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 Jacob Brest  (1986 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: abstract expressionist painting, deviant painting

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Biography from a third party submitted on 08/23/2013:
Jacob Brest is a twenty-six year old American Artist, born in northern California, United States. His interest in creating full large painting began as early as at the age of twelve, and continued through high-school and his partial Associates of Arts degree in fine art.

While Jacob studied and practiced classic portraiture and landscapes, his notable style was born while he resided in Los Angeles in 2011 with his first abstract expressionist portrait.

Historical artists that made an impression on Brest are Van Gogh, Rembrandt, De Kooning, Francis Bacon, and Jackson Pollock

He currently now resides in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California where he has opened his artist's studio.

He is known for his use of bold primary colors, strong compositions, and attention to textures and brushstrokes. He is interested in the the deconstruction of forms, and has a range of abstracted figures, still-lives, and even renditions in his body of work.

His creative process is not something easily explained. It is not a job, nor means of gaining monetary security- but simply a demonstration of who he is- an impulsive creative often overflowing with a symphony of complex compositions, bold contrasting lines and fervent use of color. In this chaotic nature, his style of work perfects his way of existence and is a testament of his universe, as if he is holding an ongoing conversation with the world through lines and color.

The primary paint and canvas act as vessels for a new way of creating a type of music that is a crucial element in the completion of who he is. He is freezing the sounds and melodies of his world and spreading it on the canvas with color and line: the bold colors, a rhythm; the contrasting black and whites, improvised melodies; and the always-constant energy, established by a base line color.

He has completely eliminated the step in art of planning ones work removing all elements of premeditation, and in doing so producing an act truthfully raw with intense honestly. Within Jacob’s multi-leveled compositions, one will find a turbulent blend of emotions and energy- the heat of the moment, excitement, doubts, fears- he pours all of this from his mind and leaves himself behind on the canvas to be absorbed by the world around him and moves on to the next valley of imagination. The viewer, when considering Jacob’s work, will find the astounding creative honesty and living energy of emotions in the canvas, inviting the viewer to become a participant in the work as they serve witness to the artist’s every impulsive moment, as if taking audience to the actual creation of the work itself.

In summary, no one could describe the formation of his artistic style better than the artist himself, Jacob Brest:

"I wanted to make something raw, bold- I paint from my mind now, and I really dont always know what I'll paint next, because Im painting as I feel it, not something that's already there. It's a beautiful thing how your mind makes you unique- and that's what this is, its the chance of every drip, the anger of a brushstroke, its me."

And his work is just that- a testament to the immediate inner-workings of the artist’s mind. Work by work, he serves fragments of his world to the canvas, every move authenticated by a rushed intent to capture what he carries inside. Like a theater of events, he draws the viewer into his universe, always in a chase to catch a transfer of emotive energy before the door is shut and another opens.­­


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