Marcus Jake is a UK, SW Wales & London based artist. Working in a mixed medium environment, often using photography as the cohesive element.
Born in 1971, Marcus Jake has always on some level been connected to a creative field. Brought up in house that had the smell of darkroom chemicals, for periods of time musicians and creative’s were part of the furniture.
His creative outlet from being a teenager till mid 30’s was as a musician, but always there was a desire to express visually. In 2009 he picked up a camera again, through a collaboration with a close friend he once again found himself on a strangely familiar path.
Over the next few years he won awards, had various editorials for print magazines. With a desire for a change he embarked on a degree course in photography. Gaining a Certificate of Higher Education in Photography in his first year, he decided that the course was too commercial and his desire for creating art wasn’t being taken seriously. He interviewed for the Fine Art course and was accepted immediately. He went on to gain BA (HONS) Fine Art degree.
Marcus’s style and work is instantly recognisable, he has exhibited in Bristol and London and has an international client base.
“My current body of work is an amalgamation of everything I have learned up to this point. It has taken a hundred wrong turns, an uncountable amount of mistakes, a determination and self belief that refuses to give up but is not so stubborn that it can also learn from constructive criticism. It is a unique and appealing style, edgy whilst beautiful
At it’s absolute core this work is about connection. It is experiential and transpersonal, capturing those significant moments of the parts that make up the human experience. These are emotion-drenched pieces of work, touching on sadness and heartbreak but also capturing the beauty that is life. No matter how exposed the original subject matter is, there is a sense of hope, a reflection of what comes out of this place; strength, beauty, connection and courage.
On a technical level, I wanted to make a photograph look like a painting. To do this I use various materials; resin, encaustic, photography, acrylics, oils, wood, plaster and other mediums.
On an emotional level, I wanted to evoke a response in the viewer. The subjects in the pieces are all acting out something real, something that is personal to them, although we have all had different experiences in life we all have a shared past to some degree, most definitely we have an understanding and connection to this part of us, whether we have lived it or not.”
2014 – Clarke Willmott Emerging Artist Award – Final Selection
2014 – ModelInScene, Competition Winner – Natural Beauty Category
2012 – Official Nominee, Black and White Spider Awards – Nude Category
2011 – Official selection, Prix de la Photographie – Fine Art Category
2011 – Bronze Award, International Loupe Awards – Medium Format Fine Art Category
2010 -Bronze Award for International Aperture Awards – Wedding Photography Category
2017 – Flux Summer Exhibition – Chelsea University of the Arts. London
2016 – Flux Exhibition – Truman Brewery. London.
2016 – Tribe16 Art Festival – Ugly Duck. London.
2016 – Exhibit Here Summer Exhibition – The Menier Gallery. London
2015 – FLUX Exhibition – Royal College of Art. Kensington. London
2015 – Arnolfini – The Other Art Fair. Bristol
2014 – 13 The Gallery – Islington. London
2014 – Clarke Willmott – Emerging Artist. Bristol.
2013 – Essence Art Exhibition, Hallam Conference Centre. London.
2013 – Be.in Bristol – Palimpsest, as a reflective form. Bristol
2013 – The Parlour Showrooms – Duende. Bristol
2013 – My Painted House – Alma Vale. Bristol
2013 – The Start Project – The Masquerade. Bristol
2013 – The Start Project – Intel vs Inteligence. Bristol
2013 – Spike Island – Spike Open, UWE submission. Bristol
2012 – The Island Gallery – ‘unseen reflections’. Bristol
2012 – F Block Gallery UWE – Vantage Point. Bristol
2015 – Femme Rebelle (Print)
2015 – Model Society Magazine (Print)
2014 – Clear Nude (Print)
2014 – Quite Frankly Magazine (Print)