About the Artist
Award winning Artist/Educator, Jacoby Hinton, graduated from College of Charleston with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Studio Art. Growing up Jacoby discovered his romantic fascination with the diverse strengths and capabilities of the human body at an early age. Trained as a swimmer, a martial artist, and a soldier, Hinton has first-hand experience with the grueling training one endures while striving to exceed their limits, as well as the glory of soaring past that which had once been thought impossible. Hinton’s work often shows us what it can mean to be fully human and fully in the moment.
Hinton’s crucible of experience has forged an immense amount of discipline that is as present in the dozens of draft sketches that precede a single drop of paint, as they are in each surgical swipe of his palette knife. His use of bold colors and textured palette knife strokes create a sense of expressiveness and movement in each piece.
What does it mean to be human? Certainly there is an element of existentialism that can never be fully answered. But what if we broke down into a more simplistic approach? Our bodies are unique to our species, therefore they move in unique ways. The way we walk, the way we jump, and the way we utilize our hands and feet, we are unique to this world. Yet, as unique as we are, we are also mostly the same. We share many basic features and functions that extend across borders, languages, race, gender, etc. So much can be said with just our bodies, with just a look that we are able to collectively understand. While at the same time, we each have an intimate connection with our bodies that no one else can fully understand. It is this duality that makes our bodies such versatile and interesting subjects; my portfolio represents an ongoing exploration of this space.
My style draws inspiration from 19th century romanticism, contemporary abstract methods, and Japanese anime to celebrate the full potential of the human form. Each piece is the product of a rigorous process which begins with hours of figure sketching in order to capture the authentic physicality and dynamism of the human form. I found that an expressive energy emerges when you juxtapose a meticulously drawn human form with the controlled chaos and energy of palette knife strokes. My color palettes are fiercely bright and full of contrast, yet seemingly balanced within each painting. My work seeks to celebrate the full potential of the human form and explore what it can mean to be human.