Another day, another featured Louisiana artist! Our next GallaRE Art Show is fast approaching on June 1st, so we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to yet another of our featured artists:
Read on to learn about Jacob’s life and inspirations, his personal motto, and how living in Louisiana influences his art. Then be sure to join us on June 1st to meet Jacob in person!
Click here for all the GallaRE Art Show event details, and here for the Facebook invitation.
HCM: Where did you grow up?
Jacob: Cankton, Louisiana
HCM: How does living in Louisiana inspire your art?
Jacob: My inspiration from Louisiana would be traditionalism. Don’t get me wrong, change can be good. With an ever-changing world, however, traditionalism gets booted out and seen to be conveyed as boring or conforming. But in Louisiana, tradition is so critical to who we are. Our ancestry is so near and dear to us as a community and I think you have to look at the past before looking towards the future. So much of our roots and heritage lies within our past and it would be shameful to not acknowledge it and respect it. Also, New Orleans is my favorite aspect of our state. It’s just so historically cool, rich with culture, and expressive than any other city in the world. Traditions and cultures crash into each other to form this city, allowing any visitor to have a taste of each cultural aspect that makes Louisiana, Louisiana.
HCM: What other things or circumstances inspire you?
Jacob: I am inspired by currently narrative works especially prose readings, mythology, and folklore.
HCM: Do you have a routine for making art: a certain time of day, or a favorite place to go?
Jacob: I preferably work at night, I feel more in tune with my creativity then. I tend to be very versatile on the location I work in; often my kitchen, bedroom, outside.
HCM: Are you inspired by the work of any other artists? If so, who?
Jacob: Oh, too many to count! My top artists would be Richard Phillips, Will Cotton, Kymia Nawabi, Alyssa Monks, John William Waterhouse, Egon Schiele, Jenny Saville and Lucian Freud. I would feel wouldn’t be doing any of these artists justice if I didn’t mention them because they truly are such a huge influence of my personal work!
HCM: What do you hope viewers take away from your art?
Jacob: I always wish viewers to take away a response from my work, good or bad. A response gratifies that the work is effective and is a piece of significance; bland art creates little to no response.
HCM: What has been the highlight of your artistic career?
Jacob: The highlight of my career would probably be between being awarded a scholarship from Louisiana artist George Rodrigue and being selected for the Lounge Gallery showing of 10 Under 30: Up Coming Louisiana Artists along with a cover story in the Independent.
HCM: Are you interested in any other kinds of art besides visual art? If so, what?
Jacob: I am definitely interested in metalwork and ceramic artwork. I am still a student which allows me to explore different mediums of art.
HCM: Do you have an artist’s statement, a mission statement, or a motto?
Jacob: My personal motto would probably be to invest time and research into the work you do before you do it; to clear up any vagueness necessary. I feel like content study and development is a great key in my work and gratifies my time and energy. Whatever you do, do your research first!
Now that you’ve heard this young Louisiana artist’s voice, you should definitely stop by the RE Showroom on June 1st to see his work in person! Relax with other local art patrons in an open-house atmosphere, while we snack and make good conversation.