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Collaboration of Meaning

This large charcoal drawing on stretched canvas was created by my father Joseph Jacobs, and myself. We took turns producing this imaginative work in our own studios and without discussion. Once the work was spoken about, the drawing process was considered complete. This work and the process we went through is one of my favourites!

Collaboration of Meaning
Paul and Joseph Jacobs

Charcoal on canvas

1.5m x 1.5m

Current work

I am currently working on three oil paintings at present. I have included this one in this gallery for you to see how art works evolve over time. Stay tuned!

Current work
Paul Jacobs

Oil on canvas

Self portrait

This large charcoal drawing was created by mirrors. I held a small mirror and set up another larger mirror behind me. I looked at the back of myself and saw this unusal creature that I did not recognise. A big black back, left hand on left shoulder and a metal like helmet on my head was what I saw and what I drew. It's interesting to observe yourself from different angles and perspectives!

Self portrait
Paul Jacobs

Charcoal

Fremantle Art Works logo

I love painting and drawing and wanted to make up my own orginal logo for Fremantle Art Works. I drew a brush and pencil and then worked on these two "tools of the trade" on my computer. This logo comes with different background colours but the basis of the logo is the image you see here!

Fremantle Art Works logo
Paul Jacobs

The Sydney Opera House lifeguards

This oil on canvas painting depicts several life guards protecting the Sydney Opera House at night. In the background are glimpses of the Opera House and the dark waters of the famous Sydney Harbour.

The Sydney Opera House lifeguards
Paul Jacobs

Oil on canvas

Beeson's farm

Beeson's farm
Paul Jacobs

Soft pastel

Sleeping in the back seat

This oil on hardboard painting was born out of an old photo of my grandmother when she was a young woman. I placed her portrait in the backseat of car and tilted her head to the side as though she was sleeping during a long car journey.

Sleeping in the back seat
Paul Jacobs

Oil on hardboard

The steam of the pot

This oil on canvas painting is another creation inspired by my trip to India in the late 1980s. How wonderful was this time and place! Here existed old and beautful buildings with people crammed in them, on them and around them. Roads, alleys and bridges filled with travellers making their way to their respective destinations heaved with their precious cargo.

The steam of the pot
Paul Jacobs

Oil on canvas

Indian boy

I took a walk in the Thar desert during my trip through Northwestern India during the late 1980s. I sat in the collosal sand dunes in solace and contemplated how great life was. All of a sudden, a little boy popped up over the crest of the sand dune to greet me. All this was done in total silence, and as quickly as he arrived, he disappeared. This painting honours this boy and the various mental images I had indelibly stored in my mind from this wonderful Indian journey.

Indian boy
Paul Jacobs

Oil on canvas

Ghost tree at night

This soft pastel drawing came to me while I was drawing in Bali! I had a set of pastels, sugar paper and just had to draw this imaginary quick sketch.

Ghost tree at night
Paul Jacobs

Pastel on paper

Before the summer rains

I presented this imaginary oil on canvas painting at my farewell to my old school and place of employment for 32 years - Aquinas College. This landscape idea came to me from my memories as a child when I used to stay at my uncle's Corrigin farm in the hamlet of Bibarin. This harvested paddock has birds in the distance scattering everwhere as a storm begins it's approach. Summer relief for everyone!

Before the summer rains
Paul Jacobs

Oil on canvas

17 South Street, South Fremantle

As proud Fremantle land owners I took a photo of our first house before I rennovated it. I liked the way this federation house was modified over the years but wanted to make my own visual recording before I returned the house to its orginal former glory. This ink pen drawing now sits proudly in our Lilly street lounge room as testmony to Jenny's and my vibrant and youthful past.

17 South Street, South Fremantle
Paul Jacobs

Pen and ink on paper