Interview with Artist Jack Graves III
Thanks to websites like 1stDibs, Artsy and online galleries such as Graves International Art, the art world has become smaller. It is now easier to find brilliant artists at the touch of your fingers. With this said, I was fortunate enough to come across the work of Jack Graves III. After exchanging emails, we set a time for a short phone interview. He is a very charming and gracious man, whose passion for his art is evident as he spoke. It is an honor that he agreed to answer a few questions for us.
Jack Graves is an American artist, born in 1988 in Jacksonville, Florida. From an early age, Jack developed his talent for creating unique and original works of art. Winning departmental awards during his early primary education, while studying at abroad at Newcastle University in England, Hampden- Sydney College in Virginia, and currently in his studio.
Over the past several years painting professionally, Jack has developed a wide audience and base of collectors worldwide. In the first year of his professional career, 2013, Graves’ artwork was unveiled and met with resounding praise in Manhattan, NY. In 2014 he was recognized by the critical review, “Internationale KUNST HEUTE”. Today his paintings are featured in numerous galleries, on “1st dibs” and “Artsy”, two international digital fine art platforms, as well as his own website.
Jack describes his art style as “Eclecticism”, “a work that juxtaposes two or more different art styles, one from the past and new ones I develop for the future.”
This approach has evolved, culminating in a completely new series of paintings he calls the “Icon Series”. In this series, he incorporates an idealized, almost photo-realistic face of an international super-star model or celebrity, an “Icon”, within a matrix of an otherwise totally abstract expressionist composition, which makes the iconic image dazzle. The “Icon Series” is a visual distillation of striking elements to present a timeless artwork.
The new “Icon Series” has been met with tremendous success with designers, galleries and fine art collectors from Hong Kong to Manhattan, selling over 40 works in a matter of months of its debut.
I have blindly found my life’s purpose in creating art. I began constructing visual art as a young child and discovered I will only cease presenting work to the best of my abilities when called away from this existence. My serious initial endeavors in art arose at sixteen with my “Total Design” drawings. An exploration into sub-conscience, disciplined abstraction cultivated an understanding of the potential in producing a unique and original art style for the future. This fertile new genre I believe will be engaging for the 21st and ever marching centuries. I call my style “Eclecticism”. “Eclecticism” juxtaposes two or more styles from the past and/or new ones I develop for the future. It is an engineered cohesive chaos of infinite imagery which arrests its viewers emotionally and intellectually. I am devoted to yielding unto the world authentic and timeless artwork through this paradigm. – Jack Graves III
How did you know art was your calling?
I grew up in my Father’s art gallery, Graves International Art, and was always surrounded by an eclectic mix of artworks. Drawing is one of the initial activities a child enjoys and I never stopped. As I matured my love for creating visual art grew and my faith in it as a career did also. I love that there are no rules and I simply have to aspire to the best of my own ability.
How do you balance artistic expression and commercial success?
I developed the “Icon Series “ as a reputable art expression that also is accessible to a large purchasing base. The sale of these works allows me to provide for myself and have time to produce personal artworks for which I wish to be known for.
Icon Series by Jack Graves III
You have described your work as Eclecticism. You also have a wonderful collection of this work. Will you describe this for our readers?
An Eclecticism work uses two or more different art styles, from the past, or what new ones I develop for the future, in best presenting an original artwork.
Eclecticism Series by Jack Graves III
Finally, do you have any advice for young artists?
Stay true to becoming an artist if you want it more than anything. Develop a style which is accessible to a large audience and then with some time produce your masterpieces. Remember your patrons, be professional, and be grateful.
All photographs by permission of Jack Graves III