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Artist Biographies

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Jacobs, Ted Seth
Jacobsen, Antonio Gasparo
Johns, Clarence Marshall
Johns, Jasper
Jones, Charles

Ted Seth Jacobs

Ted Seth Jacobs
b. 1927
American portrait and still-life artist

Born in 1927, Ted Seth Jacobs began teaching at age eighteen, as an occasional substitute for his Art Students League instructor. Since then, he has taught thousands of students, over a period of many years, first privately, and subsequently, at the Art Student League and the New York Academy. In 1987 he created his own art school of painting and drawing, L’Ecole Albert Defois, in Les Cerqueux, France which attracts students internationally. Since the opening of L’Ecole Albert Defois, over twenty American art students have acquired second homes in Les Cerqueux and its nearby villages. Hundreds of former students are now making careers in art, exhibiting, painting commissions, winning awards, writing books, and teaching. As a rule, Jacobs creates all of his art only from life or imagination; he never employs photographic aids.

Antonio Gasparo Jacobsen

Antonio Gasparo Jacobsen
Danish born American maritime artist

Jacobsen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark where he attended the Royal Academy of Design before heading across the Atlantic Ocean. He arrived in the United States in August 1873. He settled in West Hoboken, New Jersey (now Union City, New Jersey), across the Hudson River from Manhatten and New York Harbor, its port filled with ships from America and around the world. Jacobsen got his start painting pictures of ships on safes, and as his reputation grew, he was asked to do portraits of ships by their owners, captains and crew, selling many of his works for five dollars. Jacobsen painted more than 6,000 portraits of sail and steam vessels, making him “the most prolific of marine artists”. Many of his commissions came from sea captains, who chose Jacobsen both for the accuracy of his work and his low commission fee.

Clarence Marshall (C.M.) Johns

Clarence Marshall (C.M.) Johns
American animal, landscape, and still life painter

Clarence Marshall was an American artist active in Pennsylvania who specialized in animal paintings. He was an active participant in the Pittsburgh artist community, and his exhibitions include the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Annual, Philadelphia Centennial Art Gallery, and Pittsburgh Artist’s Association.

Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns
b. 1930
American contemporary painter and printmaker

Jasper Johns was born in Georgia in 1930. Growing up in South Carolina, Johns later commented that “there were no artists and there was no art,” so his interests came later in life. He moved to New York City in 1949 and studied briefly at the Parsons School of Design. From 1952-1953 he was stationed in Sendai, Japan during the Korean War. After the war he returned to New York and met Robert Rauschenberg, who would become his long-term lover. During this same period, he was strongly influenced by the artistic gay couple Merce Cunningham and John Cage. Working together, these artists began developing their ideas on art. In 1958, Leo Castelli discovered John while visiting Rauschenberg’s studio, and gave him his first solo show. It was at this show that Alfred Barr, the founding director of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, purchased four works from his exhibition. His work is often described as a Neo-Dadaist, as opposed to pop art, even though his subject matter often includes images and objects from popular culture. Many of his early works were composed using simple schema such as flags, maps, targets, letters and numbers. Since 1960, Johns has worked closely with Universal Limited Art Editions, Inc. in a variety of printmaking techniques to investigate and develop existing compositions. He has concentrated his efforts on lithography at Gemini G.E.L.

Charles Jones

Charles Jones
English artist often called “Sheep Jones” for his numerous paintings of sheep

Charles “Sheep” Jones was a London painter of sheep, cattle, and deer in landscape settings. He was of Welsh extraction, born near Cardiff, Wales. Jones exhibited between 1860 -1891 at the Royal Academy and from1861-1883 at the British Institution, Suffolk Street, New Watercolor Society. He was a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy in Manchester and circa 1890 was awarded a gold medal at the Crystal Palace.


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