Pulls and pushes. Ebb and flow of energy. Pulsating rhytmically and very still. Birthed and absorbed. Open and closed. Dead and alive.

Here is an experimental piece I did. The model is Nordlys Miniatures’ Justine by Thorbjørn Barone.

Based on artwork by a Danish artish called Erland Rosenkrantz. A magical exhibit at #Arken I went to with my friend Andrew Wade. We both picked a painting to be used as reference. Included are pics of first day burst of oil

The paintings seemed to light up with divine light, and I had to actually check that the paintings were not backwards lit. They were so powerful, it is hard to put to words. This is my attempt at finding those words.

Rosenkrantz painted the unseen and felt, and was a follower of principles from Rudolf Steiner, meaning that everything not needing to be understood, but can be experienced. If you don’t like it, feel free to speak out loud.

For me this is all about energies and colour. And I see her as seeking for her soul but I am not sure if she is succesful. Rosenkrantz believed that the colour yellow carried the human soul - and I believe we are often so detached from our emotions, that the soul is almost a separate entity. An almost out of body emotion; this lady is both afloat and being slowly absorbed and merging with the brain-ey fluffy ‘rocks’ next to her. A ball and chain. Or a placenta of sorts. Pulling and pushing, a magnet like effect of reaching for purity whilst being held back by her roots.
  • akitaka-misenai

    Perfect! Gold.
    Beautiful harmony of color and lightness!

    • Jakob V

      Thanks so much! I feel strange using so much colour :)

  • girlpainter57

    love you Jakob always pushing boundaries,  you are a great painter

    • Jakob V

      Thanks so much, it is really kind of you. To be honest I think it is less about pushing boundaries and more about simply letting go. And for me this is what has happened over time and what requires courage. Because I do still feel anxiety when showing, but this really is a piece where I just went with the flow and felt it was too weird to be shown. So I am very happy to hear your words.

  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"

    gold, gold, GOLD!

    • Jakob V

      Thanks mate!

  • Romain Schoemaeker « Gr0gus »

    It’s beautiful; not only the piece, but the fact you had the courage to let go.

    I titled it « Birth » in my mind.

    I see peacefulness of the mind through pain of the body, I see forgiveness of self, I see emergence of contrast out of uniformity, I see a being fighting out of his comb, I see commitment through sacrifice, I see emotions taking (hairy) roots ... I see Art, and the birth of an Artist ...


    • Jakob V

      What a beautiful interpretation, thank you so much for this. Made my day :)

  • Max RichieroPLUS


    • Jakob V

      Thanks Max!

  • Magnus FagerbergPLUS

    Sweet and experimental <3

    • Jakob V

      Thanks so much mate! Glad you like this little colour explosion.

  • WojciechBober72

    Piękna praca, fajny klimat-złoto

    • Jakob V

      Thank you :) happy to hear.

  • Simona "Simonab" Bordonaro

    molto bello

    • Jakob V

      Thank you.

  • Arturo Arellano

    Art, right here.

    • Jakob V

      Thanks so much!

  • John Delamere

    I was one of the first to sign up for Thorbjorn’s Kickstarter of this figure.
    Such a beautiful sculpt. I have one printed but am still not sure how I want to paint it.
    What you have done here is transformed this into a whole other level of art.
    Great job! Never be afraid to show your art. It’s part of you.

    • Jakob V

      Thanks so much John! Honestly was very tpuched to read it. And I think for me it has taken years to do what I feel like. And recently made the 80% certain decision not to do competitions. As I am not sure I feel like competing. So to be able to play and just show without worrying about exposing myself too much is something I have needed to build up my courage to do. Everything has value. Each to their own, different strokes and all that, but I definitely feel that doing this is more me and makes me happy, and it at the same time takes more courage to show. But honestly everyone can paint whatever the feel like, but I do hope that that is what they actually feel like painting and how the feel like expressing themselves, and not what will get votes and medals.

  • Patricia Sancho

    Brave use of color. Gold and editor’s from my side

    • Jakob V

      Thanks so much Patricia. Honoured to hear.

  • Archigrog

    Absolutely unique!! Love it

    • Jakob V

      Thanks so much! :)

  • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

    I really love the creativity and vibrancy that went into this one. I have a single complaint (meant in jest and a little sarcasm). Why is she untitled? ;)
    Really great that you got the hint of leg under the water with the coloring, even with the crazy swirlies going on.

    • Jakob V

      Thanks so much! Happy to hear your thoughts. The colours underwater was tricky as I actually liked the ‘floating/absorbed feel, but felt it worked near the legs. But left it at the hair to have the full halo effect. About the title :) Well. It is kind of a joke. Self-irony in trying to bridge fine art with banal plagiarism. Every so often I like paintings that have no title as they are often mid-thought from artist I admire. Like filler-episodes of great tv-shows :) And also, I could not figure out what exactly it was about. So just left it untitled.

    • Jakob V

      Meaning title is a joke. Self-irony. Makes it feel pretentious.

    • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

      Hey, you nailed the underwater colors, tough as they may have been. Always nice when the tricky stuff works out well.
      Great and hilarious logic on the title, or lack thereof. Not sure I’d classify this one as a filler episode though; she’s a thoroughly unique interpretation of the sculpture! Titling art does sometimes feel pretentious somehow - title or no title.

    • Jakob V

      Well I like the filler episodes the most. Did you see Breaking Bad? The episode called the fly was pure art to me. And when speaking to people about it they hardly noticed it. But this piece was done inbetween big projects that I ‘needed’ to do and will probably be one of those things I remember thr most. So it feels similar. Even though it is sort of insignificant and without purpose it leaves a mark. Mostly though it is just free play. :) thanks again.

  • Pierre Balmette

    Your realizations are always very inspired and inspiring. Gold!

    • Jakob V

      Thanks for this! Makes me very happy to hear.

  • Will “Sik Willy” Hahn

    a true work of art Jakob, absolutely beautiful and i can feel the emotion coming through

    • Jakob V

      Thanks Will! Happy you like her. This little explosion of emotion :)

  • Ivan Hortal A.PLUS

    I loooooove it!!!!!

    • Jakob V

      Thanks so much Ivan! Happy to hear.

  • pit rehmke

    Hello Jacob,
    I am impressed by your new work, it is a new way of portraying it for me, the strong expressive colors are unusual for me but harmonious. The shadow of the hand on the painted mat is interesting.
    Strong! Gold.

    • Jakob V

      Thanks so much! Thanks for commenting. Actually, the shadow is not painted on. But simply cast from light. Picture was just taken at bathroom where I had a somewhat neutral background. There is a sort green sheen to contrast the harsh red right hans that was supposed to work as contrast, but it does not shine too much through the picture

  • Poliakov_Andrii


    • Jakob V

      Thanks a lot :)