Carl Jacobs - featured artist 2015
As a child I always loved drawing and painting. At school, art was always my favourite subject and passing GCE first grade in Art, I went on to do a two year Graphics Course at Ashton-Under-Lyne College of Art, obtaining a North West Regional Diploma in Graphic Art and Design.
I have spent my whole working career in art for the advertising and publicity business producing designs and finished artwork for everything from newspaper and magazine ads to brochures, logo design and point of sale display material, working in studios in and around the Manchester area, enjoying my job tremendously.
Eventually going freelance and successfully running my own design and advertising studio for twelve years. Approximately 12 years ago I decided to take early retirement so that I was able to devote a lot more time to painting. For six years I was programme secretary of Bury Art Society which gave me a great deal of worthwhile involvement, satisfaction and inspiration. I love to experiment with different techniques and ideas and include these in my paintings.
Much of my work now is done using acrylic paints which I find really versatile. They can be used as a thin wash, much the same as watercolours, or thickly in a similar way to oils and the other bonus is a fast drying time which enables me to work spontaneously, without waiting too long for the paint to dry.
I would say that when I begin a piece of work, my aim is not one of total realism, but more of an individual, slightly abstracted feel, which I achieve by fragmenting the image into shapes that echo certain elements in the image and then the painting, in a way takes over and dictates to me how it wants to progress. I find this way of working really exciting and enjoyable. My background of graphic art has a tendency, I think, to show through in the style my work.
For the last few years I have been exhibiting in several galleries in the Manchester area and also down in Padstow, Cornwall, where my paintings have been receiving a substancial amount of interest. Cornish harbour scenes are indeed one of my favourite subjects. I love to paint the quayside cottages and fishing boats, which feature in much of my work. Spending three weeks down in Cornwall each year walking the coastal paths, taking in the wonderful atmosphere and beautiful scenery with my wife Marion, who sadly passed away in August 2014.
Recently I have been involved in demonstrations, workshops and talks about my style to various art groups and I find this extremely challenging, enjoyable and very rewarding.
For the last 5 years or so I have been exhibiting and having a good response in the way of sales and comments about my work in the annual Bury Hospice Art Week at Bury Art Gallery and the Holmfirth Art Week in support of Macmillan Nurses, each of which are brilliant charities and I am so proud to be able to support them with sales of my work.