Gray Jacobik

Joined Artfinder: May 2013

Artworks for sale: 136

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United States

About Gray Jacobik

 
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  • Biography

    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. 

    Part 1

     
    Part 2

    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 ().  


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  • Education

    1984 - 1990

    Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA

    1974 - 1976

    Goddard College, Plainfield, VT

  • Awards

    2017

    The Durand Prize

    Exhibition title, "A Walk on the Wild Side", Essex Art Assocation, July 1-22, 2017, my painting, "All Trumped Up" was selected by juror Moya Aiken for this distinction and cash award.

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    2017

    The Durand Prize

    Exhibition title, "A Walk on the Wild Side", Essex Art Assocation, July 1-22, 2017, my painting, "All Trumped Up" was selected by juror Moya Aiken for this distinction and cash award.

    2015

    Excellence in Any Medium

    for "Peonies, Teacup, Fan & Chinese Vase" in the exhibition "Everyday Beauty", the summer juried show of the Essex Art Association, Essex, CT.

    2015

    The Founder's Award

    for "Parrots, Mostly Spent" in the summer juried exhibition, "Everyday Beauty" sponsored by The Essex Art Association, Essex, CT.

    2014

    Best on Theme Award

    for my painting "Minute Circumference of a Single Brain", Essex Art Association.

    2012

    The Fire Within, Founder's Award, Essex Art Association, Essex, CT.

    For "Slow Gold, But Everlasting"

    2011

    All About Water VII, Guest Artist’s Award (first prize), Gallery One at Clayhouse, Old Saybrook, CT.

    for "By the Sea, By the Sea"

    2006

    The Connecticut Review

    Four Paintings and Four Poems, (special section), Spring 2007, Vol. XXIX, No. 1

    2005

    Essex Art Association for Excellence in Any Medium

    Summer Juried Show ("Light") for "September Meadow".

    1993

    National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist's Fellowship

    I was extremely fortunate to have received this distinguished award given to an individual artist to further his or her growth. At the time, my primary field of creative production was as a poet. The award provided a significant income, enough to make a six-month leave of absence from university teaching possible. I will always be grateful to the Endowment, and to my country, for supporting me at this crucial time.
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Education

1984 - 1990

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA

1974 - 1976

Goddard College, Plainfield, VT


Awards

2017

Best Abstract Award

"Fanstasme Escalier", one of my geometric abstracts was selected by Juror Melanie Carr for this award. The exhibit was entitled "Up in the Attic", Essex Art Asscoation, June 3-24, 2017.

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2017

The Durand Prize

Exhibition title, "A Walk on the Wild Side", Essex Art Assocation, July 1-22, 2017, my painting, "All Trumped Up" was selected by juror Moya Aiken for this distinction and cash award.

2015

Excellence in Any Medium

for "Peonies, Teacup, Fan & Chinese Vase" in the exhibition "Everyday Beauty", the summer juried show of the Essex Art Association, Essex, CT.

2015

The Founder's Award

for "Parrots, Mostly Spent" in the summer juried exhibition, "Everyday Beauty" sponsored by The Essex Art Association, Essex, CT.

2014

Best on Theme Award

for my painting "Minute Circumference of a Single Brain", Essex Art Association.

2012

The Fire Within, Founder's Award, Essex Art Association, Essex, CT.

For "Slow Gold, But Everlasting"

2011

All About Water VII, Guest Artist’s Award (first prize), Gallery One at Clayhouse, Old Saybrook, CT.

for "By the Sea, By the Sea"

2006

The Connecticut Review

Four Paintings and Four Poems, (special section), Spring 2007, Vol. XXIX, No. 1

2005

Essex Art Association for Excellence in Any Medium

Summer Juried Show ("Light") for "September Meadow".

1993

National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist's Fellowship

I was extremely fortunate to have received this distinguished award given to an individual artist to further his or her growth. At the time, my primary field of creative production was as a poet. The award provided a significant income, enough to make a six-month leave of absence from university teaching possible. I will always be grateful to the Endowment, and to my country, for supporting me at this crucial time.

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Biography

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. 

Part 1

 
Part 2

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 ().  


 
 
 
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