Ian Jacob

Ian Jacob was born in Llangwm, Pembrokeshire. He studied painting and printmaking at Newport College of Art, Gloucestershire College of Art and Design and finally Goldsmiths College, London.

After a period of exhibiting and teaching printmaking to Foundation students at Canterbury and Birmingham School’s of Art, a career change led him into the world of international marketing and advertising.

A very successful 25 year period followed, which involved setting up marketing consultancies in New York and London.

In 2005 he returned to his Pembrokeshire roots and his native village of Llangwm, where he has rekindled his career as a painter and printmaker and today works from his studio overlooking the River Cleddau.

Black Tar

Studio location overlooking River Cleddau

 

 

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Early morning view from studio

EARLY SUCCESS

Camera’s Eye, 19 August – Screenprint  

In 1972 as a student, he had a Screenprint, entitled Camera's Eye 19 August, selected to represent Great Britain at the Third British International Print Biennale at the Bradford City Art Gallery and Museums.

Camera’s Eye, 19 August – Screenprint

He has work in numerous Public Collections including:

  • The Arts Council of Wales
  • The National Library of Wales
  • The Contemporary Art Society of Wales
  • MOMA WALES
  • The County Collections of Pembrokeshire and Gloucestershire
  Christine – Screenprint – The National Library of Wales

Christine At Marloes – Screenprint
The National Library of Wales

CURRENT CREATIVE STRATEGY

In 2005 he drew up a creative strategy consisting of three integrated strands, with Pembrokeshire being his principal source of creative inspiration.

  • LandScapes
  • RockScapes
  • BodyScapes

Since 2005 he has focussed on this strategy in a relentless and single minded fashion and feels he has but scratched the surface of both the strategy and what Pembrokeshire has to offer as a source of creative inspiration.
 
He is known for his use of experimental, often ground breaking techniques. Photography, computer imaging and the application of unconventional materials and techniques including airbrushing, enamel paint, iron filings, perspex and even diamond dust add an element of mystery, innovation and surprise; yet his experimentation is balanced by a profound grasp of colour and composition.

MIXED MEDIA CONSTRUCTIONS

He has developed a form of image making, which he describes as MIXED MEDIA CONSTRUCTIONS.

The essence of the concept is ‘layering’.

He uses a wide variety of materials and techniques to produce a series of different ‘layers’, which when combined or ‘constructed’, to form a relief, it creates an image of exceptional depth and vibrancy.

Think of them as ‘mini stage sets’!

INFLUENCES

His studio overlooks the River Cleddau and is located within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and was much frequented by painter Graham Sutherland. Every year, from 1967 to his death in 1980, Sutherland visited this part of Pembrokeshire. The foreshores, mudflats and secret inlets of the River Cleddau, (known locally as the ‘Secret Waterway’), proved to be an enduring source of creative inspiration and sparked some of Sutherland’s greatest paintings.

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The ‘Secret Waterway’- an ethereal magical world!

Not surprisingly, therefore, some of his work has a distinct ‘Sutherland flavour’ about it. Other artists of influence that worked across various media include: Andy Warhol for his technical and innovative genius and the black and white nude beach studies of photographer Bill Brandt.

GALLERY EXHIBITIONS SINCE 2005

  • 2012 THE ALBANY GALLERY – Cardiff (mixed show)
  • 2011 THE AIR GALLERY – London (solo)
  • 2011 THE PICTON CASTLE GALLERY – Pembrokeshire (solo)
  • 2010 MOMA WALES (solo)
  • 2009 ROYAL WEST OF ENGLAND – Bristol (shared)
  • 2008 WATERFRONT GALLERY – Milford Haven (solo)
  • 2006 WEST WALES ARTS CENTRE – Fishguard (solo)

 

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