Danish artist Rune Bo Jakobsen (B. 1975) has studied, worked and tutored workshops in Denmark, Arizona, Italy, Finland, Greece, Mexico and Malta.
In his paintings Jakobsen expresses the colours hidden within the shadows, and portrays the emotions embedded within a space. Awarded Malta Arts Funds in 2013 for the travelling ‘Popcorn’ public artwork he experiments with concrete sculptures using flexible formwork creating ‘expanding’ volumes as sensory experiences. His Sculptures also include the ‘Embryonic Horse’, a Bronze cast limited series addressing nature, infancy and sensation.
In parallel with the explorations within his 2016 Valletta ‘Backstreets’ paintings, Jakobsen developed Timber sculptures combining the concept of negative space used in casting with his architectural background of urban space where space, mass, light and movement are expressed in a 3D volume.
Jakobsen studied at the Istituto Statale d’arte di Orvieto & Monopoli in Italy between 1993-94 followed by a masters in Architecture in Denmark between 1994 and 2000. In Finland he published “Vaasa 1917-1997 Vasa” a watercolour chronology depicting architecture in Finland. Recent solo exhibitions in Malta include ‘Two Cities’ at Palazzo de Piro in Mdina, ‘Valletta Scapes’ & ‘Backstreets’ at Casa Ellul in Valletta. Exhibits also include experimental concrete sculpture exhibition at Malta Design Week. His portraits are published in The National Portrait Gallery of Malta by Nicolas De Piro and published illustrations in DC2015 for the Planning Authority in Malta. His paintings and sculptures have found home in Italy, England, Denmark, Finland, United States, Holland, Spain, France, Germany, Riga, Australia, Malta & Iceland.
Living in Valletta, Jakobsen finds inspiration from the limestone cities reflected in the surrounding harbours.
In Spring 2017 he is opening a new art studio & gallery in central Malta.