Bank RI Gallery
about the gallery
The BankRI Gallery is a public exhibition space showcasing the distinctive works of contemporary artists living and working in Rhode Island.
Since 1998, BankRI has proudly celebrated the talent and vision of Rhode Island visual artists with three branch galleries. To this day, the bank continues to support and laud the efforts of Rhode Island’s creative community. The galleries are popular exhibition spaces, with exhibits rotating on a monthly basis.
The BankRI Galleries are curated by Paula Martiesian, a Providence-based artist and arts advocate. See her work at paulamartiesian.com
March Press Release
BankRI Turks Head Gallery: “Photographs by Paul Yacovone Jr.,” March 7 through April 3, 2019. The branch is located at One Turks Head Place in downtown Providence. There is a Gallery Night reception on March 21st from 5 to 8:30 pm.with music by Mark Armstrong and light refreshments. Hours are Monday through Wednesday 8:30 am to 4 pm and Thursday through Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm. The gallery is closed on weekends. For more information, call 401-574- 1330 or check http://www.facebook.com/BankRhodeIsland
Meet the Artist
PAUL YACOVONE JR (1950-2017)
Born only eleven months apart Jane Yacovone and her brother Paul Yacovone were always close. They grew up together with their younger siblings Anne Carchia and Mark Yacovone in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Providence and they both gravitated to the arts. Jane is a photographer and taught art for many years. Paul was a master framer and owned his own business Accent Framing in Cranston. When he wasn’t designing unique frames for his customers, he was quietly putting together an impressive body of work with his own photography.
When Paul passed away in 2017 at the age of 67, his sister Jane wanted to do something to honor her younger brother and to garner recognition for his photography.. This exhibit at the BankRI Galleries showcases a select group of Paul’s black-and-white photographs that span three decades.
“There was always a camera around the house” Jane remembers. But Paul didn’t become serious about photography until he joined the Navy in the early 1970s on the ship the USS Eugene A. Green. He was his ship’s unofficial photographer – taking, developing and printing photographs. He continued to take photographs after he was discharged from the Navy and kept at it up throughout his lifetime. Later when digital cameras became the norm, Paul embraced the new technology and mastered Photoshop.
“Depasquale Square, 1980”
by Paul Yacovone Jr.(1950-2017)
The resulting body of work reflects the kind of man Yacovone was. He had a quiet, self-effacing manner and a dry sense of humor that served him well. People were comfortable around him and his neighborhood portraits are of people going about their daily lives. His landscapes are reflective studies of nature’s different moods. This is a photographer who never inserted his ego into the photographs he took. His work is based on pure observation. There are no props, no odd or suggestive poses, no dramatic lighting effects. His was an honest look at the world around him.
Side note: On two occasions, Paul Yacovone Jr. came to the BankRI Gallery’s receptions to support artists that he knew. I had heard he was a very good photographer and approached him, curious about his artwork. He seemed uncomfortable in the spotlight and deflected my attempts to ask him about his photographs. I’m happy to be able to showcase his work now.
The BankRI Galleries featured the artworks of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts contemporary artists and are curated by Paula Martiesian, a Providence-based artist and arts advocate.