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Honora Jacob
Giea, oil painting, Texas artist, Realistic painting, Historical Figures

2020

US$1,000

About

Giea reexamines portraits of individuals throughout history to illustrate the premise that history flows into the present in an ever-changing state. And, with each new context, we view people and events through a contemporary lens specific to that moment. Giea appropriates and contextualizes original portrait elements to create reinvented portraits using technique and patterning that brings a contemporary context and perspective to these historically inspired portraits. My current body of work, Contemporary Histories, explores this phenomena by re-interpreting historical portraiture using a contemporary visual language. It is my intent to create a modern visual lens through which to view these individuals and their legacies, as they continue to flow into the present in ever-changing states. As a keen example of how history changes and morphs over time, I have selected portraits of women who chose an alternate path from the traditional ones prescribed in their times. Some of these individuals overtly stepped outside the traditional roles prescribed for women to realize their goals. Others astutely maneuvered within the social system they lived in to obtain their aspirations. Whether altruistic or nefarious, these women and their actions altered the future cultural landscape. Through a 21st century lens, we view them as women with minds of their own, who made choices to control their own lives and futures. Often, in stark contrast to how they were viewed and how their actions were recorded in their own times. For a modern visual language, a combination of fine and decorative arts has inspired my approach to this subject. Employing several formal contemporary tenets, most notably, rather than place the figure in a 3-dimensional space, as in the originals, the figures reside in flat graphic picture planes of damask designs, repetitive patterns or botanical grounds as modern settings for their modern legacies. These graphic backgrounds symbolize what was historically considered a woman’s proper domain, in particular, gardening and needle crafts, such as; quilting, embroidery and sewing. Formally, unlike the originals, I am working alla prima, rather than with a base grisaille and delicate layers of glazing. While, the patterned and botanical environments, along with gold leaf applications, contemporary compositions and color palettes are formally influenced by a spectrum of 19th - 21st century artists and artisans; from Gustav Klimt and the Wiener Werkstatte to Henri Rousseau, Tamara de Lempicka and Will Cotton. BIO Honora Jacob received her first Bachelors Degree in Communication Arts from the University of Texas to pursue a career as an advertising art director. Twenty years later, a move to Kentucky provided her with time to reflect on her life path. She then turned her attention to a career change following her first passion, painting, and returned to university to receive her second Bachelors Degree, a B.F.A. in Studio Arts. After which, she attended the Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of Kentucky. A return to Texas in 2003, initiated a period of dividing her time between the U.S. and the U.K., where the experience of living as a non-native provided inspiration for her early narrative works. Fast forward to 2018, Ms. Jacob relocated to Kentucky once again, where she currently resides full-time.

Details

  • Creator
    Honora Jacob,
  • Creation Year
    2020
  • Dimensions
    Height: 12 in. (30.48 cm)Width: 12 in. (30.48 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    Houston, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU140528033532

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