Jacob van Loon is primarily an illustrator but that would be simplifying his practice. It would be more true to say he uses the language of paint in his design work and that is why I have included a small sample of his paintings, illustrations and drawings.
What’s clear from his style is that he derives alot of inspiration from the Russian Constructivists, his work adhering to modernist ideas and a geometric sensibility.
Here’s what he has to say about his work and process:
The most effective means of completing a visual idea lies in both the inquisitive nature of fine art, and the construct of efficient communication established by successful design. Combining methods and media allows me to do this.
My painting combines unrelated concepts under the umbrella of a central point- the exploitation of miniscule observations. Aesthetic components influential to my paintings range from the Russian Constructivism methodology, to historical events that shaped commerce in the Midwestern United States.
He has stated that those who influence him most are; Andre Petterson, Nicola Samorì, El Lissitzky, Francis Bacon, Paul Harnden, Carol Christian Poell, Barry X Ball, Daniel Arsham, Ryoji Ikeda, Maurizio Cattelan, Sterling Hundley, Edward Kinsella, Tim Hecker, Library Tapes as well as a glass of cognac, proto punk and small cute animals.
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