Jaq Chartier

Jaq Chartier  (jaqbox.com).  "I’m a painter known for my ongoing body of work called Testing. Each piece begins as a real test, often inspired by scientific images like gel electrophoresis and microbiology. My work features intimate views of materials reacting to each other, to light, and the passage of time. Instead of paint I use my own complex formulas of deeply saturated inks, stains and dyes. And I write notes directly on the paintings to help me track what’s happening in each test. These notes are one of the physical forms I use to display parallels between scientific and artistic exploration. The paintings can be viewed as frozen moments in time when something occurred and was captured in the acrylic film, like a bug in amber. They're also slow-motion performances, gradually changing as the materials continue to interact on a microscopic level. Halos of effusive color emerge where one component in a stain drifts away from it's moorings, creating edges that hover. It's a type of color that suggests something outside of our ordinary, everyday world. Beautiful, but also sort of bizarre – inflamed, infectious-looking, suggestive of energies that we can't see."

Jaq Chartier

What art do you most identify with?

I’m drawn to art that shows a sincere love of the visual and which has an uncomplicated resonance.

If you could own a piece of art by any living artist, what would it be (or whose)?

I’d love to have a room designed by James Turrell!

What kind of art could we find your home?

My husband Dirk and I collect small pieces whenever we can afford it — and we’ve been at it a long time. We have paintings, mini sculptures and lots of works on paper by local artists and artists from around the country. These include Graham Gillmore, William Powhida, Saya Moriyasu, Paul Komada, Jeffry Mitchell, Carlos Mollura, Patte Loper, Gala Bent, John Parot, Gretchen Bennett, Whiting Tennis, Claire Cowie, Cris Bruch, Katy Stone, Tony de los Reyes, Stephanie Syjuco, Paul Nudd, and many others. It’s a pretty eclectic group, but each piece has some kind of special resonance that makes it stand out.

Solo Exhibitions:

  • Color Hunting, Elizabeth Leach Gallery (Portland)
  • A Fever in Matter, Dolby Chadwick Gallery (San Francisco)
  • Testing, Base Gallery (Tokyo)
  • SubOptic, Platform Gallery (Seattle)
  • Slow Color, Morgan Lehman Gallery (New York)

Group Exhibitions:

  • Fiterman Gallery at Borough of Manhattan Community College (New York)
  • Frye Art Museum (Seattle)
  • San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (San Jose)
  • CentrePasqueArt, Kunsthaus Centre d’art (Biel/Bienne, Switzerland)
  • Kunst-Museum (Ahlen, Germany)

Permanent Collections:

  • The Allen Institute (Seattle)
  • The Progressive Art Collection
  • Microsoft (Redmond)
  • City of Seattle, Portable Works Collection (Seattle)
  • Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School (Boston)