Abstract Artist: Arthur Jacob
Throughout my life I have always had a greater visual sense about how the world looked versus other senses. This visual dominance in perceiving the world has profoundly affected my work as an artist. My art offers an infinite variety of visual perceptions and interpretations for the viewer. The viewer is told what the “real Life” image is in the title of the piece, but through abstraction and reconstruction of that image, the viewer is then asked and challenged to explore the shapes, colors, movements and forms, which the abstraction and reconstruction presents. Colors and shapes become emotion, while form and movement become attitude. Even when a work is easily recognized there is still a predominate thread of color, movement, shape and form. The techniques to achieve these photographic abstractions and reconstructions are a thoughtful and purposeful digital manipulation. Using a mouse rather than a brush to achieve a powerful medium of expression and communication creates this style of fine art.
Prior to retiring in 2000 and devoting all of his time to photography and digital art, Arthur Jacob’s professional career encompassed activities from social services to becoming involved with marketing, promotion and public relations in three large healthcare corporations. He later became the publisher of a small publishing house in Minneapolis that focused on adult and children’s books that addressed many types of family issues. After leaving the work-a-day world, he moved from Portland to Las Vegas. It was there that he began to promote myself as a serious artist focusing on creativity with photography and digital art. In 2008 Arthur decided to return to the Portland area via Coos Bay where he presently resides. He also has a strong belief that one should be involved in the communities they live in. Putting this belief in to action, Arthur Jacob has actively served on several community boards and committees, most recently, the Contemporary Arts Collective in Las Vegas and the Coos Bay Art Museum in Oregon.