Gallery News & Events
21 January through 25 February 2006
Reception: Saturday 21 February 4-7 pm
The Jan Baum Gallery is most pleased to present the deeply expressed, emotionally rich portraits by well known figurative artist Kathryn Jacobi. She describes her work: This exhibit represents about three years of mostly figurative painting. Many are narratives exploring relationships- the elderly to caregivers, mothers to sons, musicians to their music. Others, as in ” Girl with Carrots” or “ Child Pondering Wall Plug” are concerned with the poignancy of ambivalent gestures. Yet others are intensely studied images: a portrait of my mother, a toy monkey, an eagle’s skull, rendered with exacting fidelity in both the literal and subjective realms. All the paintings are linked, as ever, by my personal attachment, affection, and fascination. The central painting in this body of work is an image of the late composer, conductor, and teacher Jak Zadikov, who died 2 years ago at the age of 92. He was a close, lifelong friend, almost a second father. In this large (108” x 60”) painting. “The Old Composer Listening”, he is caught in a moment of repose, wheelchair bound, throwing an enormous shadow over a helper who sits behind him talking on the phone. It is his music you hear playing near the painting. I have flanked him with paintings of musicians. The young girl playing the violin in a yellow implies that the transmission of culture is a thriving continuum.