Jacques Vesery

Jacques Vesery is an Artist/ Sculptor from Damariscotta and has lived in Maine for over 25 years. Striving to create an illusion of reality, his vision and inspiration begins with repetitive patterns derived from the ‘golden mean’ or ‘divine proportions’. The marriage of pattern, form and proportion conveys a sense of growth from within each of his pieces.

His work is in numerous public and private collections including the Detroit Institute of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum of Honolulu, Yale University Art Gallery, Peabody-Essex Museum and The Carnegie Museum. He is a Maine Arts Commission Fellow for 2000 and received the title of “Master Craft Artist” and lifetime membership from the Maine Crafts Association in 2011. Jacques has lectured on design and concepts within his work in France, Italy, Turkey, China, England, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Nepal, Cambodia and 28 US states at such locations as Journees Mondiales du Tournage D’art Sur Bois Congres, The Escoulen School, Arrowmont, Anderson Ranch, `Aha Hana Lima- Hawaii and Haystack Mt. School.

He has participated in many collaborative art projects around the world and has been the lead artist for two such events, “The Kopru Project” in Eskisehir, Turkey in 2015 and “Brick by Brick” in Nepal in 2016. Jacques recently taught “Collaboration” at Harvard University in a class titled “Creating Things that Matter” for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for two semesters as well. His work has been included in over 30 publications including ”100 Artists of New England” released in the spring of 2011. Other books include ‘Scratching the Surface’, ‘Wood Art Today’, ‘Natured Transformed’ and ‘New Masters of Woodturning’.

There are threads that keep us connected to varied layers in life and I am linked to my work by them. Born under the sign of Aquarius I am always a part of water, sea and ocean. I have lived above an below the waves that couple me to the spirit in what I create and there is a vertical line binding sea and sky to my subconscious. This is where I store things that are second nature…color, balance, proportion, attention to detail and numbers… numbers that are the glue holding all this together. The threads are the nature of me…I see threads everywhere with magnified detail.

From Maine Magazines’ “See” section Sept. 2010 Written by Deborah Weisgall “Jacques Vesery’s objects exist somewhere between utility and fantasy, between the real world and a place where wonder is the purpose of all things. Turner and carver. Sculptor and painter. Craftsman and artist. What Vesery is fits no definition. What he does is this: he fashions wood into tangible marvels, luminous containers for his spirit.” From the essays of the Surface+Form Exhibit, Perth, Australia Jacques Vesery’s richly carved vessels participate in the great decorative arts tradition of obets de vertueconfections of craft skill and rich material that have little point other than their fabulousness. Vesery’s precursors are not necessarily to be found in the woodturning movement, but rather in the deluxe playthings of the wealthy: Faberge’ eggs, Meissen porcelain cups and the like. Though some of the materials are the most obvious touches of luxury, the small scale of his objects are the real key to their sense of preciousness….

Life Before Art… not really, but sort of…Jacques has been making things since the age of three and has had somewhat of a “Renaissance Life”. His last art class was in 7th grade, but Jacques spent most of his High School years in the Industrial Arts wing. In one year Jacques received 22 awards at the North Jersey Student Craftsman’s Fair for such projects as a cast bronze bell, photography, printing and architectural design with model & blue prints. After High School he joined the US Navy and was a Quartermaster [Navigation], Ship’s Photographer and “unofficial” Ship’s Artist/ Illustrator on a Nuclear Submarine, the USS George Washington SSBN 598, home port Pearl Harbor Hawaii.

After active duty, Jacques stayed in Hawaii and became the Zamboni driver at the only ice rink on the Islands. He also started creating scrimshaw and worked as a Scrimshander in Hawaii, then Cape Cod and New Jersey after returning to the East Coast. Jacques then served as the Ranger of Camp Tamarack for the NJ BSA, District Fire Warden and firefighter for NJ Forest Fire Service and NJ Search & Rescue. In 1991, he and his wife Minda moved to Maine for her Family Practice Residency.

Jacques played the part of full-time “stay at home” Dad, part-time artist, woodturner, furniture-maker, gallery owner, etc. In 1998 his textured work was recognized on a national level and has been creating the body of work represented in these pages ever since. The rest is history, or history in the making…. He has had the honor of traveling the world to share his work and insights including 12 trips to Europe to lecture plus Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, France and Italy in 2010 alone. In his free time he enjoys cycling, hiking, ice skating, cooking and gardening. Jacques, his wife Minda, and their sons Isaac and Jonah enjoy living, working, and playing in Maine…”the way life should be”…

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