Ever wonder why zebras have stripes? This question baffled biologists for years. Stark against their surroundings, zebras’ stripes stand out to its lion predator who sees only in black and white. It’s unlikely that the zebra would ever find protection from skirting dangers like these, unless, of course, he’s sticking with his herd.
When I began to contemplate the idea of designing a flourished horse, I realized that God already did. Thus my research of zebras ensued after deciding I would depict God’s flourished horse and the message in the mystery of their stripes.
Alone, the zebra stands out, vulnerable to a deadly chase. But when the zebra dwells within his herd, their stripes work together to elude their enemies, making it nearly impossible to find an individual point of attack. So what does God say to his Crown of Creation through the zebra?
Executed in life-size scale, Indivisible binds two bodies in traditional off-hand flourishing stripes to illustrate the overwhelming impact of many over the independence of one.
Putting on the final touches at the studio (above).
Celebrating Denver Union Station at the Great Hall Gala, 2014. A giclee print of Indivisible was curated into the lobby of the new Crawford Hotel as a permanent installation .
The original Indivisible resides at my studio-home in Englewood, CO.
I am truly moved at seeing Jake’s work !!!! Indescribable beauty and such a personalized art form. I am of the baby boomer generation and it does seem as tho my generation was the last of the penmanship awareness generations :-) I loved it in school and have always prided myself on my penmanship and I miss the written word in our society today, and I make a deliberate point to hand write notes & cards to the people I love :-)
I tried to order a copy of the zebras but the link will not connect :-(
WHERE CAN I ORDER A PRINT OF THE 2 zebras ??
Love to see and hear from you about Apple pencil e xperience and how they translate for the serious calligrapher. Some visual tips would be wonderful or a mini you tube video from time to time as you interpret its capabilities for the calligraphers out here in cyberspace. ….
My kids and I have been pouring over your work and stories. Thank you for inspiring and encouraging a level of determination and hard work they often don’t see anymore.
hello Jake, I’m an artist pointillist Brazilian. I love your work and needed to say that although we do work on different lines, I’m your fan and my goal in life is to be like you one day and live my own art. Thank you for these beautiful works, loved you see in the commercial iPad Pro.
My works: www.be.net/willbarcellos
I pray God’s fullest Blessing on your ministry, young man.
“Bless all his skills, Lord, and be pleased with the work of his hands.
Strike down those who rise against him,
his foes till they rise no more.” (Deut 33:11)
It’s amazing! Very beautiful!