Jackie Saccoccio — Abstract gestural painter

Jackie Saccoccio (December 16, 1963 – December 4, 2020) was an American abstract painter who focused on gestural abstraction creating spontaneous abstract works with a focus on bright colors, large canvases, and deliberately introduced randomness. Her works have been displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Museum of Fine Art in Boston and were represented by the Van Doren Waxter gallery. She was a recipient of the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) Artadiaaward (2015) and had also received grants from the Fulbright-Hays(1990), John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2000), and the American Academy in Rome.

Ms. Saccoccio belonged to a generation of female artists now in their 40s and 50s who added a new vitality to abstract painting beginning around the turn of the 21st century, including Charline von Heyl, Julie Mehretu, Joanne Greenbaum, Michaela Eichwald, Amy Sillman, Katharina Grosse and Cecily Brown. Most of them saw new potential in the art of the past, and several, like Ms. Saccoccio, experimented with paint handling and randomness.

With an abstract gestural painting, the point is not what gets painted. The point is how it gets painted. Rather than applying paint to a surface in a controlled, premeditated way, gestural painters apply paint intuitively, physically, by dripping, pouring, splattering, wiping, dumping, spraying, or whatever. The type of paint does not matter, nor does it matter what else besides paint ends up on the surface. What matters are physicality, honesty, intuition and deep personal expression. Abstract gestural painters explore their deepest emotions, their primal realities, and they express that part of themselves during the physical act of painting. The painting itself is a relic of the action; it is a recording of the gestures made; it is the aesthetic remnant of something earnest, intuitive, idiosyncratic and
free.

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