NEWPORT, R.I. – Ernest Jolicoeur, the university’s Hamilton Gallery director, is among an exclusive group of artists whose work is currently on exhibit at Gallery Valentine in East Hampton, N.Y.
Jolicoeur has five paintings in the show, “Color Go-Lightly … An Homage to Color” being curated by Laurie De Chiara and Todd Hutcheson. The exhibit, which features many of the biggest names in American Abstraction from the 1950s and 1960s, will run through July 17.
Other artists with work in the show include: Summer Wheat, G.T. Pellizzi, Helen Frankenthaler, Stefan Saffer, Waren Neidich, Robert Motherwell, John Chamberlain, Jim Lambie, Mel Bochner, Willem de Kooning, Peter Zimmerman, Timothy Hutchings, Sarah Crowner, Kristin Baker, Mary Hellmann, Rebecca Raue, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Matthew Satz.
Gallery Valentine is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jolicoeur, who grew up in New England, describes his current work as being tied more directly to the landscape and his interest in renovation. “I see it as a constructive response to the problems of painting and drawing from life,” he states. “Each piece is a composite of plans and elevations pressed together against some kind of armature that can physically adapt, grow and sustain change.”
Jolicoeur has his bachelor of fine arts degree from Rhode Island College and his master of fine arts degree from the Yale School of Art.