I am a studio artist concentrating on non-objective and abstract painting. I work primarily in a square format on cradled hardboard, MDF or canvas using acrylic and various acrylic medium. A primary interest of late, since the spring of 2013, is encaustic painting, and so you will see a number of those listed as well. My paintings evolve through a series of additive and subtractive processes (this last includes a good deal of sanding) until there are multiple layers, so that each painting has a history and a sense of mystery. My primary objective is to create works that are both beautiful and interesting and that reflect a sense of aesthetic integrity: that elusive quality that speaks silent volumes when present, and signals its absence just as effectively.
Prior to beginning university-level art courses, I had a strong foundation in painting, drawing, and design from excellent (Hoffmann-trained) high school art instruction). My B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. are in Literature, but I took several courses at the college level in drawing and painting, color theory, etc., both through community college and continuing ed classes at The Corcoran in Washington, D.C. In recent years, I’ve taken workshop in pastel and oil painting at Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, CT (studying with Jack Broderick, Joann Ballinger and Karen Winslow). My workshops in encaustic have been with Corina Alvarez-Delugos and with instructors in the workshops at R&F Handmade Encaustics.
With the aspiration that my work is interesting and beautiful in equal measure, my paintings reflect my fascination with the concepts, metaphors and images derived from astronomy, astrophysics and systems theory. I am influenced as well as by the micro and macro worlds of the biological, geological, topographical and by scientific concepts such as string theory, fractals and self-organizing systems. Since I am a gardener, floral allusions sometimes crop up in the mix. I experience each painting as a visual meditation that combines elements of these influences.
I exhibit my work in juried and open shows in New England, New York and New Jersey, and my paintings are in several private collections throughout North America. To view my complete resume (solo and group shows, awards, artist's statement, etc.) see my website, http://grayjacobikartist.com/. …Read More
University Professor Emeritus, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT, USA
Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1990.
M.A., Brandeis University, 1985.
B.A., Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, 1976.
Courses in drawing, painting and design, Prince Georges Community College, University of Maryland and The Corcoran Museum of Art, and at the Lyme Art Association (pastel, oil painting), plus several workshops with various artists.…Read More