Pairings: 16 Artists Creatively Combined at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

October 2016

Four Dolby Chadwick Gallery Artists will be featured in Pairings: 16 Artists Creatively Combined. "A great match for wine country, Pairings: 16 Artists Creatively Combined brings together artworks, rather than food and wine, in order to create surprising but harmonious combinations."… read more

Large Chart (Triptych), 2015 | Acrylic resin, stains, spray paint on wood panel | 65 x 100 inches

Widewalls reviews Jaq Chartier's exhibition at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Jaq Chartier at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

March 2015

Throughout the history of art, artists have adopted different forms of abstraction, demonstrating them through ways that would define a few avant-gardes. The notion of narrowing everything down to pure primary color and a web of straight and horizontal lines was the guiding idea of the Dutch movement De Stijl, while a handful of creators at the beginning of the 20th century also developed Geometric abstraction and Suprematism, starting with Malevich and Mondrian. Today, inspired by science and the chromatic interactions, Seattle-based artist Jaq Chartier gives birth to colorful abstract paintings, that are much more than just visually appealing.… read more

Elephant Ear Coral Landscape, 2013

New American Paintings: "Disappearing Act: Jaq Chartier's Climate-Changing Paintings"

September 2013

Jaq Chartier’s (NAP #13, #31, #61) paintings like to pose as objects other than paintings. The Seattle artist and cofounder of Aqua Art Miami is best known for Testing, an ongoing that physically experiments with her materials and processes. Chartier integrates paint with saturated inks, stains and dyes she designs to evolve over time, creating large, hyper-saturated canvases that pulse with patterns and forms that reference the imagery of contemporary science—DNA strands, glass slides, microbodies— and ultimately behave as visual experiments themselves. - Erin Langner, Seattle Contributor… read more

New York Observer on Jaq Chartier

On Display: Jaq Chartier at Morgan Lehman

March 2011

To make Large Spectrum Chart, which is both the highlight of “Slow Color” at Morgan Lehman and an important reference for its other pieces, Jaq Chartier began with a 40-inch-by-50-inch gessoed white panel. Using an eyedropper, she laid out 19 long rows of small vertical lines in a variety of stains. She covered the stains with spray-painted, horizontal bars in several shades of white. And then she laid over this deceptive whiteness a varnish whose interaction with the paint caused the stains to come blooming through.… read more

"Chart w/ 11 Whites," 2008, acrylic, stains, and spray paint on wood panel, 28" x 36" Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Jay Chartier Artist Profile for Art ltd.

Jaq Chartier

August 2008

The question “Is it science or art?” is both redundant and moot for Seattle-based painter Jaq Chartier. In her work, science and art merge in a kind of mutual commentary, grounded in the artist’s exacting trials and tests. Her compositions offer smears and stains atop off-white planes, viral-looking shapes weeping and bubbling up in extravagant DayGlo colors: fuchsias upon acid greens upon turquoise, blood-orange into canary yellow, flowing into each other with fuzzy, Rothko-esque transitions. Rarely have de-facto science experiments exuded such panache.… read more

Kenneth Baker reviews Jaq Chartier for SF Chronicle

Art grapples with science and politics

March 2004

Seattle painter Jaq Chartier elegantly handles a problem inherited from the modernist mainstream: how to give abstraction meaning without reference. The problem lingers from the days when an ideological divide separated abstractionists and image-makers. Depiction disguised a painting's nature as a fabricated thing, practitioners of abstraction thought then. Imagery also ignored the etherealizing effect and spiritual implications that abstract work might evoke.… read more