Acclaimed Artist

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Jacob Spokes (HSC 2012) 

Jacob is an emerging artist living and working in Sydney’s inner west.

In 2014, Spokes completed a Diploma of Fine Art – St George College of Fine Art, Kogarah, with a focus on painting. Spokes’ vivid abstract paintings are an emotive and conceptual response to landscape and place, inspired by the contrast of built and unbuilt environment that forms the city of Sydney. Spokes currently has a piece hanging in the Louis Vuitton flagship store in Sydney CBD.

 

Jacob says about his process;

“I have an idea of colour relationship before I start and that’s it. No preliminary sketches or anything. The works reveal themselves after a layered serendipitous process, whereby I apply layers of colour and form until I reach a point in which the work is compositionally sound.”

EXHIBITIONS

2018 – Louis Vuitton Store, Sydney

2018 – Out Of Line, Piermarq, NSW (group)

2014 – Graduate show Diploma of Fine Art, St George College of Fine Art, Kogarah

 

PRIZES

2019 – $10,000 AVIS plein air grant

2014 – Runner-up Elioth Gruner Landscape Prize, AGNSW

 

Jacob was recently selected by AVIS Australia for their campaign ‘The Art of Discovery’, which sent him on a road trip to Lightning Ridge, NSW and resulted in a new body of work and a spectacular short documentary.

Go to avis.com.au then The Art of Discovery: Jacob Spokes, Lightning Ridge

“They gave me a car and said I could go anywhere and make work about the destination. I chose Lightning Ridge as my Dad lived and worked there as a miner when I was young and I wanted to learn more about the place and how my Dad lived there. A film crew followed me and we documented the whole process. I made 3 works from the trip which are being auctioned off for charity. The works are on billboards around Aus and NZ.” (see picture below).