Patrick Jacobs

b. 1971


Patrick Jacobs (b. 1971, Merced, CA) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Jacobs studied at University of Klagenfurt, Austria and University of West Florida before receiving his MFA Fine Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

A kind of pseudo-science or homespun natural phenomena characterizes Patrick Jacobs’ work, whose protagonists are typically at odds with an increasingly anxious and paranoid world. Only in their futile attempt at transcending their reality and achieving the  impossible do they succeed.

Jacobs produces miniature sculptures of hyper-realistic environments embedded into walls and viewed through glass portholes. Viewed at close range, his works are lit from within, revealing themselves with fisheye luminosity. Working with materials like paper, plastic, acrylic gel and metal, Patrick Jacobs constructs three-dimensional landscape dioramas.


2018 The Neo-Victorians , Hudson River Museum of Art, New York, USA (forthcoming)

Natural Wonders , Brandywine Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, USA (forthcoming)

2017 Dioramas,  Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Naturalia,  Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA

Patrick Jacobs + West Collection,  16th & Chancellor Street, Philadelphia, USA

2016 Escape Routes , John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, USA

Lands of Enchantment,  Bruce Museum, Greenwich, USA

MacDowell Colony Fellowship , Peterborough, USA

2015 Come Closer to Me , Pierogi, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Pink Autumn , The Art Gallery, University of West Florida, Pensacola, USA

2014Patrick Jacobs: Come Closer to MePierogi, Brooklyn, NY

2013, Dream No Small Dreams, Ronchini Gallery

2012, Interiors: From Within Outward, The Pool NYC, Volta NYC, New York (solo)

American Dreamers: Facing or Escaping Reality in Contemporary Art, The Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy

2011  Otherworldly: Optical Delusions & Small Realities, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY