Jake utilizes photographs, advertisements and iconic imagery taken from all forms of graphic media, composing conflicting subject matter into single frame images to give the effect of an information barrage. He focuses on the combined effect of the visual information we consume in passing daily.
Jake manipulates and combines the images using computers, scanners, photocopiers and projectors to distort and arrange the subjects. The jarring distortion and juxtaposition of familiar cliché imagery explores sensations of seduction and repulsion by our consumerist, violent, contemporary culture.
Jake's work has been compared to James Rosenquist, Mel Ramos and Jeff Koons for it's refined brushwork, and pop subject matter. He currently exhibits in Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Kansas City, Germany and The Netherlands. His art is in many private collections around the world.
Born in Bloomington Indiana, Jake showed artistic promise at an early age. He attended The Arts School an alternative high school for the Arts in Oakland. He then went on to California College of Arts from 1993 to 1996 and studied under Raymond Saunders (acclaimed for his abstract assemblages of urban themes) and Franklin Williams (best known for his pattern-oriented large-scale paintings and drawings).
In 1996, Jake moved to Brooklyn, NY and continued to work and exhibit on the East Coast where he was represented by Brian Wolk studios. He returned to Oakland in 2000 where he began working for Pete Palmer, an advertising mogul with an interest in Jake's art. Palmer arranged a patronage setting Jake up in a studio for 3 years, paying him a salary plus supplies and starting a small collection of large-scale art.
When Jake isn't creating art, he fronts the punk band “Everything Must Go” which tours Europe and the western U.S.
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