In watercolors by the American artist Jacob Van Loon, lines intersect and colors blend together to create geometric abstractions of illusory architectural objects.
The creation of an artistic image begins with the preparatory stage when using a pencil and ruler to create a scale grid. It seems that thin lines lie in random order, the distance between them is not the same. But the chaos is ordered as the cells begin to fill with paint.
‘When I’m ready to work with color, it’s not just a pragmatic action. It’s like the paint travels through valleys and mountain ranges, bringing everything to a state of peace’.
The artist mainly uses a gray-green-blue palette which evokes associations with the concrete walls of modern buildings. Orange is used to accentuate important places and liven up the composition in general. Golden interventions create an impression of illuminated window openings with light bulbs.
“By the time I have the final sketch, the layers of soil are already hardening and the work surface is full of hollows and bulges resulting from the wide brush strokes,” Jakob explains. – When I’m ready to work with color, it doesn’t just mean pragmatic coloring of empty spaces, it’s about adding pigment to the surface, allowing it to travel through hollows and bulges, and watching where it stays at rest.
Van Loon’s artworks are often used to decorate the covers of music albums and glossy magazines and are shown at solo and group exhibitions of young artists in the United States.
New items in the collection can be found on the author’s social media page on Instagram and Behance. The USA ARt News offers to watch a hypnotic video, which shows how geometric abstractions with illusory images of architectural structures are created.