Jacques Vesery

Jacques Vesery (US)
Jacques Vesery (US) in the Daniel Collection

Artist’s Statement

“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 and 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…colour, 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”


Review 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.” (Maine Magazine, Sept. 2010 issue)

“Jacques Vesery’s richly carved vessels participate in the great decorative arts tradition of obets de vertue- confections 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….”  (From the Surface+Form Exhibition, Perth, Australia.)

Permanent Collections

  • Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin “Art Museum of Myrtle Beach”,  SC (2012)
  • The Carnegie Art Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (2010)
  • Pôle des Métiers d’Art du Bois, Bréville, France (2008)
  • Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT (2007)
  • Yamanaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Osaka, Japan (2007)
  • American Association of Woodturners, St. Paul, MN (2006)
  • Univ. of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI (2004)
  • Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI (2000)
  • Northwest Airlines Corporate Collection, Tulsa, OK  (2000)
  • Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, HI (1999)

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