Mark Anthony Jacobson
"It is this language of the spirit that I try to communicate in the images I create, our relationships with the animals, with the birds, with the fish and all of humanity. It is the experience of my ancestors that have inspired the stories and legends of the Ojibway people."
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Mark Anthony Jacobson with Norval Morrisseau
North Vancouver school board - Education for a new generation
North Vancouver City Council Art presentation
Mark Anthony Jacobson poses with "Mother Nature"
Mark Anthony Jacobson poses with "Shaman's Transformation"
Mark Anthony Jacobson with medicines
The Shaman Artist
Born in Sioux Lookout, Ontario Canada in 1972, Mark Anthony Jacobson started painting at 13 years of age. Drawing traditional symbolism within the subject matter of his paintings, Mark began to realize that there was an energy of x-ray design materializing in his work. Mark explained that this visual language was like seeing the life force of creation, the spiritual energy of the animals, the birds, the fish and humanity. That there was this energy of the spirit in all things, the plant kingdoms, the mineral kingdoms, all that there is in this beautiful universe. Mark felt that at a young age, the Creator blessed him with this artistic ability called the woodland art movement. Mark explained that it is an ancestral right, given to the chosen ones by the Creator, and the old ones in the spirit world, that seek to manifest their wisdom and experiences through the young apprentices, or disciples of the creative spirit. The ancestors see it all, what your heart is really driven by, Mark explains. Not all artists understand this language of the spirit, that there is a responsibility in what you are creating. Some are driven by money, self importance, ego, and selfish desires. This is not the way of our ancestors, the great Ojibway.
We are about love, hope, faith and charity, that the principles of spirit are the real purpose of why we are all here. To live in harmony with all things is what we are intended to do. To see the oneness of the spirit in all things, in one another. That we all belong to the Creator, that we need to bring out the highest good in one another, this is why I am inspired to paint. We are medicine to each other, now you can be good medicine, or bad medicine, it depends on your motives and desires. The duality of creation is always striving to reveal the oneness in all things. It's a beautiful process whether you agree or not, it is the way it is. Where there is conflict, there is resolution, it is the nature of creation teaching us at all times. Mark has been painting for around 20 years now, and he say's that he is a continuous willing student of the Creator's ways. I love art, and I love being an instrument of creativity, channeling the medicine of my people, for the people. The history of my ancestors, and the message of taking care of our environment and the creation, are really important to me.
It is a privilege to be an artist who understands that it's about the message, not the messenger. That if we depend on the Creator, the Creator will free us from all those dependencies that distract us from our real purpose. It is an honour to be a spiritual being having a human experience, and I thank you, all who love this form of art that speaks to the inner soul of each and every one of us.
To all my relations,
Mark Anthony Jacobson/Rainbow Thunderbird
Art Show's, Lifeline,
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1986 - 1987
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Other institutions that carry Mark Anthony Jacobson products and prints
Anchorage Museum, Autry Museum Burke Museum, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Denver Art Museum, Glenbow Museum, Heard Museum, Institute of American Indian Art, Makah Cultural Center, Southwest Museum, Museum of Anthropology- UBC, Museum of Natural History - New York, Peabody Museum at Harvard University, Portland Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Winnipeg Art Gallery