Day 7: Jacob Lomas

I am delighted to introduce this creative (@jacob_lomasart on Instagram) to the collective and share his experience of what it means to be a male creative feminist. 

Please may you introduce yourself and your practice.
Jacob Lomas. I’m a London based writer who occasionally picks up a brush and throws paint about. I also mess about on illustrator making patterns.

How did you develop your practice?
After college I didn’t know what I wanted to do except to surround myself with art so like most went to Art School. I’d recommend it to most people if only to get your hands on some free paint. I saw a few bacon triptychs and pretty much gave up, everything I painted I compared to him. I’ve heard a few artists say this. It was a while before I picked up a brush again and just appreciated what I did.

What inspires you and why do you love your practice?
I definitely romanticise central London and soho. I mostly get inspired strolling round there.

What does it mean to you to be a creative feminist?
Growing up my mum really wanted me and my brothers to understand the worker and the female struggle. Our house is adorned with 70s British feminist posters and so it was always a political drive that was built into me. Last year I joined a feminist art magazine and after interviewing some artists only then understood the divide that exists in the art world. There were a host of post-war female artists (that have since had a huge influence on my work) who were sidelined and only now are getting retrospective shows. To me being a feminist in the arts is to be curious, to not just push for a better future but to go back and reclaim those artists who maybe have been forgotten.

Please give Jacob a warm welcome to the community and make sure to follow his page on Instagram –@jacob_lomasart, and comment below!! I’m so glad to have you onboard The Creative Feminists Jacob!

If you would like to commission a portrait by Jacob or purchase any of his artwork please direct message him via his Instagram. 

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