The Core Teachers
The Artist ~ Teachers
Selected Artworks by Philip Rubinov Jacobson
& Mantra Cora
Aside from teaching, organizing international painting seminars and coordinating exhibitions for other artists, Mantra Cora and Prof Phil also exhibit together in shows and are co-partners in passing on their broad and extensive knowledge of painting. During the seminars, they impart a knowledge of 'Mischtechnik' ("Mixed Technique of egg tempera and resin-oil painting) in a number of versions, as well as many other approaches, such as Tempera Grassa, Alla Prima and contemporary innovations of their own. They sometimes even merge Renaissance and 19th-century methods in drawing and painting creating intuitive grounds not unlike a Rorschach Test that serves as a matrix and jump off point from the unconscious and/or non-ordinary states of creativity.
All this underlines the importance of a profound artistic knowledge and skill in painting that is greatly emphasized in the studio, but not less than the role of the artist's and studnents' individual psyche, emotional life, spiritual imagination and process of invention. 'Psyche' and its handmaiden, 'Techne', working in total harmony. They take an integral approach in their teaching. Students learn all aspects of their craft, from the maintenance of their equipment, to the different paints, mediums supports and tools, to an acute awareness of color, light-illumination, transparencies in glazing, perspective, movement and depth, atmosphere and the relationship between all of the seven elements of art. They present all this without abandoning the quality of 'human feeling' that has become elusive in the hands of many painters today, particularly those that feel a 'higher art' must exclude human feelings..
The courses are taught in English with one-to-one contact as often as possible. This takes place in an atmosphere in which the teachers prize individualized instruction tailored to each participant's unique visual language and spirit. It is not a one-size fits all formula that id found in too many seminars and academies today. Mantra's and Prof Phil's approach inspires a serendipitous process in painting that combines preparation with a natural, intuitive and spontaneous execution, enabling the artist to achieve imagery that can run the spectrum from a 'mystical precisionism' to a vibrant abstract painting; from a classical realism to an expressive and raw emotional work. The painting is infused with an 'inner light' in the underpainting, serving as a mirror to the human spirit. Today this way of painting is considered to be a sacred knowledge by Classical, Fantastic and Visionary artists alike.
You are all welcome to join regardless of your level of skill. As Prof. Phil often says:
"No experience is necessary. You have all that you need".
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Philip Rubinov Jacobson
Professor Phil holds an M.F.A. in Painting & Printmaking, an M.A. in Painting and Sculpture and a Bachelor degree in Studio Arts and Cultural Anthropology. He says he learned nothing about painting at any university and at 19 yrs. old he left the USA to study painting under his mentor, Ernst Fuchs (1930 – 2015), co-founder of the School of Fantastic Realism in Vienna, Austria (not an institution but a style or manner of painting). Their ever evolving friendship would span 42 years. In 1997 Ernst Fuchs requested that Prof. Phil formally carry on his teachings in the Mischetechnik of painting in egg tempera and oil and he has been holding his renowned Old Masters – New Visions international painting seminars ever since. In 2012, his wife, Mantra Cora, joined him in organizing and teaching in the international seminars.
Rubinov's travels have been extensive, including India, where in 1978 he studied meditation and Kashmir Shaivism with Muktananda Paramahansa, and later wandered naked in India with a group of sadhus. In 1995, the professor founded and directed the New School of Extended Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where he served as the Dean from 1991-1997 and taught drawing and techniques of painting. The artist has participated in more than 100 exhibitions around the globe and his books and writings have been read worldwide. He is the author of the now classic; DRINKING LIGHTNING - Art, Creativity, and Transformation from Shambhala Publications and PROMETHEAN FLAMES- Rekindling and Re-visioning the Creative Fire. These first two books are an integral part of a Trilogy on art and consciousness that culminates in a forthcoming monumental tome entitled: Eyes of the Soul - Exploring Inspiration in Art. Prof.Phil is currently teaching at Barton Community College, where he will also offer the first college accredited courses in Mischtechnik Painting in the USA. Mantra Cora has also joined the faculty at BCC. Together, with their daughter Liya, they are living in the Midwest and continue to paint, sculpt, write and teach.
Mantra Cora was born in Gdansk, Poland, relocated to England in 2006 and then to the USA in 2016 with her husband, Prof Phil and their daughter, Liya. In 2013 Mantra completed her B.A. in the Visual Arts at The University of Salford in England. She has closely studied techniques of painting with Prof. Phil, Ernst Fuchs and De Es Schwertberger and drawing and painting as an Erasmus Exchange Student at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Macerata in Italy. Her Erasmus Exchange program was followed by a 4-month internship at the Phantasten Museum in Vienna, Austria. It was there that she assisted the internationally renowned artist, Ernst Fuchs, on a daily basis.
Mantra has been co-teaching with Prof Phil since 2012 in their international Old Masters-New Visions painting seminars. At their painting retreats, she also offers a section on Creative & Innovative Grounds that inspire automatic-imagery and a serendipitous process in painting. In 2016 she organized some 88 artists from around the world for the now historical exhibition: "A Legacy of Light" and also co-created and edited the catalog for the show. This exhibition took place at Castle Gloggnitz in Austria. Her art has been exhibited internationally, including the UK, Italy, Austria, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. Mantra and her family recently relocated to the Midwest and has joined the faculty at Barton Community College where she is teaching Portrait Drawing, Grisaille and Painting .
Selected Artworks by Past & Present OMNV
Visiting Guest Artists & Teachers
Over the last 25 years, guest teachers have offered a variety of techniques, methods and expertise that is rarely found elsewhere. Visiting artists add to the creative fire by bringing a unique spark of inspiration to the community and through their dialogue and feedback with both students and the teachers. Over the years they have invited many artists to visit and some to teach alongside Prof Phil and Mantra. This has included luminaries like Prof Ernst Fuchs (1930 - 2015), Michael Fuchs, De Es Schwertberger, Brigid Marlin, Peter Gric, Robert Venosa (1936 - 2011) and Martina Hoffmann. Visiting artists such as Viktor Safonkin, Daniel Friedemann, Wolfgang Widmoser, Otto Rapp and assistants to Prof Phil: Amanda Sage, Cynthia Re' Robbins, Matthias Staber, Kim Evans, Veronica Shremeck, Jody Florman and Kris Kuksi have been among them. A sample of some of the Guest teachers' work can be viewed below. Among the future guests and visiting artists will be: Benedetto Fellin, Amanda Sage, Kuba Ambrose and Vera Atlantia, Jennifer Mc Euen and many others to come.
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