Art
Size / / /

Strange Horizons Gallery Presents...

Jacob Wenzka: As Space and Time Permits

Jacob Wenzka has been an Athens resident for six years, arriving there to attend classes at the University of Georgia in the fall of 1996 as a Studio Art Major, focusing on drawing and painting. He originally hails from Buffalo, New York, but spent most of his formative years in Portland, Maine and St. Simons Island, Georgia. His interest in art has been a recent phenomenon in his life, as he never took any of the doodles in the margins of his high school notebooks seriously enough to warrant any formal training. Upon his arrival in Athens, however, that all changed. Almost by accident, he found himself enrolled in a drawing class, and, with the aid of several dedicated and talented instructors, he discovered a talent he never knew he possessed. From that point on, everything came more sharply into focus in his life. Jacob graduated from UGA in 2001, with a degree in Studio Art (focusing on painting), but he continued to take classes for another semester after graduation, working on developing his skills in the area of computer artwork and graphic design. He currently resides in Athens, working both as a graphic designer and also helping to manage and do inventory for a bookstore, while he ponders the big graduate school decision.

Jacob's work is simultaneously disturbing and compelling. While some viewers find the work creepy and unsettling (prompting one local art review to name him the "Local King of Darkness," Flagpole Magazine, 2002), others see the beauty and connect with the meaning behind the images. Most often, people who claim to not be art collectors at all, and who have never bought a painting before in their lives, are the ones who purchase Wenzka's work, seeing it on the wall of a coffee shop or local restaurant and feeling a correlation between themselves and the artist and his work. Jacob's recent paintings have mostly been on wood paneling, and they are usually images of varying sizes, depicting people or scenes that the artist has observed in his life, and then filtered through his mind to create an image that people can universally relate to, capturing the feeling while still maintaining a certain degree of formality and distance between the artist and the viewer. Although Wenzka still feels that his work is in its early stages, and he has much learning ahead of him yet, he has shown the results of his learning in many venues, both locally and in other regions.


View more of Jacob's artwork here and here.

Deep In The Smell Of Caramel ©Jacob Wenzka 2000

Tour Jacob's work, piece by piece. View thumbnails of Jacob's work.

If you are interested in submitting art for the gallery, please read our submission guidelines and then contact us at art@strangehorizons.com.


 

| contents | articles | fiction | gallery | poetry | reviews |
| editorial | archive | bookstore | links | submit | about us |

editor@strangehorizons.com     webmaster@strangehorizons.com



Bio to come.
No comments yet. Be the first!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Current Issue
16 Sep 2019

A child falls. A raven feeds. A valravn flies away.
By: Marie Brennan
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Marie Brennan's “This Is How.”
abandoned but whole, and full, and drenched with the perfumes of summer nights and rose-hush
By: Hester J. Rook
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Hester J. Rook
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Ciro Faienza presents Hester J. Rook's “Stepping the Path Trod by the Moon,” as read by the poet themselves.
I have always loved admiring classical paintings. Namely, Rembrandt and Klimt.
Friday: The Green and Growing by Erin K. Wagner 
Issue 9 Sep 2019
By: Shiv Ramdas
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Sarah Shirley
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
31 Aug 2019
Brazil Special Issue call for fiction submissions!
Issue 26 Aug 2019
By: Cynthia So
Podcast read by: Cynthia So
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 19 Aug 2019
By: S. R. Mandel
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
Issue 12 Aug 2019
By: Niyah Morris
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Dante Luiz
Art by: Em Allen
By: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Rasha Abdulhadi
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 5 Aug 2019
By: Aisha Phoenix
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Alexandra Seidel
Podcast read by: Alexandra Seidel
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
31 Jul 2019
We're all so very excited to put your funds and good faith to use, providing a platform for voices⁠ new and international, creative and resisting.
Issue 29 Jul 2019
22 Jul 2019
As of July 21st, we are FULLY FUNDED with all of the fund drive content unlocked.
Issue 22 Jul 2019
By: Sionnain Buckley
Podcast read by: Sionnain Buckley
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Load More
%d bloggers like this: