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Endless Horizons

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“I grew up with flying because my father was a pilot,” Jacobshagen said. “In a cockpit, you become very much aware of the endlessness of the sky. It’s one thing to look out sideways from a cabin seat, but it’s another experience altogether to sit in the cockpit and see the vast expanse unfold right in front of you.”

Instantly recognizable for their relationship between horizon and sky, Jacobshagen’s paintings feature a foreground that is often little more than a tiny, frame-hugging sliver of prairie below epic skies of variegated hues in works that stop just short of abstraction.

“I keep drawing books filed with sketches from my trips into the country and I then paint from both observed and remembered landscapes. The two – the real and the imagined – merge into a single scene that has a reality of its own, even if it doesn’t always exist in real life.”

Saturating a work with a certain “realness” doesn’t always mean that reality abounds. His trees are merely suggested; his farm structures but hints of habitation.

“I try to create iconic forms that have power because they just ‘feel’ right to the viewer,” he said. “By the time my sketches become paintings they have become rather abstracted; dots and dashes and little smears of paint that allow people to recreate in memory the spaces that are so familiar to them.”

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