Statement

History flows into the present in an ever-changing state. And, with each new context, we view people and events through a contemporary lens specific to that moment. 

Moving away from a personal narrative, my current work, Contemporary Histories, illustrates this phenomena by re-examining portraits of individuals throughout history. I appropriate the historical figure, to then create re-invented portraits using contemporary techniques and sensibilities. The result is a celebration of classical portraiture that revels in the sophisticated pleasures of anachronism.

I am often drawn to portraits of women who chose an alternate path from the traditional ones prescribed in their times.  Whether, overtly stepping outside of traditional roles to realize their goals or by astutely maneuvering within the system they lived in to obtain their aspirations, their actions undeniably altered the cultural landscape. In re-inventing their portraits, I celebrate each from a contemporary perspective for their ability to step outside of their historical place in society and forge a new and contemporary future.

A combination of fine and decorative arts, from classical and contemporary periods, have inspired my approach to this subject. From the Old Masters, I embrace the iconic placement of the figure in the middle of the picture plane, often in heroic or royalist poses, eschewing the modern tenant for placing the figure off center, in civilian postures.

 


 

The patterned and botanical backgrounds symbolize that which was historically considered a “woman’s domain”, namely, gardening and sewing. In some works, the background is an overall damask or a patchwork pattern reminiscent of sewing and quilting. While, in others, it is a field of floral design invoking the domestic task of gardening. These patterned and botanical environments, the gold leaf applications and color palettes are formally influenced by a spectrum of 19th - 21st century artists; from Gustav Klimt and the decorative arts of the Wiener Werkstätte to the paintings of Henri Rousseau.

 

BIO

Honora Jacob received her first Bachelors Degree in Communication Arts from the University of Texas to pursue a career as an advertising art director. Twenty years later, a move to Kentucky provided her with time to reflect on her life path. She then turned her attention to a career change following her first passion, painting, and returned to university to receive her second Bachelors Degree, a B.F.A. in Studio Arts. After which, she attended the Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of Kentucky.

 A return to Texas in 2003, initiated a period of dividing her time between the U.S. and the U.K., where the experience of living as a foreigner provided inspiration for her early narrative works. Fast forward to 2018, Ms. Jacob relocated to Kentucky once again, where she currently resides full-time.

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018/upcoming
Red Hot Red Dot, Women and Their Work, Austin TX (Invitational)

2017
Light, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin TX
Group Show, Jack Meier Gallery, Houston TX
Red Hot Red Dot, Women and Their Work, Austin TX (Invitational)

2016
Red Hot Red Dot, Women and Their Work, Austin TX (Invitational)

2015 
Red Hot Red Dot, Women and Their Work, Austin TX (Invitational)
35th Anniversary Show, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin TX
5 x 7, Contemporary Austin Museum, Austin TX

2014
People's Gallery, Austin City Hall, Austin TX (Juried)
Red Hot Red Dot, Women and Their Work, Austin TX (Invitational)
5 x 7, Contemporary Austin Museum, Austin TX

2012 
5 x 7, Contemporary Austin Museum, Austin TX
Memory and Metaphor, Lark & Key Gallery, Charlotte NC

2011 
Three Perspectives, Jack Meier Gallery, Houston TX
Rivers, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin TX

2010
ArtHouston, Jack Meier Gallery, Houston TX
Group Show, L Ross Gallery, Memphis TN
100 Degrees, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin TX

2009
After Dark, PUMP Art Projects, Austin TX (Invitational)
Group Show, Lark & Key Gallery, Charlotte NC

2008
People's Gallery, Austin City Hall, Austin TX (Juried)
December Group Show, L Ross Gallery, Memphis TN
A Grand Affair, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin TX
5 x 7, Contemporary Austin Museum, Austin TX

2007
Wonderland, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin TX

2006
Red, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin TX
Eliza J Thomas & Honora Jacob, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin 5X7,Contemporary Austin Museum, Austin TX

2005 
Just a Taste Show, Vin Gallery, Austin                                                                      Salon, Guadalupe Arts Center, Austin TX

2004
Three, Guadalupe Arts Center, Austin TX
 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Contemporary Histories, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin TX

2014
Recycled Histories, Jack Meier Gallery, Houston TX

2012
Meditations, Jack Meier Gallery, Houston TX

2010
Midwinter Night's Dream, Charla Wood Studios, Austin, TX

Memory and Meditations, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin TX

2008
Honora Jacob: New Works, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin TX

2004
Perspectives, Guadalupe Arts Center, Austin TX

2002
Expectations and Realities, Lexington Art League, Lexington KY
 

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Action Figure Productions, TX
Donarra Thoroughbreds, FL
Galway Bloodstock, KY
KickSkirt Branding and Marketing, CO
Laura Gottesman Real Estate, TX
Marc English Design, TX
NUI Organics, N.Z.
W Hotels
28N, TX

EDUCATION
MFA Painting candidate - University of Kentucky
B.F.A. Painting - Eastern Kentucky University                                   B.S.Communication Arts - University of Texas

VIRTUAL TOURS

February 2016 / Wally Workman Gallery