Artist Portrait: Jay Jacobs

CHARMAIN Z. BRACKETT/SPECIAL
Jay Jacobs, a self-taught artist, has a broad range of styles as exemplified in his Augusta studio. His art will be on display at Morris Museum of Art in November.
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Jay Jacobs enjoys creating works of art.

“I’ve always painted whether anyone was looking or not,” said Jacobs, a self-taught artist whose works will be on display at the Morris Museum of Art’s education gallery in November.

Jacobs, however, can’t be pegged into one specific style of art.

“I have three or four different kinds of styles,” he said. And those styles vary greatly.

His stream-of-consciousness works include a series of circles, which remind him of summer days during his childhood spent in a cabin with heart pine floors and walls.

His imagination would take over as he stared into the natural patterns.

“I would start turning the knots of the wood into eyes and faces,” he said. “I have volumes of notebooks of faces and doodles.”

Although he attended Savannah College of Art and Design, Jacobs has taught himself most of what he knows about art. He draws inspiration from a variety of sources and studies the works of other artists to hone his skills.

Some of his style is influenced by the artwork in comic books and MAD Magazine.

“I like to draw these weird, cartoony, tongue-in-cheek pieces,” he said.

And he gleans from decades-old issues of National Geographic magazines not just for their award-winning photographs but also for the advertisements.

“I like the 1950s stylized ads,” he said.

The rich photographs in those National Geographic issues have also influenced Jacobs’ lifelike renderings of people.

While he is preparing for the exhibit in November, Jacobs said he doesn’t have to have a show in order to prompt him to paint.

“I have to pace myself,” he said. “I could do a painting a day. I love the work. It’s good to work.”

An opening reception for Jetsam, the exhibit of Jacobs’ work, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the first floor of the Morris.

The reception is free and offers a chance to meet the artist.

An artist workshop, Jay’s Flying Fish Cutouts, at the museum Nov. 17-18 will allow participants to paint and decorate a wooden silhouette inspired by Jacobs’ art.

For details, visit www.themorris.org or call the museum at (706) 724-7501.

ARTIST PORTRAITS

Applause celebrates an artist in our community bi-weekly. Nominate your favorite local artist by e-mailing Charmain Brackett at charmain.brackett@augustachronicle.com.


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