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Patrick Jacobs was born in California. He intentionally blurs boundaries between the traditional artistic media of painting, sculpture and photography in his works. At the same time his dioramas, viewed through glass lenses, present the viewer with a spatial and perceptual conundrum; we are drawn into a space at once determinate and infinite, natural and contrived, prosaic and otherworldly.

Jacobs draws inspiration from sources as diverse as historical landscape painting and contemporary chemical companies’ home and garden pest control brochures, such as Chevron’s Ortho Books. Recalling the Claude glass, an optical device popular in the 18th century used to frame the picturesque, the lenses invoke the invisible eye of the wary homeowner searching an otherwise vacant domestic landscape for imagined interlopers. Ortho, Greek for “correct,” further alludes to the unending quest to control any divergence from the norm, as well as the manipulation of our sense of perspective. With such a fusion of influences, these quiet compositions offer a magical view of the mundane. Here, reality has been de-familiarized, and the uncanny has supplanted the commonplace.

Each work consists of a meticulously constructed, three-dimensional diorama installed within the wall and viewed through a circular window of glass lenses. The combination of the negative focal length of the lenses and sculptural foreshortening creates the illusion of seemingly infinite depth within the limitations of a shallow space. The result is a distorted reality corrected only when seen through the lenses. Though artificial, these worlds are nevertheless strangely real and tactile.



1999 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA
1994-97 University of Klagenfurt, Austria
1994 University of West Florida, BFA
1992 University of West Florida, BA

“Patrick Jacobs: Nocturnes,” Pierogi, New York, NY (October)

“Patrick Jacobs: Nocturnes,” Kansas City Art Institute, Crossroads Gallery, Kansas City, MO
“Patrick Jacobs: Nocturnes,” The Pool NYC, Milan, Italy
“Patrick Jacobs,” TAG, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
“Come Closer to Me,” Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
“Patrick Jacobs,” Exchiesetta, Polignano a Mare, Italy
Patrick Jacobs: Telescopic Vistas, Zadok Gallery, Art Miami Context, Miami, FL
Interiors: From Within Outward, The Pool NYC, Volta NYC, New York, NY
“Patrick Jacobs: Familiar Terrain,” Pierogi, Brooklyn
“Patrick Jacobs: Dioramas,” The Pool, Moretti Fine Art, London, UK
“Patrick Jacobs,” Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
“Patrick Jacobs, Fundacia La Caixa,” (9th Cycle of Interventions at the Vestibule; Transport to Summer). Curated by Chris Gilbert and Cira Pascual Marquina (February 24–March 27)
“Patrick Jacobs,” Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY

“Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment,” Olana State Historic Site. Traveling to: Reynolds House Museum of American Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
“The Origins of Modern Landscape, 1820–2020: A Contemporary Perspective,” Curated by Jovana Stokic, PhD, Jill Newhouse Gallery at The Art Show, Park Avenue Armory, NY, NY
“A Walk in the Woods,” Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR
“Mind’s Eye,” Pierogi, New York, NY
“Hey, Look Us Over!,” Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL
“Notturno Piú,” The Pool, Venice, Italy
“Aera Synthetica, Surveying New Nature—A Markus Haala Project,” University Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA
“Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts,” American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY, NY
“Scale: Possibilities of Perspective,” Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York, NY
“It’s Hot MIAMI,” Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Maimi, FL
“Les Fleurs du Mal,” Pierogi, New York, NY
“Mindscapes,” bo.lee Gallery, London, UK
“The Neo-Victorians,” Hudson River Museum of Art, Yonkers, NY
“Natural Wonders,” Brandywine Museum of Art
“A Sun that Never Sets,” McLain Gallery, Houston, TX
“Diorama: Inventing Illusion,” Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
“Provisional Landscapes,” Barbara Walters Gallery, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
“Real Estate: Dwelling in Contemporary Art,” The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, PA
“Double Down,” Pierogi, New York, NY
“Nature,” Castor Gallery, New York, NY
“Vitel Tonne,” The Pool NYC, Palazzo Cesari-Marchesi, Venice, Italy
“Dioramas,” Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
“Naturalia,” Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
“Escape Routes,” The Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
“Small Scales: Lands of Enchantment,” The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
“Another Better World,” The Bascom Arts Center, Highlands, NC. Curated by David Brown
“CAPP at Ten: The Shape of Remembering,” The Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland, MD
“Smoke and Mirrors: Sculpture and the Imaginary,” The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL
“Not Really,” Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
“Pierogi XX,” Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“MADE,” Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
“Journey Forth,” Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, CA
“Journey Forth,” Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
“On Time/Grand Central at 100,” MTA Arts for Transit Gallery, New York, NY
“Otherworldly,” Des Mondes Irreelsm Musée des Beaux-Arts Eugène Leroy, Tourcoing, France
“American Dreamers: Reality and Imagination in Contemporary American Art,” Strozzina (Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina), Florence, Italy (9 March–15 July)
“Eureka!,” Blueleaf Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
“Modus Vivendi,” Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
“Organic Intuitions,” The Pool NYC, Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, Mexico City, Mexico
“End of Days,” Mixed Greens Gallery, New York, NY
“Great Photographs: Scape,” Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York, NY
“The Obsessions Collectives: Artists of Extreme Interest,” Calvin-Morris Gallery, NY, NY
“Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities,” Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY (June 7–September 18)
“Subjective/Objective,” Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Instructions Not Included,” Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Other People’s Fiction,” Kenise Barnes, Larchmont, NY
“The World We Live In, The Worlds We Create,” Like the Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Powers of Ten: The Relative Size of Things in Universe,” Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Johnstown, NY
“Cream No Sugar,” Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Obsessions,” MEM Gallery, Osaka, Japan. Curated by John Zorn
“Pierogi et al,” Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Winter 2008-09,” Muriel Guepin Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (December 3, 2008–February 1, 2009)
“I ? The Burbs,” Katonah Art Museum, Katona, NY
“Not to Scale,” Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Program, curated by Euridice Arratia, Long Island City, NY
(April 27–June 30)
“Superstructures: Architecture in the Artists’ Imagination,” Artspace, New Haven, CT. May 3–June 8
“Pierogi Presents,” curated by Joe Amrhein, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
The Armory Show 2003, New York, NY
“Exotic Representation,” Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College, NY, NY
“Viewfinder,” Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
The Armory Show 2002, (Pierogi booth), New York, NY
“Boomerang, Collector’s Choice,” Exit Art, New York, NY
“Tipping Point,” White Columns, New York, NY
ArtForum Berlin (Pierogi), Berlin
“Verging on Real,” Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
“Minimal Provocations: The Art and Influence of Robert Blanchon,” The Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Foreign Body,” White Columns, New York, NY
“Paper Veins Biennial,” Here Art, New York, NY
“Wunderkammer: Wonderworks,” The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Artist in the Marketplace, Twentieth Annual Exhibition,” The Bronx Musuem of the Arts, Bronx, NY
2013 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2010 Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant Award
2010 Giovani Collezionisti and Place: Roma, The Road Contemporary Art (The Pool, NYC)
2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship
2001 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant Recipient

2017 Netherlands Cancer Institute, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, The Netherlands
2016 Mural Installation with Field with Dandelions, Chancellor Street & 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA

2018-2019 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
2016 MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
2011  Bad Wiessee, Munich, Germany (July)
2010  Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT (September)
2000 AIM (“Artist in the Marketplace”), The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx,NY

Tonani, Gaia. “Piccoli, Grandi, Mondi Surreali di Patrick Jacobs (Small, Big, Surreal Worlds by Patrick Jacobs),” exibart, February 17, 2020
Stokic, Jovana. “A Contemporary Perspective: The Roots of the Modern Landscape: 1820–202,” February 2020
Taietti, Linda. “Finestre Sull’inaccessible: Patrick Jacobs a Milano (Windows on the Inaccessible: Patrick Jacobs in Milan),” Artribune, January 24, 2020
Mazzatorta, Stefano Roberto. “I Notturni Naturali E Virtuali Di Un Altro Mondo (The Natural and Virtual Nightspots of Another World),” OLTRE, January 23, 2020
Lippe-McGraw, Jordi. “Take a Look at the Polar Art Exhibit That’s Debuting on a New Arctic Bound Ship,” Departures, January 15, 2020
Fillipini, Serena. “Non Solo Paesaggi Nelle Opere di Patrick Jacobs (Not Only Landscapes in the Works of Patrick Jacobs),” ESPOARTE, January 13, 2020
Pedrani, Amaranta. “Titani Divini, Diorami Erotici E Altre Mostre Da Non Perdere (Divine Titans, Erotic Dioramas and Other Exhibitions Not to be Missed),” Rolling Stone Italia, December 2019
“Nocturnes: I Diorami Di Patrick Jacobs In Cui Il Paesaggio Is Fa Splendido E Ambiguo (Nocturnes: The Dioramas of Patrick Jacobs In Which the Landscape Becomes Splendid and Ambiguous),” ArtBooms, December 17, 2019
“Patrick Jacobs: Per Il Corriere Della Sera,” La Lerrua #416, November 17, 2019
Behringer, David. “7 Intricate Objects from Armory Art Fair Week,” Design Milk, March 19, 2019
Sargent, Sarah. “The 2019 Armory Show,” Artillery, March 13, 2019
Swanson, Rebecca. “Patrick Jacobs’ Fantastical World of Nocturnes,” Informality Art + Culture Blog, February 25, 2019
DeSimone, Jaime. “After Dark,” Kansas City Art Institute Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice, January 12, 2019
Guzman, Alissa. “Reality and Artifice Collide at Gowanus Open Studios,” Hyperallergic,October 23, 2018
Dube, Ilene. “Artists Urge Us to Get Outside and Smell the Moss,” Hyperallergic,September 11, 2018
Roberts, Paula. “A Review of ‘Natural Wonders at the Brandywine River Museum of Art,’” Philadelphia Free Press, August 15, 2018
Hine, Thomas. “Brandywine River Museum’s new exhibit finds scary beauty in the realm of decay,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 5, 2018
Crimmins, Peter. “Putting nature in a box at the Brandywine Museum,” WHYY, June 23, 2018
Chambless, John. “New Ways of Experiencing Nature at the Brandywine Museum,” Chester County Press, June 22, 2018
Tortorello, Michael. “A Lifelike Version of Nature, but Not to Scale,” The New York Times, May 8, 2018
Smith, Andy. “Patrick Jacob’s Lush, New Dioramas,” Hi-Fructose Magazine, March 23, 2018
“Armory Show Highlights and Lowlights 2018 Round-Up,” Artlyst, March 11, 2018
Ehrlich, Madeline.”Armory Week: North Brooklyn Artists and Galleries,” Greenpointers, March 9, 2018
Howe, Holly. “Armory Highlights 2018,” Avenir Magazine, March 9, 2018
Hurn, Rachel. “The 11 Must-See Works at This Weekend’s Armory Show,” Departures, March 9, 2018
Carrigan, Margaret. “Searching for Trends at the Armory Show with Empty Pockets and a Drink in Hand,” Hyperallergic, March 8, 2018
Hankin, Alexander Mason, “Art Adventures: The Best and Most Instagramable of the Armory Show,” Philadelphia Style, March 8, 2018
Mohr, Ian. “Celebs Trek Through Nor’’easter for Armory Show, Page Six, March 8, 2018
Schwendener, Martha. “30 Must-See Artists at the Armory Show,” The New York Times, March 8, 2018
“Top 10 Picks: Armory Show 2018,” Surface Magazine, March 7, 2018
Hoyt, Alex. “Through the Looking Glass,” Amtrak | The National, Feb/March 2018
“Artist Spotlight: Patrick Jacobs,” BOOOOOOOM, July 24, 2017
Behringer, David. “Broken Chairs and Floating Trash: 4 Mysterious Summer Artworks,” Design Milk, July 18, 2017
Romero, Melissa. “10 Amazing Murals to Check Out in Philly,” Curbed Philadelphia, August 16, 2016
Tanenbaum, Michael. “Brooklyn artist turns Center City building into a verdant meadow,” PhillyVoice, August 16, 2016
Hodara, Susan. “At the College of New Rochelle, a Show Meant to Provoke Double Takes,” The New York Times, February 21, 2015
Lin, Kemy.”Miniature Landscapes Through the Looking Glass,”Hyperallergic, February 18, 2015
Volk, Gregory.”Three Sections for Patrick Jacobs,”Patrick Jacobs, January 2015
McQuaid, Cate.”Toying with our tendency to trust photographs,”The Boston Globe, February 25, 2014
Hodara, Susan. “At the College of New Rochelle,a Show Meant to Provoke Double Takes,” The New York Times, February 2, 2015
Tupponce, Joan. “UR Exhibit offers a Different Perspective on Landscapes,” The Richmond Times Dispatch, January 24, 2015
Shiornoiri, Yayoi. “Patrick Jacobs: ‘Come Closer to Me’ at Pierogi Gallery,”, January 19, 2015
Roth, David. “Contemporary Landscape at Wendi Norris,” Square Cylinder, August 2013
Delaunay, Monique. “Journey Forth: Contemporary Landscape Between Technology and Tradition at Gallery Wendi Norris,” SF Art Enthusiast, August 2013
Cheng, DeWitt. “Journey Forth,” Visual Art Source, August 31 2013
Frank, Priscilla. “Patrick Jacobs’ Otherworldly 3D Dioramas of Brooklyn Apartments,”
Huffington Post, July 2012
Sheets, Hilarie. “Patrick Jacobs: Through a Lens, Darkly,” ARTnews Critic’s Pick, Summer 2012
Sheets, Hilarie. “Use Your Illusion,” ARTnews, April 2012
Buffa, Patricia. “Review: Volta,”, March 2012
“American Dreamers: La realta fa schifo? E io ne invento un altra,” Gaia Rali, La Repubblica, March 2012
Balestrieri, James. “New Wine in New Bottles,” American Art Collector, October 2011
Johnson, Ken. “Patrick Jacobs: Familiar Terrain,” The New York Times, February 17 2011
Heinrich, Will, “Patrick Jacobs Takes a Look at the Vision Thing,” The New York Observer, February 8, 2011
Sutton, Benjamin, “Patrick Jacobs’ Keyhole Pastorals,” The L Magazine, January 27, 2011
“Cultivating Talent,” New York Magazine, page 122, May 2001
“Kurt Strahm/Patrick Jacobs,” The New Yorker, January 29, 2001
Cotter, Holland, “Kurt Strahm and Patrick Jacobs at Pierogi,” Last Chance, The New York Times,
February 2, 2001
White Columns, Time Out New York, Issue 268, November 2000
Cotter, Holland, “Picking Out Distinctive Voices in a Pluralistic Chorus,” The New York Times,August 18, 2000
Wei, Lily, “Wunderkammer: Wonderworks,” New York Reviews, Flash Art, October 2000


Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL
Portland Museum of Art
Colección SOLO, Madrid
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AK
Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY
University of Maryland, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Al and Loralee West Collection, Philadelphia, PA
Rema Hort Mann Foundation
Various private collections