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.
   My current body of work, Contemporary Histories, explores this phenomena by  re-interpreting historical portraiture using a contemporary visual language. It is my intent to create a modern visual lens through which to view these individuals and  their legacies, as they continue to flow into the present in ever-changing states.

   As a keen example of how history changes and morphs over time, I have selected portraits of women who chose an alternate path from the traditional ones prescribed in their times. Some of these individuals overtly stepped outside the traditional roles prescribed for women to realize their goals. Others astutely maneuvered within the social system they lived in to obtain their aspirations. Whether altruistic or nefarious, these women and their actions altered the future cultural landscape. Through a 21st century lens, we view them as women with minds of their own, who made choices to control their own lives and futures.   Often, in stark contrast to how they were viewed and how their actions were recorded in their own times.

   For a modern visual language, a combination of fine and decorative arts has inspired my approach to this subject. Employing several formal contemporary tenets, most notably, rather than place the figure in a 3-dimensional space, as in the originals, the figures reside in a flat graphic picture plane of damask designs, repetitive patterns or botanical grounds.

 


 

   These graphic backgrounds symbolize what was historically considered a woman’s proper domain, in particular, gardening and needle crafts, such as; quilting, embroidery and sewing. Additionally, unlike the originals, I am working alla prima, rather than with a base grisaille and delicate layers of glazing. The patterned and botanical environments, along with gold leaf applications, contemporary compositions and color palettes are formally influenced by a spectrum of 19th - 21st century artists and artisans; from Gustav Klimt and the Wiener Werkstatte to Henri Rousseau, Tamara de Lempicka and Will Cotton.

 

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 non-native 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
The League: Members Exhibition, Lexington Art League, Lexington KY (Juried)     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