Award-winning artist Jeff “Weirdo” Jacobson has exceeded expectations with his latest show, “Ambiguous," to be shown at the Vermillion Gallery in Seattle, opening FRIDAY June 1, 2012.
Jacobson's lavish array of subject matter, unique juxtapositions and rare moments are wrapped up in bittersweet concepts that deal with the balance of life and death. These refined urban contemporary works as well as a large scale installation will feel right at home at Vermillion, which is part art gallery, part restaurant and bar. His solo show will also feature an installation of his spray paint mural work that is not to be missed.
Jacobson's work has reached the next level with his photorealistic still lifes and portraiture that seamlessly flow into his signature Pacific Northwest-inspired coral and fungal creations. Even the self-critical painter says that he has finally captured the aesthetic that he has been striving for: “I’ve finally reached a point where there’s no filter between my imagination and the canvas," he says. His latest works honor the past with his classical compositions, masterful rendering, and Baroque style lighting while remaining fresh and contemporary with his inter-dimensional inserts of geometry and coral growth.
Jacobson’s exhibition opens on June 1st from 6pm to 1am and is sure to have a diverse turnout ranging from fine art fans to gallery hoppers, graffiti writers and more. This diversity is a reflection of Jacobson’s varied range of influences that manifest into focused works that grab your attention and encourage further investigation.
For the last decade, Jeff “Weirdo” Jacobson has been leading the urban contemporary scene in Seattle. From his awe-inspiring city block mural on 2nd Ave in Pioneer Square to his inclusion in Chase Jarvis’ “Seattle 100” book of most influential people in Seattle, Jacobson has been making major wakes. He recently received the prestigious 4Culture/Artist Trust Conductive Garboil Grant with his partner Jen Vertz in 2011 for their community-oriented murals in the Pioneer Square area. In addition to his larger than life spray paint murals, Jeff is also known for his illusionistic gallery work. His solo exhibition “Diamond Minds” at the Flat Color Gallery this past April in Seattle was a huge success. There is always a high level of detail and finish in his work regardless of scale. Jacobson’s work often reflects his vision of a changing world where there is an undertone of darkness. Yet this darkness is balanced by a creative benevolent force that sprouts from his surrealist coral and fungal additions. His work skillfully juxtaposes hyper-realistic images with otherworldly creations that inspire you to question reality. More of his artwork can be seen on his website at WWW.WEIRDOCULT.CO.