are about moments that transport us beyond every day life and speak to our common experiences.
Life drawing is where I found my love for the human form. Oil painting is where I discovered my passion for expressing moments of thought… There is no other medium so well suited for conveying emotion and inspiration.
Technically, my pallet is simple. Somewhere along the way I discovered Thalo for shading. This is what gives my work it's noted cooler appearance. I put more detail into my shadows than traditional figurative teaching recommends. In my opinion this adds a dimension of depth that has been overlooked.
I hope my work inspires you. :-)
"I loved the fact that the woman's expression carries a lot of thought. Placing the head facing out is a difficult composition. The dark and hard edge going out the bottom left balanced the entire piece. Great painting!"
"This painting blew me away. What can I say - very unconventional, powerful and brave design. I love the rendering of the flesh tones and the hair everything is done well and nothing is overstated. She is looking into the future with strength and determination while still having so much beauty, grace and femininity .... it's a stunner. Bravo! I would hang on to this one Jacquelyn."
"With superb drawing, edges and value,
Jacquelyn creates a sensitivity that stops time."
Expressive and full of mystery, Jacquelyn's intimate figurative works evoke elements of timelessness and portray a deep connection to her subjects.
- Informed Collector
• 2011 "Finalist" Raymar
Juror –Scott Christensen
• 2011 "Best of Show" Raymar
Juror –Aaron Westerberg
• 2010 "Top 10" FineArtViews National Competition
Juror –Nancy Guzik
• 2010 "Finalist" RayMar Fine Art's Competition "
Juror –Clint Watson
• 2009 "Top 10" FineArtViews National Competition
Juror –Jeremy Lipking
• 2009 “Top !0 Finalist Bold Brush National Competition
Juror –Nancy Guzik
• 2009 "Finalist" Michigan Portrait Invitational
Juror –Carl Samson
• 2006 "Peoples Choice Award" Dennos Museum
Juried Fine Art Exhibit
Western Art & Architecture Featured Artist August 2011
Western Art Collector Art of the New West September 2010
American Art Collector Traditional Artist Focus March 2010
Southwest Art Emerging Artist, January 2010
American Art Collector Great American Figurative Artist Exhibition November 2009
American Art Collector Introductions February 2009
Western Art & Architecture
With and eye toward truth, oil painter Jacquelyn Bischak’s figurative and still-life works reflect not only what she sees in the world.... they convey it's beauty masterfully. Implicit in her work is the delicate balance of what is there and what we actually see. Subtle harmonies of color and exacting brushwork as well as the sensitive handling of textures enhance the intimacy of her paintings.
“I draw upon my years of experience as an abstract painter, which gave me solid fundamental understandings.”
Jacquelyn reminds the viewer that paintings are examined through our many accumulated experiences and beliefs…
“Art may be many things... not always pleasant. Touching the human spirit is work I take seriously and enjoy throughly. I connect with the people I paint... and hope to convey something transformative about them."
Some of Jacquelyn awards include top 12 Finalist 2012 Raymar; Best of Show in 2011; 2010 Driehaus Award, for Midwestern Artist, Driehaus Foundation, Chicago, Illinois; 2010 and 2009 Top 10 Fine Art Views National Competition. Her work has shown in the Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkart, Indiana and, the Dennis Museum in Traverse City Michigan.
By Bonnie Gangelhoff
Jacquelyn Bischak remembers well the morning recently that she and her daughter, Tatiana, went out on their customary morning walk and she witnessed a captivating scene. Tatiana, still in her nightshirt and a little sleepy, stopped for a second, reached for a dogwood blossom, and held it up to her face. Bischak recalls blurting out to her daughter, “Hold it. I have to get my camera.” Her daughter joked back to her mom, “Don’t you ever stop?”
Indeed, Bischak’s daughter and her husband, are all too familiar with her penchant for “holding” moments when the light is perfect and the mood compelling. The Michigan-based painter admits she relishes keeping her two main models close to home. Bischak eventually titled the early morning scene of her daughter and the dogwood REVERIE (shown at right), and it is currently on view through December 15 in a group figurative show at Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA.
The amazing thing to know about Bischak is that she didn’t start showing her work nationally until a few years ago. On a whim, she entered the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition held in 2007 at Whistle Pik Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX, and was accepted into the prestigious event. However, although she has only begun gaining notice in some of the top national shows, Bischak is a self-described “life-long artist.” For starters, she studied painting and drawing at Eastern Michigan University, but it was during a time when there wasn’t much room for women realist painters in Michigan, she says. Thus, after graduation Bischak entered the commercial illustration field, working for advertising agencies such as Leo Burnett and specializing in auto industry clients. But she continued to draw, paint, and develop her visual voice in her spare time.
In 1998, her family moved from the small farming community of Milford to Frankfort, MI. With the move came a shift in her professional goals, and she became a full-time fine artist, painting in a number of different genres. As her daughter moved into her teen years, she began to focus her talents more and more on figurative works. “I think the biggest attraction for me to figurative painting is that it involves human emotion,” Bischak says. “And I’m drawn to oil because no other medium is so suited for the display of human emotion.”
Over the years, it should come as no surprise that she has been drawn to the dark, realistic style of the turn-of-the-century American masters as well as the European William Bouguereau—an artist she admires for his amazing ability to paint human flesh. Bischak’s main mission: “I want to stay focused on beauty but without too much sentiment,” she says. “I want my paintings to be an emotional experience for viewers, and I want it to be positive.”
Great American Figurative Exhibition, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, through December 15.
International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition, J. Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA, February 8-26.
Group show, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, March 2010.