Artist
Courtney Jacobs Livermore, California

Courtney Jacobs creates what she calls a “personal language” through her use of color, texture, composition and action. “If the painting inspires you, or sets a particular mood, or makes you feel free and playful, then I have accomplished my job,” she says. She enjoys listening to a wide variety of music while she paints, from Richard Wagner to Nine Inch Nails. The Abstract Expressionism movement and action painters greatly influenced her work. During her free time, she enjoys playing the piano and singing.

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    About The Artist

    Courtney Jacobs creates what she calls a “personal language” through her use of color, texture, composition and action. “If the painting inspires you, or sets a particular mood, or makes you feel free and playful, then I have accomplished my job,” she says. She enjoys listening to a wide variety of music while she paints, from Richard Wagner to Nine Inch Nails. The Abstract Expressionism movement and action painters greatly influenced her work. During her free time, she enjoys playing the piano and singing.

    Artist Statement

    My paintings represent a personal language created through the use of color, texture, composition, and action. By pushing, scraping, dripping, and throwing the paint I create a visual history of my own response to these complex, chaotic elements. It is an active process, intermingling various elements (line, spatter, drip, brushstroke, and squiggle) into one final composition.

    As I paint I forever seek the balance between negative/positive, lost/found, light/dark, thin/thick. For every “yin”, I search for the “yang”. I juxtapose great sweeping gestures against calm breathing spaces. Every splatter, gesture, and stroke is planned in terms of how it will affect the overall whole and where it can be mirrored elsewhere. I find this harmony of seemingly contradictory visual ideas both beautiful and exciting.

    It’s an intuitive process that requires as much looking as painting…perhaps more. This intuitive process taps into the purely visual non-language right brain—a meditative unfolding I liken to “speaking in tongues.” Also known as “glossolalia,” speaking in tongues is “the vocalizing of fluent speech-like but unintelligible utterances, often as part of a religious practice”.

    For me the painting process has become a visual equivalent of glossolalia. Instead of vocalizing “fluent unintelligible utterances,” I let the paint act as my medium of meditation. The titles have been invented as a part of this process and are meant to be spoken aloud by the viewer.

    Artist Background

    Academy of Art University
    Master of Fine Arts, 2008

    Bachelor of Arts, 2000

    Hear What Collectors Say About Courtney's Work

    Frank 7/3/2019 | 7:57 AM

    Hi Courtney- Just received your beautiful artwork and I am very pleased with it.- Thanks, Frank

    Courtney Jacobs 9/9/2015 | 12:31 PM

    Thanks, T Blakely! I'm so glad you appreciate the work. :)

    commentsLigamoopsy
    T Blakely 9/5/2015 | 4:21 PM

    This is gorgeous!

    commentsVozybomps
    krnhersh 9/15/2014 | 8:18 PM

    I LOVE IT!!!! and love the way u talk about your gift.... thanks for sharing---- u did give me joy- to experience this conversation--- k

    Courtney Jacobs 8/7/2014 | 11:39 AM

    Hi G Tugan, thank you so much for your encouraging comment! It's great to hear my hours and hours of hard work can affect another person like that. I don't get that too much being stuck in a studio by myself for hours on end, so it's much appreciated. :)

    G Tugan 8/6/2014 | 4:12 PM

    I love your work; your use of color, and color choices. The feel of your paintings, too - definitely something I am connecting with.

    commentsMaylopsy
    Patrick 10/23/2013 | 8:04 PM

    "Peaceful, yet playful..." What a great description of a cool piece. Thank you for creating and sharing.

    commentsDynamic Duo
    D Case purchased this artwork. 8/19/2009 | 8:51 AM

    I luv it!!! Thx so much.

    Courtney Jacobs 9/30/2008 | 4:02 PM

    "visual Improvisations", a solo show of paintings by award winning Pleasanton artist, Courtney Jacobs will be on exhibit at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, CA from October 30th through December 1st, 2008. Jacobs's non-figurative work, created in oil and acrylic, is an exploration of intuition through abstract painting. Artworks will be displayed for viewing and purchase. For more information, post your questions here.

    Bruce 7/29/2008 | 5:12 PM

    I like She Remained the Same, the second of the three you list. It's a classic pose with good reason, and very well executed. Beautiful. Your use of color--the off-grays, the variety of fleshtones, the greens--is interesting, coming out of the green/orange/purple complementary palette as they do.

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