~ Oakland Raised // Lives and Works in Paris/Berlin ~


Purchase Originals:

All Availabe Paintings Here

Commissions / Models / Inquiries:

Jesse: jessewheaton1@gmail.com

Press / Management:

Alex Leumer: info@jessewheaton.com

Artist Statement

During the past few years, my paintings have progressed into abstraction as I've become captivated by the raw beauty and texture of color. Choppy acrylics form landscapes that rivers of linseed oil and ink can flow through, dragging raw pigments with them. I temper these with degradative mixtures that eat away at color, composing their organic conflict. I guide the movements of adversarial mediums while allowing tiny cracks and fractals to propagate from the competition, details that couldn't be intentionally constructed.

Now I'm reintroducing figuration and back into the chaos, shaping the color into a still life of a drying bouquet or a painting of music. By playing loosely with a palette knife and brush I'm able to create much more interesting images by showing the abstraction of the paint's portrayal rather than a photorealistic articulation. Sometimes i integrate distorted and cracked forms of my photography by blending emulstion into the paint. These choices allow me to avoid any over-resolving of the images into too-easily digested concepts.


April 2016

Gallatin Gallery
Greenwich Village, NYC. Group show, 2 paintings

December 2014
Berlin, DE. Group show, "Human Glitch" series

August 2013
En Masse
San Francisco, CA. Group show, 16 paintings

April 2013
Steinhardt Awards Gala
Greenwich Village, NYC. Group show, 5 paintings

April 2013
Salon Art Exhibition (NYU Artists in Development)
Greenwich Village, NYC. Group show, 3 paintings/sculpture

December 2012
East Village, NYC. Group show, 16 paintings

December 2012
Drawings as a part of Open Studios NYU
East Village, NYC. Group show, 1 drawing

October 2012
Tribeca, NYC. Group Show, 10 paintings

August 2012
Art and Soul Festival
Oakland, CA. Installation Piece

June 2012
Oakland Art Murmur, Woakland-Up Collective
Oakland, Ca. Group show, 2 paintings

May - June 2012
Pop-Up! Gallery
Berkeley, CA. Group show, 16 paintings

May 2012
RPS Collective Gallery
Oakland, CA. Group show, 3 paintings


Fall 2016
Brio Magazine
Print. Fall 2016 Publication.
"Gleisdreick2" from A Human Glitch

Spring 2016
Winter 2014
A(b)endbrot Magazine
"A Human Glitch 01-04"

Spring 2014
Spring 2014
Winter 2014
NYU Hidden Talents
Online. "NYU Hidden Talents - Jesse Wheaton"
"Taylor's Constellation," "Komorebi," "Inaved Your Imagination," selected works from "Open Me."

Fall 2013
Spring 2013
Gallatin Review
Print. Spring 2013 Publication.
Selected Piece: "Octopus Mountains."

Spring 2013
Brio Magazine
Print. Spring 2013 Publication.
"Constellation." Drawing: "Peeking." Photography: "Burning Evening," "Looking Uptown."


Studio Art
Talent Scholarship
New York University

Association Award
Each Year the Parent's Association Honors One Graduate in the Fine Arts

Oakland Public
Arts Recognition
Presented by Mayor Jean Quan for "Sincere Dedication, Talent, and Passion Towards Community and the Arts"
Image courtesy of The Washington Square News