Yvonne Jacquette was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1934 and spent her youth in Stamford, Connecticut. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design from 1952 to 1956. She lives and works in New York City and Searsmont, Maine and was married to the late filmmaker Rudy Burckhardt.
Jacquette is an artist enamored with the aerial view. All works begin with direct studies made with pastel on paper from jet airplanes, city high-rises, or from rented single-engine planes. Critic Carter Ratcliff observes, “She offers segments of unbounded territories. At this stage, light looks like evidence of form’s fluidity.” In her nocturnes, point of view transforms the image (whether highway, nuclear plant, or city building) into patterns of luminosity.
Her landscapes have shown in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s “Nocturnal Visions in Contemporary Painting” at Equitable Center; in the “International Survey of Painting and Sculpture” at the Museum of Modern Art; and in the traveling exhibition “New Work on Paper” organized by the Museum of Modern Art. As a painter and printmaker, Jacquette’s first screenprints were completed in 1992 at Stewart & Stewart in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.