This summer we welcome you to meet Jack Montmeat, an award winning local painter and illustrator. Jack has been teaching classes here at MMoA since 2005 and will offer instruction on figure drawing starting in June.
Growing up in Old Lyme, Jack was inspired by the story of the American Impressionists who created an art colony in the area. He began his artistic journey by taking classes at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. After receiving his BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio in 2002, as well as studying in Paris and Florence, he began painting portraits full-time. Jack has received many awards for his portraiture, including winning first place in the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists “Faces of Spring 2007” exhibition which was juried by renowned portrait artist Aaron Shikler. Jack is a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. He also recently received a Stobart Fellowship, which enabled him to study independently in the museums of Paris.
Jack’s teaching style focuses on the principals of classical art creation. He emphasizes the importance of foundational basics, regardless of the complexity of the piece. When asked to summarize his artistic style, Jack stated:
‘” love the beauty of natural light, the delicate nature of good draftsmanship, and the lore of the great canons of traditional art making. A certain austere study is what I seek in my paintings and drawings, regardless of the subject. I have a studio in East Lyme, CT and days spent quietly working on a portrait or still-life are very fulfilling, studying the play of light across form. I love teaching the timeless principals of draftsmanship and painting; a feeling that the techniques discussed have been discussed in the same way through the ages”