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ABOVE Soul Boat II - wire, paper, gold leaf and gouache
  • LEFT Soul Boat III - wire, paper gold leaf and gouache
  • MIDDLE Soul Boat I - wire, paper, gold leaf and gouache
  • RIGHT Soul boat IV - wire, paper, gold leaf and gouache
  • LEFT Soul Boat V - wire, paper, gold leaf and gouache
  • MIDDLE Soul Boat VI - wire, paper, gold leaf and gouache
  • RIGHT Soul Boat VII - wire, paper, gold leaf and gouache
  • LEFT Soul Boat VIII - wire, paper, gold leaf and gouache

Jake Lever

I am interested in using archetypal images such as the boat to as a metaphor for our human journey through life and beyond.  My work often dwells in the twilight territory of memory, suggestion and poetic feeling, far closer to mystery than to information. These “Soul Boats” are fragile vessels that echo seed pods as well as boats, and carry within their forms a sense of fullness and absence, life and death.  I would encourage the viewer to let these objects do something quietly with you, to burn slowly and seep gently into your soul. 

Jake Lever March 2015

Selected Exhibitions (since 2008)

 

2008 Centre and Circumference, Wallspace, London

2008 The Holy Fool of Hailes, installation at Hailes Church, Gloucestershire

2009 Greenbelt Festival

2010 Hailes Pilgrimage, Gloucestershire

2011 The Open West, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

2012 Through a Glass, Darkly - Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham

2012 Medicine Unboxed, Installation Parabola Arts Centre, Gloucestershire

2013 Breathing Space, Birmingham Cathedral (solo)

2013 Through a Glass, Darkly, Greenbelt Festival

2014 The Blue and the Dim and the Gold, Birmingham Cathedral (solo)

2015 Soul Boats, an installation in Birmingham Cathedral

 

Residencies and Publications

 

1985-86            Artist-in-Residence at Radley College, Abingdon, Oxon

1995-00            Artist-in-Residence at the Old Grammar School, Kings Norton

2000                 Creative Ambition Award from Arts Council West Midlands

2005 – 2008     Artist-in-Residence at Hailes Church, Gloucestershire

 2010                Touching the Sacred, Art and prayer to inspire worship

                         Images by Jake Lever, words by Chris Thorpe

                         Published by Canterbury Press

Current portfolio

Freelance artist and educator, Associate Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

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