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Meet the Artist | Interview with Jacob Brown

Jacob Brown recently graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an Arts MA. Jacob's long standing fascination with the natural world alongside a passion for painting and creating new types of artwork,  has compounded itself to discover what could be produced from this interest in depicting the variety and forms of the natural world. Jacob has exhibited in several major exhibitions including the Royal Academy of Arts summer exhibition in 2018 and has numerous private collectors in the UK and worldwide. He continues to explore new techniques and inspirations to further his own practice.

1) Which art movement do you consider most influential on your practice?

Impressionism, I have always had an admiration for the artists and the artwork produced throughout this movement, transitioning away from the status-quo of art pre-impressionists to more expressive, bright and colourful artwork during the impressionist period. Which has had an influence on my work.
2) Where do you go and when to make your best art?
Usually outdoors, painting ‘plein aire’ is the best way for me to capture a sense of place and atmosphere within my landscape and seascape work especially, the variability of the fleeting weather patterns is also something interesting to capture that you usually can’t from a photograph.
3) How do you describe your 'creative process'?
I tend to be quite careful and considered when choosing compositions and scenes for depicting, there is a kind-of method or process to choosing a place and theme.
4) Which artist, living or deceased, is the greatest inspiration to you?
David Hockney, the bold use of colour and bringing the more abstract and pop-art ways of painting into his landscape work is interesting for me, alongside being able to capture the character of place in the landscapes across the seasons.
5) If you weren't an artist, what would you do?
Probably something related to design or sustainability and how places can be designed for creating a better sense of place and community.
6) What do you listen to for inspiration?
Instrumental or classical music is usually the best for me to focus and relax into the process of working.
7) If you could own one artwork, and money was no object, which piece would you acquire?
It would probably have to be ‘The Blue Rigi’, by Turner I have admired this piece since I began painting and the way Turner captures light, colour and depth in this piece is unlike many other paintings I have seen.
8) If your dream museum or collection owner came calling, which would it be?
Musee l'orangerie in Paris, the gallery is purpose built for Monet’s large waterlily paintings, this galley unlike most others creates a sense of being surrounded by the artworks because of the curved walls.
9) What is your key piece of advice for artists embarking on a fine art or creative degree today?
Sticking to your own style or character of work is important, whilst also being able to take influence and inspiration from others.
10) If you could hang or place your artwork in one non traditional art setting, where would that be?
It would be interesting to have work in the International space station, wondering of that could have any effect on the artwork or how it can change an isolated environment.
11) What was the biggest lesson your university course or time studying taught you?
Being able to experiment with different ways of working, thinking about why you want to paint something in a certain style and how that would affect the piece overall.
12) And finally, if we were to fast forward 10 years, where would we find you?
Hopefully, outdoors painting the landscapes of Europe or further exploring Scotland

Learn more about Jacob and discover his collection of paintings. 

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