,1993 "Photorealism Since 1980," Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, April 23 - June 24,1994 "An American Vision: Photorealism Paintings," Margulies Taplin Gallery, Boca Raton, FL, March 31 - April 23.