Mark V Jacobson

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gallery: Abstracts
gallery: Contemporary
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Mark earned his bachelors at UCLA and then went on to law school at Hastings in San Francisco. While living in San Francisco Mark enrolled in painting classes at the Academy of Art and began to execute copies of the masters in oil: Degas, Picasso and Modigliani. These copies were in a sense a continuation of his childhood preoccupation with drawing. In particular, he was fascinated with drawing women’s eyes depicted in Vogue Magazine.

The mid to late 1990s saw him up his commitment to becoming an accomplished painter. He journeyed to New York three times for inspiration. These trips brought him in touch with Motherwill, Kline, Kandinsky and Clifford Still. The inspiration, particularly from Mothewell and Kline, resulted in a series of 14 paintings called the Black Line Abstracts for which he earned a show at the California Museum of Art in 1998. Shortly thereafter, came the New York Green Abstracts - another series of paintings coming from the exposure to great artists in the New York museums. These range in size from 7’ x 3’ feet to 40” x 30”.

Mark’s paintings are all about color. “My process is to create such vibrant, intense, beautiful colors that you , the viewer, are drawn into the canvas in a very visceral way. Creating abstracts without any subject matter, I believe makes the work more accessible emotionally. I use predominantly organic shapes. I often rework the canvas until each color is perfect next to the adjacent color which results in a sort of “soft” intensity. I want every color to sing.”


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exhibitions

  • Solo Exhibitions:
  • September—December, 2011, Santa Rosa City Hall Council Chambers, Santa Rosa, CA
  • October—December, 2009, Santa Rosa City Hall Council Chambers, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Group Exhibitions:
  • September 2012, Cleveland Ingenuity Fair, Cleveland, Ohio
  • September 2012, ALL THINGS ORANGE, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA
  • June—August 2001, The Blues, SoFo Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA, Curator: Elisa Baker, Juror: Shane Weare
  • July—August 2000, Seeing Red, SoFo Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA, Curator: Elisa Baker, Juror: Maury Lapp
  • November 1999—May 2000, Next Level Communications (subsidiary of General Instruments), Rohnert Park, CA, Curator / Juror: Barbara Thulien
  • May—July 1998, Ingress / Egress, California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, CA, Museum director: Gaye Shelton, Curator: Sandy Thompson

Abstracts

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Contemporary

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