Chicago-based artist, Jacob van Loon, creates mixed-media paintings that combine highly technical drawing with layers upon layers of watercolor paint. Geometric lines and forms turn into wells for vivid colors, some of which get obscured under new layers of paint.
Of his inspiration, Van Loon explains, “Observing how closely people curate their own histories with the advent of social networking, my work is influenced by the inherent self-awareness people have historically maintained. I am inspired by the impact of our collective, cautious approach to impression by what we choose to show, and what we try to hide.”
Van Loon often collaborates with musicians, releasing videos of his artmaking process as their songs play along. In one recent partnership, we watch Van Loon create the album cover art for the musical group Explosions in the Sky. He brings the work to life through an endless process of drawing, layering, and coloring. [sources]