Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Announcing my first SOLO SHOW this Spring: I'm very happy to announce that 15 paintings in the UNDERGROUND Series will be on exhibit at The New School in New York City from May 20 through June 2, 2014. The opening reception is on Tuesday, May 20, 6 to 8 pm.

The New School is located at 66 West 12 Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The show is upstairs in the Bridge Gallery, on the fourth floor; sign in with the lobby guard. Exhibit runs May 20 – June 2; open 10am - 6pm, Mon. through Sat. No fee.

Friday, June 29, 2012


This blog hosts the large-scale watercolors in my "Underground" series of New York City subway images.

Please visit my updated website  for more images, plus statement and pricing information. Bio and CV are also below.

Double-click on any image to see a larger image with thumbnails below. Both original paintings and digital prints are available.

Most of the paintings are 22x30" on Arches 300-lb. paper, unless otherwise noted.
All work Copyright 2011-13 by Joan Iaconetti.

Website for my "Watercolor for Absolute Beginners" classes:  

Underground: Wet Floor II 
Watercolor West, 45th Annual Exhibition, Los Angeles CA, October 2013

Underground: 2 Levels  (Diptych, 30x44")  

Underground: Ascending  

Underground: 6 LCL Black

Underground: The Killer

Underground: Descending 
Allied Artists of America, 99th Annual Exhibit, November 2012

Underground: Curve  

Underground: Morning Commute   NFS (digital prints available)
National Watercolor Society, 92nd Annual Exhibition, September 2012

Study for Underground: Elev 52 & Lex  .  26x40" 

Underground: Girders  .  2012

Underground: Between the Cars  

Underground: 6 LCL Blue  

Underground: Study for Flooded . 15 x 22"

Underground: Study for Window 28  .  15x22" 


Joan Iaconetti Watercolors

After I moved from the midwest to New York in 1980, I maintained a small private psychotherapy practice and worked as a management consultant/trainer. Later I became a fulltime freelance magazine features writer and travel photographer, writing a management book and contributing to dozens of national magazines for over two decades.

In 1998 I took up watercolor on a lark. Mostly self taught, I began giving basic watercolor classes in 2004 in The New School's IRP program, and soon began painting seriously. A few years later I attended a demo of "non-traditional" techniques at the American Watercolor Society exhibit. I had been wanting to take watercolor "beyond pretty," and realized these rough, impressionist techniques were perfect for depicting the grit and power of a mundane yet sometimes ominous facet of urban life: the Underground, the New York City subway system.

Exhibitions and Awards
Watercolor West, 2013 Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA
The National Watercolor Society, 2012 Exhibition, Los Angeles CA
Allied Artists of America, 2012 Exhibition, New York City
Salmagundi Art Club, 2012 Student Exhibit, Awarded Best in Class
Salmagundi Art Club, NYC: 2011 Student Exhibit, Awarded Best in Show
The Atlantic Gallery, New York, "Toys" 2007 group exhibit

Eight paintings in private collections in New York and Los Angeles.

Press / Text

Moody Noir Watercolors of the Subway
THE SUBTERRANEAN JUNGLE—The Subway Art Blog first spotted these eerie, almost colorless watercolors by local artist Joan Iaconetti. Though she doesn't set up her easel down there for fear of being bulldozed by hordes of commuters, she carefully surveys her scenes and eliminates many details present in real life—think trash cans, people—the lack of which gives her work a romantic, noir-ish vibe. "I work in thick, impressionist watercolor, simplifying complex station architecture into ragged shapes of light and dark, illuminated by the fractured light of speeding trains," she tells Curbed. "Riding the underground combines the mundane with the vaguely menacing, and that rushed, off-balance feeling is what these paintings try to capture." Iaconetti teaches six-week classes in watercolor on Union Square. - Hana Alberts

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Stunning Subway Watercolors

Check out these incredibly dramatic watercolor paintings by artist and teacher Joan Iaconetti. The MTA should just post her paintings over the actual surfaces underground. Maybe some riders would smile on occasion.
- Jowy Romano


BS, University of Dayton
MA, Northern Illinois University
The Cooper Union, New York City
The Art Students League
Studied with master watercolorists Mel Stabin, Frank Webb, 
Paul Ching-Bor, Tim Saternow, Frank O'Cain and Antonio Masi.