REGINA JACOBSON: BIO

Born in Los Angeles and residing in Laguna Beach, CA., Regina earned her BFA and MFA from LCAD – Laguna College of Art + Design. As a Representational Figurative Artist, Regina’s oil paintings reflect her circuitous path to Fine Arts through the Fashion Industry. Her current body of work, A Beautiful Lie, richly examines the vulnerability of humanity in the grip of life’s shadows. Based on the concept that the human spirit longs for love and acceptance, Regina’s work unveils the delicate self-worth of her subjects, undermined by a society where idealized standards seem hallowed and venerated.

“While my process of visualizing the final image includes a partnership between painting from life, my imagination and photo references, the end product is usually a departure from where I started as I inevitably respond to the work throughout the creative process.”

Artistic Statement

A syntheses of my background in fine art, fashion and religion,“The Cult of Beauty” is a series of realistic figurative oil paintings portraying a social and philosophical narrative. Based on the concept that the human spirit longs for approval and acceptance, these
paintings examine how a delicate self-worth can be undermined in a society where standards of idealized beauty seem hallowed and venerated.

An isolated female figure is depicted in religious – like rituals. Both Biblical and Occult references are made in order to enhance the idea of worship and broach the topic of choice with regards to this paradox of freewill and servitude. Vintage fashion industry props and flesh-toned foundational garments set the time and help stage the raw environment of these paintings which promote a voyeuristic observation of human nature’s vulnerability when engaged in the universal struggle for acceptance.

I’ve heard it said that choice is our one true possession. Choice, coupled with the idea of vulnerability and tempered with hope or viewed through the lens of weakness, is more appealing to me than idealization. As a contemporary representational painter my art deals with life’s experiences as expressed through the physical form, but while I’m passionate about portraying the human struggle regarding choices – rather than providing answers – I am more inclined to ask questions.

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The circle: this symbol, employed through out “The Cult of Beauty,” attempts to imply a standard of measurement by which we consider ourselves “inside” or “outside” – included or excluded. It confronts us with choices by raising the question of what is required to gain entrance. Once inside, the circle defines the continued actions of conformity essential to remaining inside and can ultimately become the demarcation of freedom and bondage.

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EDUCATION

2013 MFA Painting, Laguna College of Art + Design, Laguna Beach, CA

2003 BFA Painting & Drawing, Laguna College of Art + Design, Summa Cum Laude, Laguna Beach, CA

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

2014/2015 Art Renewal Center International ARC Salon Competition, Finalist

2014 BP Awards, finalist in Magical Realism

2008 Festival of Arts #1 Artist, Laguna Beach, CA

2006 Artist Magazine, National Portrait Competition/ Finalist

2005 – 2011 Board of Trustees, Laguna College of Art + Design, Laguna Beach, CA

2003 Summa Cum Laude, Laguna College of Art + Design, Laguna Beach, CA

2002 Metropolitan Museum of Art Award, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe 106th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, New York, NY

 

CURATOR

2006-2010 FAIRHAVEN MAUSOLEUM ART EXHIBITION, Group Show

2006 LCAD ALUMNI INVITATIONAL, Laguna Beach, CA

 

PUBLICATIONS

A Beautiful Lie, American Art Collector, Preview, March 2016

Art Renewal Center International 2014/2015 ARC Salon 11th Annual Competition Catalogue

Figural Movement, GOSS 183 Didi Menendez Publisher, 2015

Artist Magazine, January 2015

Southwest Art, December 2014

Post-Modern Times, the journal of aesthetics and art history,Vol. 1,Issue 2, 2013

Studio Visit Magazine, Spring 2011

The Artistry of Regina Jacobson, The OC Gazette, Sunyoung Ko, July 2010

Preview/ Two Female Figure Painters/ American Art Collector, August 2009

Old Town Talent-Contemporary Artist, Orange Plaza Review, October 2008

The Big Chill, Riviera Interiors Magazine, Winter 2008

Cottage Magazine, August, 2004

Cottage Living Magazine, July 2008

National Portrait Competition, Artists Magazine, December 2006

About Face, The Register/ Life, December 2005

One Family-Two Artists, H Magazine, Gene Issacson, August 2004

Catharine Lorillard Wolfe 106th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Catalog, NY, 2003

Art Institute of Southern California,  School Catalog and Brochure, 2002/2003

Contemporary Issues in Art & Architecture, Art Forum Magazine, Santa Ana, 2001

EXHIBITIONS

2016 A BEAUTIFUL LIE, Solo Exhibition, CBU Gallery, Riverside, CA

2015 THE WORKS, Solo Show, Ice House, Orange CA.

2015 TRANSMISSION; SECRET OF THE STUDIO, William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, TRAC2, Cal Lutheran University, Ventura, CA

2013 Juried Exhibition, OCCCA Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

2013 LCAD MFA Graduate Thesis Group Exhibition, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2013 LCAD MFA Graduate Group Exhibition, Laguna Beach, CA

2013 LCAD MFA at Laguna Art Museum, Group Exhibition, Laguna Beach, CA

2012 LCAD MFA Thesis Group Exhibition, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2012 – 2013 Great Park Juried Group Exhibition, Irvine, CA

2012 LCAD MFA at Laguna Art Museum, Group Exhibition, Laguna Beach, CA

2011 DARK INHERITANCE, Juried Group Exhibition, Seeds Fine Art Exhibitions Palos Verdes Art Center, CA

2010 DARK INHERITANCE, Group Exhibition, Biola University, La Mirada, CA

2010 FAIRHAVEN MAUSOLEUM ART EXHIBITION, Group Show, Santa Ana, CA

2010 EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY, JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2009 STILL LIVES, group show, JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2009 SUPER HEROS, group show, JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2009 HUMAN IMAGE, The Exchange Gallery, Orange, CA

2008 SUCCOR, Group Exhibition, Crystal Cathedral, Santa Ana, CA

2008 FAIRHAVEN MAUSOLEUM ART EXHIBITION, Group Show, Santa Ana, CA

2008 Top 20, Juried Group Exhibit, Laguna Beach, CA

2004-2008 FESTIVAL OF ARTS, Juried Group Exhibit, Laguna Beach, CA

2006 LCAD @45 Alumni Art Invitational/Laguna Beach, CA

2006 Fairhaven Mausoleum Art Exhibition, Santa Ana, CA

2005 CONFESSING, Seeds Invitational Group Exhibition, Orange, CA

2005 GOD/MULTICULTURALISM, Seeds Group Exhibition, Irvine, CA

2004 NEW ARTISTS, Wells Fargo Bank for Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach, CA

2004 Laguna Beach City Hall Summer Exhibition, Laguna Beach, CA

2003 REGINA JACOBSON, Solo Show, Gallery 1951, Laguna Beach, CA

2003 LCAD JURIED ALUMNI EXHIBITION, Laguna Beach, CA

2003 Catherine Lorillard Wolfe 106th Annual Juried Exhibition, New York, NY

2002 SOLO WINTER EXHIBITION, Laguna Beach Playhouse, Laguna Beach, CA

2002 Group Show, Gallery 1951, Laguna Beach, CA

2002 LCAD STUDENT GALLERY SUMMER SHOW, Laguna Beach, CA

2002 Selected Student Exhibition, LCAD, Laguna Beach, CA

2001 Group Show, Gallery 1951, Laguna Beach, CA

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Concordia University, CA

Laguna College of Art + Design, CA

Peter Templeton, CDM, CA

Tim & Christina Noonan Collection, Beverly Hills, CA

Steve & Pam Fossler, Newport Beach, CA

Tullman Collection, Chicago, IL

C. Urie-Chickering, Laguna, CA

Laguna College of Art + Design, CA

Chuck & Shelby Larsen, Pacific Palisades, CA

Robert Bouman, New York, NY

Leason F. Pomeroy lll, Santa Ana, CA

Todd and Joselyn Miller, Laguna Beach, CA

Michael & Karen Gilbert, Thousand Oaks, CA

Stephen J. Cloobeck, Las Vegas, NV

Ronald & Gizelle Russ, Laguna Beach, CA

Brian and Anna Martini, Newport Beach, CA