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.”
August 5, 1949
B. A., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL
B.S., Mercy College of Detroit, Detroit, Mich.
Drawing classes at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL.
Drawing classes at Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.
“Urban Realism,” Xochipilli Gallery, Birmingham, Mich., June
“Detroit Landscapes,” Xochipilli Gallery, Birmingham, Mich., January-February
“Don Jacot-EI Structures,” Xochipilli Gallery, Birmingham, Mich., December
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, N.Y., September
Xochipilli Gallery, Birmingham, Mich., January 9-February 6
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, N.Y., March 4-25
Xochipilli Gallery, Birmingham, Mich., December 9-30, “New Work”
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, N.Y., April 3-30
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, Oct. 11-Nov. 1, “Time Considerations”
Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Juried Shows, The Rental Gallery, Detroit Institute of Arts, Mich., March, May
“Update: Detroit Artists,” Cranbrook Academy of Arts Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., February
“Xochipilli Gallery Visits the Millender Center,” Detroit, Mich., June
“Gallery Group,” Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, N.Y., Summer
“Photorealism for Nashville Collections,” Cheekwood Fine Arts Center, Nashville, TN., June 14-21
“Fun & Games,” Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, N.Y., Sept.12 October 3
“The Mailbox Show,” The Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Detroit, Mich., Nov. 5-19 (catalog)
1993 “Really Real, Realism Show,” Jack Wright Gallery, Palm Beach, FL., January 8-29
“Photorealism Since 1980,” Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, N.Y., April 23-June 24
1994 “An American Vision: Photorealism Paintings,” Margulies Taplin Gallery, Boca Raton, FL, March 31-April 23
“What Work Is”, Xochipilli Gallery, Birmingham, Mich., Oct. 6-Nov. 30
“The Chair: Deconstructed/Reconstructed,” the Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
“Paper Work,” Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, Feb. 3-24
“Attention to Detail,”Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, Mar. 2-23
“Hot Time,” Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York
“The Miniature Show,” J.J.Brookings Gallery, San Francisco, Ca., Dec. 3-29
“The New Photorealists,” Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, Dec. 6-20
“Photorealism,” Jaffe Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida, Feb. 12-Mar.7
“Realism Knows No Bounds,” van de Griff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
“Photorealism, The Next Generation,” Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, Nov. 6-27
“See the U.S.A.,” National Building Museum, Washington, DC, Nov.1 9-June, 2000
“The Photorealists,” Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL
“Near and Far,” Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, April-May
“Urban Landscapes,” Louis K.Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, March 2-23
“Photorealism at the Millennium: New Generation Photorealists,” Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
“Iperrealisti,” Chiostro Del Bramante, Rome, Italy, April 5-June 15
“Group Show”, David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, Mi., October 10-30
“Contemporary American Realism VIII,” MA Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
“Toy Stories,” Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York, NY
Painted Faces; Post Modern Portraits, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
Patterson, Kevin E. “Jacot Paints An Earthy Detroit,” The Oakland Press Mi., June9
Bornstein, Benita, “Gallery Show: Urban Realism Captured in Oil,” Mi., June 27, p.unknown ill.
Barron, John. “True Grit,” Monthly Detroit Mi., July, p.51-55, ill.
“Good Afternoon Detroit,” ABC TV, channel 7, WXYZ TV, five minute television story on artist aired October 28
Meilgaard, Manon. “Urban Paintings Done With Warmth, Affection,” Birmingham Eccentric, Mi., January 28, Creative Living Section, p.1, ill.
Colby, Joy Hackanson, “Jacot Puts A Fresh Coat Of Paint On Detroit,” The Detroit News Mi., January 29, pp.1C, SC, ill.
Colby, Joy Hackanson, “Cityscapes-Capturing Detroit On Canvas,” (supplement to the DetroitNews), artist among five interviewed, May 1, cover & p.10-13, ill.
“Spirits Of Detroit,” Detroit Free Press Mi., June 9, ill., Sec. B, p.3 March, Vol.68, No.3, ill.-cover
Barron, John. “True Grit,” The Detroit Monthly Mi., December, p.35, ill.
Colby, Joy Hackanson, “Exhibits,” Detroit News, Mi., December 21, p. lD, 2D, ill.
Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism Since 1980. New York: Harry N, Abrams, p.354-355
Klemic, Mary, “Painter Shares His Love of Urban Life,” The Eccentric Birmingham, Mi., January 4, 1993
Colby, Joy Hackanson, “Artist Tours Detroit With Paint and Brush,” The Detroit News, Mi., January15, ill., Sec. C, p.11
Miro, Marsha, “Painter Captures Pathos of Detroit Landscapes,” Detroit Free Press Mi., January 15, Sec. D, p.9
Bonito, Virginia Anne, Get Real-Contemporary American Realism From The Seavest Collection, North Carolina: Duke University Museum of Art, p. 84-87
Meisel, Louis K., Photorealism at the Millenium, New York, Harry N. Abrams, p.149-154
American Art Collector, December, pp. 62-66, col. ills.
American Art Collector, June, p.108, col. ills.
New York Sun, “Calendar,” July 13, p. 14, col. ill.
Public Collections & Corporate Commissions:
First State Bank of East Detroit
Ameritech Corporation, Detroit, Mi.
Masco Corporation, Detroit, Mi.
PVS Chemical Corporation, Detroit, Mi.
Seavest Collection, New York State