About Gray Jacobik
Best Abstract Award
There are no upcoming events
Artist Statement: I am a professional artist whose practice is varied for I love working in different media: oil on linen, or acrylic on canvas or panel, encaustic on cradled panel, and works on paper (to name a few). I paint representationally and abstractly, and to all degrees between photorealism to the most abstract color field (poured) works. If the medium is plastic, I'll pick it up and see what I can make visible.
Still life is that genre of painting comprised of works that typically record an arrangement of objects in the studio. Such works strike me as touchingly dear: they tell of vases, plates, teapots, bowls, flowerpots, a gift of roses or tulips, an arrangement fresh from the garden, the fruit in the kitchen the day the painting began. A still life speaks of a particular moment of individual existence and of the home atmosphere that gave texture to that existence. Each moment of observed existence feels extremely precious to me, so painting the embodied moment, is an all-consuming, imperative passion.
The following is a link to a YouTube interview and demonstration: Please watch. Part 2 especially gives you a good idea of how I make my encaustic paintings.
About Gray Jacobik
Gray holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in 19th and 20th Century British and American Literature (Brandeis University). She is a University Professor Emerita from the Connecticut State Universities; a life-long poet as well as a painter, she focuses on non-objective and abstract paintings in acrylic, encaustic, and still life and landscape paintings in oil. Gray’s training as a visual artist began on Long Island where two of her early teachers were Hoffmann-trained abstract expressionist. Her B.A. is from Goddard College (Plainfield, VT) and her M.A., & Ph.D., are from Brandeis University). She took art courses as an undergraduate, and later through the Lyme Art Association and through independent artists. She now works as a full-time studio artist in Deep River, Connecticut.
Gray has exhibited her work in Connecticut and in New York in several juried and non-juried shows. She has a painting in the permanent collection of The Florence Griswold Museum and in private collections throughout New England, on the West Coast of the United States and in Great Britain. For a complete resume of her awards in painting, individual and group exhibitions, art publications, etc., please visit her website (/). To learn more about her career and work as a poet, visit ().