'Old Masters - New Visions' since 1997
* USA * IBIZA - SPAIN * RUSSIA * BALI * BAVARIA * GERMANY * ITALY * BERMUDA * UK * GREECE * AUSTRIA * THAILAND * INDIA
Old Masters - New Visions is celebrating its 25th year in offering inspiring experiences in the Fine Arts. Techniques of painting are taught and exhibitions are held in exotic spaces and sacred places around the globe. Prof. Phil is now in his 45th year of teaching privately and his partner, Mantra Cora, has been co-teaching with him for over a decade. Their gentle and knowledgeable teaching style offers a unique and very special learning experience enabling others to enhance their creativity, improve skills, confidence and become inspired while having an artistic and cultural adventure of a life-time. Whether you are at the beginning of your path, or a seasoned artist, come join Prof. Phil and Mantra on the next great journey.
Summer 2023 * Old Masters-New Visions
Mischtechnik Seminar at the Boulder School of Fine Art
Videographer Billy Morgan of the 'Pigment Sanctuary', captures Mantra Cora and Prof.Phil speaking on the importance of Art.
"Unleash your creativity! No experience is necessary. You have all that you need." - Prof. Phil
From Paleolithic Age to Contemporary Art
From the Foreword to the publication " Metamorphosis":
"....Even when Fantastic art was strictly forbidden, such as during the period when Russia was ruled by Brezhnev, knowledge of this style of art continued to spread. One of my first students in 1952 in Paris was a very remarkable, talented person, a dancer, painter and tattoo fetishist, Vali Myers from Melbourne. We stayed in contact until her death in 2005. She and Mati Klarwein were my first followers in Paris, so it gives me great pleasure that another Australian admirer of my work should publish this book. Some of the names included here are very familiar to me, or have studied under my guidance and become excellent teachers themselves – artists such as Brigid Marlin and Philip Rubinov Jacobson. This book will carry a fundamental message to art lovers: Fantastic art has survived despite all official attempts to quench its spirit." - - Ernst Fuchs 2006
Ernst Fuchs 1930 -2015
A glance at random photos capturing moments over the last 25 years of OMNV seminars, retreats and exhibitions.
The creative workers who attend these seminars become an integral part of an ever-evolving community of like-minded individuals who hail from around the world in search of inspiration and knowledge. A family formed in artistic-spirit that equally values skill, intuition, human feelings and the power of the imagination. Whether you elect to attend a 5 day workshop or commit to a 4 week long painting retreat, a genuine transmission of artistic knowledge is offered. Be it the Mischtechnik (German for MIXED-TECHNIQUE of painting) or through versions that will serve personal artistic aims, it will be an experience that takes you on a journey to express truth, beauty, and goodness, or the raw ways of the world, or the sublime inner realms of numinous visions. A unique phenomenon of the OMNV seminars is that no two artists that come ever paint even remotely like the teachers, or their fellow students because they are encouraged to find and pursue their own unique visual language. Their 'style' reflects their individuality, whatever that may be. Studying with Prof. Phil and Mantra, many come away from the experience with an unexplained "Quantum Leap" in their work.
At Old Masters ~ New Visions, Mantra and I believe that art inspires personal growth which can inspire global transformation. We believe everyone is endowed with a creative genius and power to create regardless of whatever level of skill, belief system or perspective they may have. Most importantly, we recognize that getting away is hard earned vacation time for most people and a time for deep study for others, so our seminars are designed and imbued with a balance of learning, practice, relaxation, excitement, exploration, adventure, centering and fun. As artists and practitioners ourselves, we acknowledge the importance of a well-balanced offering, and each itinerary is carefully designed to offer a transmission of artistic knowledge; exploration of the area and culture; relaxation and integration, all under the teachers' artistic guidance in a safe environment.
OLD MASTERS - NEW VISIONS was founded by Prof Philip Rubinov Jacobson in 1997 when his mentor and old friend, Ernst Fuchs (1930 - 2015),requested that he carry on his teachings internationally to pass on the knowledge of the old masters to inspire and propagate what Prof Phil calls: 'The Visionary Tribe'. Since then, students from every corner of the world; the USA, the United Kingdom, Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, Australia, Egypt, Israel, the Caribbean, South Africa, Indonesia and Russia have attended the OMNV Painting seminars. The workshops are designed for beginning, advanced and highly accomplished artists. Regardless, of what level of accomplishment, each person brings something unique and extraordinary with them, adding something unique to the creative community, and offering everyone a seed of knowledge and experience. Life-long friendships are forged, transformation and a growing living - network of artists and art lovers stretches across time and the globe. Prof Phil and Mantra Cora offer many versions of Mischtechnik and Oil painting. Methods and Materials of Painting, Tempera Grassa, Grisaille, Brunaille, Direct and Indirect methods and Contemporary and Experimental approaches to painting, and the seven elements of art are covered. Students are taught the Basics of the Mische Technique and move forward on a journey that is increasingly tailored to their own pace of learning and mode of expression, be it in Portraiture, Landscapes, the Abstract, Intuitive or work from the Spiritual Imagination. The teachers are known to even give returning students their own individual recipes for mediums, grounds, magical effects and innovative methods tailored to the unique visual language they possess.
Of the hundreds of students who have studied under Prof. Phil over the last 25 years in his international seminars, and privately in the 20 years before that; many names have been added to a veritable roster of accomplished artists in their own right, highly esteemed and recognized in the contemporary art world. Madeline Von Foerster, Kris Kuksi, Kim Evans, Daniel Martin Diaz, Psynukki Sola', John Palmer, Benjamin Vierling, Nad Wolinska, Amanda Sage, Andrew Gonzalez, Reinhard Schmid, Cynthia Robbins, Jennifer McEuen, Tessa Mythos, Katia Honour, Carol Acquilano, Stephy Tihanyi, Marcella Di Michele, just to mention a few.
WHAT IS MISCHTECHNIK ? The almost forgotten old master techniques of painting, like Mischtechnik, used by many of the Renaissance masters, was actually never totally abandoned but handed down from master to student over centuries. It was always in use in an unbroken chain, even if obscure and rarely taught at any art school or university. Aside from the great dissemination of this knowledge by Pietro Anigonni and Prof Phil & Mantra's mentor, Ernst Fuchs and the Vienna School of Fantastic Realists, there have been a number of Masters of Mischtechnik over the last hundred years that many 'Misch Painters" today are not aware of. This has included Barthel Giles, Otto Dix, Thomas Hart Benton, Paul Cadmus, Robert S. Smulyan, N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, Franz Gertsch, and of course The Godfather of Visionary Art and influencer of Alex Grey; Pavel Tchelichew, to name but a few. In Mischtechnik, the method itself creates a sense of a living light; an inner luminosity that reaches out to the viewer and. Such attention to the creative practice results in paintings embodying a process of alchemical transformation, in which the physical matter of painting itself, the ground pigment, the egg, the oil, emulsions, and handmade mediums are transmuted through the agency of our craft into an extraordinary vision. Click the LINK below to follow the basic steps in Mischtechnik as demonstrated by one of Prof Phil's former outstanding students, the highly accomplished artist, Madeline von Foerster,