It is not unusual for Yvette Sikorsky to feel as if she is entering into protracted hostilities with one of her paintings. The creation of her explosive artwork seems to transpire at the level of either love or war. When a piece reaches her expectations, however; she is overcome with satisfaction; but at other times, a painting becomes intractable to the extent that she must leave it alone for weeks and let it 'rest' until she can resume work on it with a fresh perspective.
The arduous journey of creation begins when she lays on color to canvas with a palette knife, then brushes it out, and because of the characteristic fluidity and opacity of acrylic, uses a blower to stretch and manipulate the hues.
Following in the artistic footsteps of her parents, Yvette's career began in France, in the mid '50s, when this Parisian-born fledgling artist, after studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, began exhibiting at her uncle's gallery, Salon Violet.
Interestingly, she describes her early work as being to some degree ' academic' until the 1980's, when she began creating abstracts that received critical acclaim at the Paris International Exhibition, which led her to commit her full attention exclusively to works in this genre.
Although art critics subsequently labeled Sikorsky an abstract-expressionist, she feels her work is neither abstraction nor expressionism, but 'wind-blown created motifs.'
As one might gather from her turbulent, vibrating, sensuous images, the artist, like her paintings, is a whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm. Having had numerous group exhibitions throughout New York, where she now resides, and particularly in SoHo's row of prestigious galleries, she has also enjoyed enthusiastic praise for one-woman show in Paris, New York, and Connecticut, and is listed in the Encyclopedia of Living Artists, as well as ranking among Manhattan ARt Magazine's 'Artists of the 1990's'.