Ahead of the dual exhibition ‘Antiquity’ with Jack Paterson and Ilaria Yakimov, we thought we’d chat with each artist exploring their practise and what brought them to putting on the exhibition.

Below is our chat with Jack, featuring wisdom from Rembrandt and his inspirations as an artist.

Hi Jack, thanks for taking the time to chat with CHYA, how are you and what are you up to at the moment?

I’m doing fine, I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Visual Art with a minor in philosophy at Deakin University in Geelong, as well as painting and drawing regularly.

Congrats on the exhibition coming up at CHYA, can you fill us in on how that came to fruition?

Thanks! It’s great to be involved. My partner Ilaria mentioned the call for artists in 2016 so I managed to get an interview but was unsuccessful that time. I decided to try again for the 2018 exhibition space, my skill and technique had developed a lot since then so I succeeded.

And what should our attendees expect with this collection of works?

Traditional paintings and drawings that are made with technical skill, patience and love. It will be both aesthetically pleasing and thought provoking.

How long have you been putting these pieces together?

Since early 2017 right through to the start of the exhibition.

Going back to the beginning, do you remember your first experience with art and what it was you created?

I don’t remember my first experience, however I have always been drawing since a young age.

What’s been your artistic journey to get you to where you are now?

I was initially inspired by my parents work, but eventually discovered the Old Masters like Velasquez, Ingres, Degas, French/Russian 19th century painting and the Baroque. It would be hard to pinpoint any movement or artist, nonetheless my passion for art started at home. I also completed my diploma at RMIT which has taught me a lot about printmaking, drawing, and other methods of working. However, I think I still have a long way to go in terms of my development as an artist, and would like to develop my skills as much as possible.

You’ve developed quite a distinctive style with your pieces and still life works, was this style apparent early on in your works?

My early work consisted of portrait drawings from life, however I have begun painting and drawing a much wider variety of subjects including still life and landscapes. My drawings have been heavily influenced by Greek and Roman sculpture, the Renaissance period and my paintings have been influenced by the French impressionists, realism, and Baroque art. After painting and drawing many copies of various masters, I have developed a sense of aesthetic taste. I have a fondness for painting landscapes since I first admired Arthur Streeton’s work, however, one day I would like to be a professional portrait painter.

What draws you to recreating/capturing real life objects?

Reality constantly presents itself in various beautiful ways, we just have to stop and look to take notice of it. I take pleasure in being an observer in life and am inspired to share it with people. As I am not a very communicative person, I like to share this passion through painting and drawing – I think it is the virtuous, natural expression of human creativity.

What’s been the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an artist?

“Choose only one master – Nature” – Rembrandt

The best advice is in the books of the Old Masters, if not advice from them, then who else?

What are you hoping for attendees to get out of your exhibition?

I want the viewers to enjoy the work as much as I have enjoyed making them, I want it to be a refreshing experience that gives people faith in art.

You can follow Jack on Instagram, and catch the opening of the exhibition on Friday, June 8 from 6-8pm.

Images supplied by Jack.