“The use of color in Arthur Jacob’s photography attests to his expertise of using darks and lights, soft and bright, and subtle as well as brilliant hues.  His monochromes especially illustrate a mastery of form that gives depth to his images.  Arthur Jacob’s fine art photography is a combination of the ability to envision a superb image with the skill to create the artwork.”
    -Ellen Fisch, Internationally known Abstract photographer

“. . . pieces that are both joyous and intriguing, graceful and potent”
    -Tim Broughton, Gallery ArtLA

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written by Carolyn Edlund, Arts Business Insitute

Arts Business Insitute recently spoke with photographer Arthur Jacob about his inspiration and the creative nature of his medium.

How did your career as an artist begin?

As early as I can remember, my sense of sight was the strongest of all five senses. As I grew older I began to do all sorts of art projects, but always with a sense of bold colors, shapes, and movement. In 2003 I moved to Las Vegas and while unpacking, I discovered a box with a digital camera in it. Someone said to me, “Do something with it!”

I began taking shots of almost anything, as well as, doing portfolios for new entertainment artists in Las Vegas. Late one night, while I was touching up an image on the computer, I accidentally hit the wrong key and the image before me changed in terms of shapes and movement. I added a little bit of colour and that was it, I began a new creative adventure.

 

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Art is the primary method through which an individual attempts to share their view of the world around them with others. Art has existed for hundreds of thousands of years and has taken many forms over the centuries. The earliest humans attempted to preserve knowledge and culture through crude sculptures and drawings, many of which can be seen in museums and archaeological sites to this day.

Greek and Roman culture fostered an explosion of art through sculpture and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance gave us famous works such as Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and Michelangelo’s “David”.    

Photography is the result of scientific achievement, originally a combination of mechanical design and chemical reaction to light. Today’s cameras do without the chemical reaction, instead of allowing digital processing of light which leads to high-quality images.  

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Every February 14th, across the US and in other places of the world, flowers, gifts, cards and other mementos are exchanged between loved ones in the name of Valentine’s Day.  Valentine’s Day has a history in both the Catholic and Christian Church traditions.

One story contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome.  Emperor Claudius II, however, decided to outlaw marriage for young men and women.  Single men were better soldiers than soldiers with wives.  Valentine, believing that the emperor was unjust, kept performing marriages anyway. 

When the church found out that these ceremonies were being held anyway, Emperor Claudius II ordered Valentine to be put to death.

Another possible story for the beginning of Valentine’s Day is the story of the members of the Luperci.

Luperci was a group of Roman priests that would go to a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa.  The ceremony included the skinning of a goat and a dog. 

Roman women were included in the ceremony and were described as liking the ceremony because they were allowed to rub themselves against the skins. It was believed that doing this would make them more fertile in the coming year.  This ceremony continued until the end of the 5th century when it became outlawed by the Christians because it was “un-Christian.” 

However, at the end of the 5th century, Pope Gladius declared there would be Valentine’s day.

Popularity of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s greetings continued their popularity in the middle ages but written notes/cards did not appear until the 1400’s. 

The oldest Valentine remains to be one from Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife.  Early in the 18th-century people began exchanging valentines.  Around 1840 In America, Esther A. Howland (known as the “Mother of the Valentine’ Day) made elaborate cards. 

Today, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent annually.  Women now send approximately 85 percent of all valentines. 

 

Names and dates provided by http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day

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