Sketches from the Book of Life

An Interview with Jacob Dhein

Where Fortunes are Made, The Pattern Maker, and Central Market Deli are Jacob Dhein’s visual portrayals directly lifted from the pages of the greatest book ever written, The Omnibus of Life. He even includes himself in this exhaustive series, The Artist and the Model. By empathetically portraying the everyday lives of artists, craftsmen and workmen Jacob Dhein not only proves himself capable of creating a masterful composition but also showcases that emotional sensibility which underlies any great work of art. By making the verve, vitality and woes of common men’s lives his subject he also queued himself up behind a long and illustrious line of artists that consists such names as Giovanni Battista Moroni, Adriaen van Ostade, Jan Steen, Jean–François Millet and Camille Pissaro.

Jacob Dhein graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2006. His work has received applauds from both critics and art aficionados in a very short period of time. In 2013 alone his work has been exhibited at a number of galleries including Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX, Plein Air Group Show, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA and OPA Western Regional, South Wind Art Gallery, Topeka, KS. His work is an affirmation to the famous words of William Wordsworth, ‘The eye it cannot chuse but see / We cannot bid the ear be still / Our bodies feel, where’er they be / Against, or with our will.’

An Allegory of Human Emotion

A Conversation with Ben Hammond

Ben Hammond’s interest in artistic pursuits did commence early in his life. Born in 1977, Ben spent early childhood in Pingree, Idaho. He graduated with a degree in illustration from Ricks College. However, it is his fondness of creating sculptural pieces that became evident with every passing day. He won both reputation and accolades through his sculptural work. The lost art of creating reliefs has also received a revival through his work. His efforts in this regard gained recognition and he was awarded the Dexter Jones Award for bas–relief from The National Sculpture Society, 2008 – 2010. He is also the recipient of Charlotte Geffken Prize, Brookgreen Gardens, 2010.

Ben Hammond’s work is not only an elaboration of human forms through sculpture but rather a vessel for storing and expressing the deepest thoughts that lurk within. The bronze models seem to expose their throbbing crimson heart to the audience to behold; they even grant a share of emotions to the audience for their beauty is forever imprinted in the mind’s eye of the viewers.

Photographing Nature in All Her Beauty

An Interview with Jason Christensen

For nearly two decades Jason Christensen is capering about the glens and crevices of Utah and beyond with a 4x5 film camera in hand; for nearly twenty years he is scanning the reflections on the sparkling water of Snake River, lolling under the glowing moon in Stansbury or gauging the tide at the Pacific coast of El Matador; for the last vicenary Jason is holding conversation with every wild flower that blossoms beside the path he treads, listening to the mournful saga of every fallen leaf in autumn and learning the strange story of every brook that happens to cross his way. Jason Christensen has sipped into the natural grandeur around him and with the help of his trusted camera preserved those cherished moments as much as he could. He gathered all his experiences into a neatly showcased gallery much with the enthusiasm of a child who never forgets his scrapbook over the years. Through his photography he proved his faithfulness to art as he has been truthful to the generous beauty around him, courtesy planet earth. His paragon has been revealing the nature at its pristine best. That is why whenever anyone scrutinises his photograph one is sure to smell the earth and feel the splashes of cool spring water soaking the face, thereby, relieving oneself with the agonies and cares of the day.

Surreal and Infinitely Possible

The Art of Jane Lewis

Jane Lewis’s Il Seragglio depicts a boat gently floating on the waters of one of the many canals in Venice. It seems that the boat is a part of a grand procession, with itself decorated as a dragon–like rooster–headed gondola. The vessel carries two men, a monkey with a small mask in hand and a Dalmatian. A girl with a nice hat watches with a somewhat languid curiosity from her window–seat of an ancient building in the backdrop. The faces of both the men on the gondola are covered with masks. No one is sure what emotion they are trying to hide behind their pretences. Jane Lewis’s portrayal of her own time is thick with plots and sub–plots. And as viewers try to peel one layer to dig deeper into the story another layer appears beneath posing a further set of riddles to be solved. As always with any great work of art the audience too becomes a part of the enigma and engages into a mental game with its creator.

Jane Lewis participated in a ground–breaking exhibition at the ICA in London, 1980, titled ‘Women’s Images of Men’. Sometime before this in 1977 she won the Slade Prize on graduation from the Slade School of Art UCL. ‘Women’s Images of Men’ and its sequel the ‘Pandora’s Box’ (1984 – 1985) set the tone of this innovative artist’s journey in many ways. Over the years her work has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions across the country and beyond. Portal Gallery, London housed her work from 1993 – 2012, Westcliffe Gallery, Norfolk from 1999 – 2013. The Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk exhibits her many contemporary pieces including The Puppet Master & His Automation Dog, Marionettes and Il Serraglio. Her paintings are in proud possession of many art aficionados, galleries and organisations such as University College London, Royal Museum & Art Gallery, Canterbury, Sheffield University Fine Art Society and Standard Chartered Bank. Jane also happens to be a skilled printmaker. Her name is included in the ‘Dictionary of International Biography’ published by Cambridge–Melrose Press (32nd edition onwards), ‘The Cambridge Blue Book’ since 2005, and ‘World Who’s Who of Women’ since 2009.