Jacob E. Dobson

SCULPTURE

Pointing Up the Sculpture

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This is a pointing tool that I have custom engineered for the baptistry sculpture. I am using it to enlarge the 1/4 scale maquette to the full scale sculpture that is over 14 feet wide. This is an undertaking!

Angel Moroni Statue

DSC_0494This is a photo I took during the placement of the Angel Moroni on the Indianapolis Indiana Temple. I feel blessed to have seen this done here in Indiana, my home.

GATE MAQUETTE

 

This is the 1/5 scale maquette that I finished this past spring to work out the design for the larger 14 foot 4 inch door.  Changing my mind goes faster of course in the smaller version. That should go without saying.

ARTICLE “MODELING FAITH IN BROWNSBURG”

Here is article that came out this March in ICON newspaper.

Modeling faith in Brownsburg

By Laura Tesdahl

Hendricks County ICON

Jacob Dobson models his faith both literally and figuratively as a sculptor of human form. The Brownsburg artist articulates the human anatomy and expression of people moved by an experience of faith. Inspired by scripture and his Christian-Latter-Day Saint values, the figurative sculptures and reliefs are created in clay and cast in plaster or bronze.

His first experience sculpting was in art class at Brownsburg Junior High. Excited by working with clay, the encouraging voice of his teacher, Mrs. Dearringer, motivated him to study sculpture at Herron School of Art. When the human form became his focus, his wife’s grandfather , Arthur Weber, a former Dean of Herron, recommended that he transfer to Brigham Young University-Hawaii to get the anatomical instruction for figurative sculpture. Then pursing his Master’s Degree at the New York Academy of Art the artist worked among many renowned sculptors of our time.

Dobson’s mother inspired him with Michelangelo’s masterpieces. When he first encountered Michelangelo’s Pieta, he was spiritually moved. This life size marble sculpture depicts Mary holding Christ’s crucified body after he was taken down from the cross. Dobson refers to Michelangelo as “a rare individual who really felt what he sculpted and what he created had impact.” the desire to impact, is the motivation behind Dobson’s work. Michelangelo prepared for each work by first reading scripture, a practice Dobson strives to maintain in his own process. “If we seek ye first the Kingdom of God all of our needs will be et” Dobson cites form Matthew 6:33. Although this is challenging to commit to, he attests to “feeling inspiration from above” when he disciplines himself to put his faith first. Tapping into faith, he models what it means to use one’s gift to do God’s will.

Dobson’s sculpture “And Christ did Heal Them” was the work the artist felt most spiritually connected to in its creation. The model for the child in the sculpture was his first born son. Living in a basement apartment in New York City, his biggest fear was how he would be able to be an artist and provide for his family. “The significance of that sculpture” states Dobson “is its representation of being.” “Referring to being what God intended,” he continues “We have a gift to create and with that gift comes the burden of being able to make it and pay for it .” Dobson was at a point of being physically, financially, emotionally, and spiritually drained. He sculpts a mother, at the end of her capabilities, she has done all that she can possibly do, at the top of the stairs, the edge, holding her child in a way that appears she is handing the child to the Lord. “The child,” Dobson states “represents the individual’s gift, the individual’s responsibility” As an artist he is confronted with how to heal from this process and that is where he says “faith come in and divinity takes over.”

Currently, Dobson is working on an extensive project creating reliefs that depict articles of faith intended for a 13 ft high bronze sculpted doorway. Living in Brownsburg with his wife and three children, he works as a sculptor and a full-time instructor at the Art Institute of Indianapolis. You can view more of Jacob’s work by visiting

www.jacobdobson.com.

Jacob Dobson’s sculptures and reliefs can be viewed at Artistic Designs Gallery during regular hours from March 12th – March 26th.

SEEK MY FACE EXHIBIT

The exhibit “Seek My Face” is now open with the official ribbon cutting done by President Monson.  The show will be up in Salt Lake City at The LDS Museum of Church History and Art through mid June. It features 25 top LDS Artists who were invited to participate with their best work.

SALT LAKE CITY — “It was perhaps the highest concentration of LDS Church leadership ever gathered in the Church History Museum since it opened in downtown Salt Lake City 26 years ago. President Monson’s two counselors in the church’s First Presidency, Presidents Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf, were on hand for the invitation-only event, as were three members of the Quorum of the Twelve and numerous other general authorities and auxiliary officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”  -Deseret News

Thanks to my wife Anna, my friends Dan Vail, Angelica, Elder Davenport, and Kurt Stumpf. I would also like to thank my students Cullen, Josh, Steve, Chris, and Dwayne. I also must thank my sister Mary Hedquist, my mom and dad and my foundry Hawkins & Hawkins Custom.  Every one of them helped make this possible.  Thank you!

 

AN HONORED INVITATION

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PRESTIGIOUS EXHIBIT

Both the triptych sculpture and the figurative sculpture below have been invited to be in a prestigious traveling exhibit “The Art of the Restoration”. The theme of the exhibit is Jesus Christ and how He is at the center of the restored latter-day gospel. It will feature 50 of the top artists in the LDS church and is being produced by the Artist Guild International. Here is the Guild’s website: www.artoftherestoration.info

The art exhibit will travel to Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, New York City, and Washington D.C.

It will also travel to Europe and exhibit in Paris, London, Madrid, and Rome.

The individual latter-day artists and their patrons who sponsored the work will be demonstrating to the world their testimonies of Jesus Christ. A few of the well-known artists invited in this exhibit are Walter Rane, Robert Barrett, Patrick Devonas, James Christensen, and Del Parson.

TRIPTYCH OF THE RESTORATION

This triptych features the first three Articles of Faith and are apart of a bold thirteen-foot gate depicting all of the 13 Articles of Faith. The dimensions of this triptych are 58″ x 94″ inches. The three bronze panels will be placed in a hand crafted wooden frame as seen in drawing below.

AND CHRIST DID HEAL HIS OTHER SHEEP

This sculpture seen below will also be featured in the exhibit. The height of the sculpture is 43″ inches and it will be cast in bronze. Read more about this work here at this link: http://www.jacobdobson.com/?p=486

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SEA OF THE FLESH

REVERSE SIDE

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ARTIST’S STATEMENT: Sea of the Flesh-1/3 Scale Working Model

1. Struggling In the Currents of the Flesh

2. Surrendering the Arm of the Flesh

3. Sustaining In the Currents of the Flesh

This has been a favorite piece to work on over the years in my spare time. I actually started putting ideas together back in Hawaii.  It represents the common thread that seems to go through most of my work.  This work has been produced with over 30 pages of notes, volumes of photos and research on waves, dozens of stories and over a hundred drawing and clay sketches. Frankly it is one of my most thought-out and complex works yet.  These photos are of the 1/3 scale working maquette. The larger 6 foot piece is underway now. Photos of this one will be coming soon.

—Jacob E. Dobson

Please leave your thoughts below.

ARTICLE OF FAITH #1

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ARTIST’S STATEMENT: Article of Faith #1 (2 feet high x 7 feet wide)

“We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.”   -History of the Church, Vol. 4, pp. 535–41

In the center of this overarching panel we see God the Eternal Father and His Son Jesus Christ, being seen by two of their disciples through the power of the Holy Ghost. On the left side of the panel there will be Stephen in the New Testament being stoned to death and witnessing the Lord Jesus Christ standing at the right hand of God, who are depicted in the center of the panel. On the right side of the panel will be Joseph Smith as a young man seeing in his first vision the same God the Father and Jesus Christ at the center of the panel.

—Jacob E. Dobson

ARTICLE OF FAITH #1 IN PROGRESS

1: Here is where it began with the frame and lighting built first to help me see how the lighting would work with the forms.

2: This is what I first worked out based on some rough sketches.

3: With the above stage I lost all interest and started over with a lower perspective that seemed more dynamic.

4: With posing new models and the new lower perspective design I felt more confidence and excitement that I didn’t have.

5: Here I am starting to block in the trees.

6: This blob below right will soon be Joseph Smith at age 14.

7: A fear of mine is creating sacred subjects that express the full extent of what I feel. It keeps me on my knees.

8: With the new idea I was reminded again not to taking for granted a great design that will motivate from the sketch.

9: I have a problem with how flat and parallel Joseph feels to the background panel.  I am going to cut him off and adjust.

10: Coming Soon!

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS

How do you interpret The Articles of Faith panels?

As this project has evolved, it has been thrilling to see one pattern or parallel revealed on top of another.  What do you think are the patterns and parallels? There are many appropriate interpretations. It is my desire that this gate be accomplished with the dialogue and input of those that share this testimony, so that it really does reflect the embodied convictions of many.

Please share your ideas and feedback for the overall gate or any of the 13 panels.

ARTICLE OF FAITH #2

ARTIST’S STATEMENT: Article of Faith #2 (14 inches high x 37 inches wide)

“We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.”   -History of the Church, Vol. 4, pp. 535–41

In this left panel, Adam and an ordinary individual representing mankind are seen bowing together offering in prayer a desire to be “at one with” the Lord. Notice how both “altars” direct the eye to Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane where the ultimate sacrifice was made through the atonement as He overcame spiritual death for the sons and daughters of Adam. 

—Jacob E. Dobson

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS

How do you interpret The Articles of Faith panels?

As this project has evolved, it has been thrilling to see one pattern or parallel revealed on top of another.  What do you think are the patterns and parallels? There are many appropriate interpretations. It is my desire that this gate be accomplished with the dialogue and input of those that share this testimony, so that it really does reflect the embodied convictions of many.

Please share your ideas and feedback for the overall gate or any of the 13 panels.

ARTICLE OF FAITH #3

ARTIST’S STATEMENT: Article of Faith #3 (14 inches high x 37 inches wide)

“We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.”   -History of the Church, Vol. 4, pp. 535–41

In the right panel we see two of the Lord’s disciples Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus wrapping the Lord’s body in clean linen. Paralleling this depiction are two modern disciples preparing the symbols of the Lord’s body for the sacrament. Notice how the “altars” direct the eye to Christ’s empty Garden Tomb where the ultimate goal was accomplished through his resurrection as He overcame physical death for all of us.

“The body was removed from the cross; and in preparing it for the tomb Joseph was assisted by Nicodemus… These two revering disciples wrapped the Lord’s body in clean linen.” (James Talmage, Jesus the Christ, Chapter 35, p. 617)

—Jacob E. Dobson

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS

How do you interpret The Articles of Faith panels?

As this project has evolved, it has been thrilling to see one pattern or parallel revealed on top of another.  What do you think are the patterns and parallels? There are many appropriate interpretations. It is my desire that this gate be accomplished with the dialogue and input of those that share this testimony, so that it really does reflect the embodied convictions of many.

Please share your ideas and feedback for the overall gate or any of the 13 panels.

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