Richard Jacobs (b.1961)
1987 MFA Yale University
1984 BA The Cooper Union
1987-88 Henry Luce Scholarship; Bali, Indonesia
One Person Painting Exhibitions:
2019 Richard Jacobs “Bali”, Hammond Museum, North Salem NY.
2018 Richard Jacobs “Portraits”, Ober Gallery, Kent CT
2017 (May) "Slowly Turning Into You", Richard Jacobs, Jack Geary Contemporary, NY,NY
2015 Richard Jacobs, Sika Contemporary, Ubud Bali
2014 "Soul Delay", Richard Jacobs, Jack Geary Contemporary, NY,NY
2012 Paintings and Monotypes, Currier Gallery, Putney Vermont
1997 Richard Jacobs; A Decade of Balinese Influence, Curated by Dore Ashton The Cooper Union, NY
1995 Richard Jacobs, Recent Work, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston MA
1992 Richard Jacobs, New Monotypes, Rugg Road Gallery, Boston MA
1991 Richard Jacobs, Recent Work, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston MA
1991 Richard Jacobs, Paintings, Harrison Gallery, Boca Raton, FL,
1991 Richard Jacobs, Paintings, Dash Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
1990 Richard Jacobs, Paintings, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston MA
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2018 “Heads Roll”, Graves Gallery, Sheffield, UK
2018 “Made in Vermont” The Hall Art Foundation, Reading , Vermont.
2018 “MTV RE:DEFINE” , The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas Texas.
2018 “Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking”, Attercliffe TM, Sheffield, England
2017 “Pairings”, Kellly Stelling Contemporary, Manchester NH
2016 Contemporary Artists Versus the Masters, Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro VT
2016 Blow, Curated by Lisa Banner, Brooklyn, NY
2016 One Big Holiday, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH
2016 Bali High, Curated by Lisa Banner, Brooklyn NY
2014 Flora, Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro VT
2013 Grade (Climbing) Makebish, NY,NY
2009 Drawing Itself, Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro VT
1998-2000Abstract and Figurative Expressionism: Common Ground; DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA,
1993 Crosscurrents of Influence, Brattleboro Museum of Art: Brattleboro, VT
1993 Regarding Abstraction, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
1993 Yale Collects Yale, Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
1992 Selections from the Collection; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA Selections from the Collection; Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA Travelers, Rugg Road Gallery, Boston, MA
1992 Travelers, Richard Jacobs, Marsha Goldberg, Rugg Road, Somerville, MA
1992 Implications, Hal Katzen Gallery, New York, NY
1992 Coming and Going, Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
1991 New Editions, Rugg Road Gallery, Boston, MA
1990 Bank of Boston Gallery, Boston, MA
Works on Paper, Frick Gallery, Belfast, ME
Works from Rugg Road, Sharon Arts Center, Sharon, NH
1989 Explorations in Handmade Paper, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA Restive Visions, Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA
Nature Reassembled, Newton Arts Center, Newton, MA
1987 New Talent, New Work, Harcus Gallery, Boston, MA
Thesis Show, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1986 Young Artist Exhibition, Provincetown Art Assoc, Provincetown, MA Recent Images, Three Painters, Newton Arts Center, Newton, MA1985 Figuration Today, Major Paintings, Harcus Gallery, Boston, MA
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, DeCordova Museum, Rose Art Museum, Fidelity Investments, Hall Art Foundation, Bank of America.
By Dore Ashton
In 1987 Richard Jacobs a graduate of Cooper Union and Yale, set off for Asia as a Henry Luce Scholar. What he found in Bali, where he studied indigenous arts, including the creation of batik at woodcarvings used for ritual functions, was a liberation from the conventions of his own culture where, as he says, Art is merely a precious commodity. His experience in his studio, where he felt in harmony with the rice workers, whose lives were governed by three-month cycles of planting and harvesting, radically altered his vision as a painter. He explored techniques rarely exploited by western artists in order to reflect his experiences as a sentient being, subsisting in a landscape of rare light and color, that would be inscribed in his every gesture. These paintings, in which the saturated often high-keyed colors speak in a complex, many layered idiom, conjure not only a place of luminous splendor, but the living experience of their author who, as he says, had himself become, in his studio in Bali, a medium.
By Carl Belz
The high ambition that Richard Jacobs brings his art has become increasingly focused in the several series of paintings he has produced since returning from Bali, Indonesia in 1988. The influences he accepted there- a technique partly derived from batik, a certain exoticness of imagery, were evident in the first pictures he completed his Waltham studio, but they became quickly absorbed as he determined to clarify his concerns and established a personal voice in relationship to them... I saw the work about once a year and each studio visit left me convinced that Jacobs had pushed into new pictorial territory. This experience suggests to me not that each successive body of work has been better than the last, as though an improvement on it, for each has in its turn felt accomplished and fully satisfying; it suggests, rather, that the maker of the paintings has resisted contentment in those accomplishments and satisfactions, as though the issues hypostatized in them, however persuasive or inventive their articulation in any one instance may be, nonetheless remain challenging and elusive. Such are the terms of high ambition.
The issues I have in mind are old ones having to do with the art of painting, specifically with the urge to make paintings that generate light through color- not to depict light as we experience it in the world, though it's life giving presence there is surely an inspiration, but to create light through the materials of the medium itself, painting's light embodied in paintings color... The affect of the new pictures is compelling, even magical. As such, it reminds us of painting's extraordinary resources and why we were so attracted to it in the first place.