Jacob Littlejohn

‘Littlejohn’s work brings together deep themes and a sensational artistic vigour to contemporary painting. His artistic voice is unique and timeless.’  


Currently living in New
York City and studying at Hunter College with hopes of achieving
an MFA in Studio Art.

My practice is connected to personal
interaction and investigation with the natural world. The initial inception
begins around the concept of landscape – unity, balance, focal point, and
transitions, exploring the tension between conscious and subconscious
interpretations of place and spaces. Through continually re-working intervals
of space, rhythmic movement, and perspective, my work critiques the human
consumption of natural locations, while honouring the poetic everyday subject
matter often overlooked, to augment the effects perceptual painting holds. Each
work attempts to converse the momentary sublime rooted in the vastness of the
natural world and is deeply dependent on the ontological experience.

Aspects of non-local colour placed
alongside familiar hues are combined to celebrate the maximalism between actual and non-tangible spatial and pictorial scenes. The compositions truthfully
merit the tyranny of the hand. Experiential moments that are depicted, act as
chronologies layered across time and space, established on the surface in a non-linear fashion suggesting a phenomenon while bridging conscious and unconscious
action. Scale and gesture are a continuing area of discovery for me and it is
in this area that I try to challenge the accuracy of memory and explore ways of
composing mood or atmosphere through non-tangible events – like weather or deep time. Rich earth tones and natural pigments are used to create a tangible
connection to the source, and frosty cool colours are combined, layered upon,
erased, and softened into the painting’s surface to dissolve the figure-ground
relationship. By fusing different energies within the works surface, I’m
proposing the figure, ground, subject, and process are all one cosmology.

The process involves extensive
immersive explorations of place in order to learn and question the historical
significance and various methods of tradition. The work manifests as paintings,
written projects, and sculptures that incorporate materials with literal and
metaphorical symbolism forming meaning within the work and the decisions made.
Many of the works hold journalistic tendencies that aim to intentionally defy
logic through the distortion of reality while taking narrative influences from
both Scottish and local New York myth and folklore. Stories surround us and I
believe the history of these narratives can be used as an alternative
springboard for people to reevaluate the way they engage with the natural
environment in a particularly fragmented world 



See a selection of current work


Oil and charcoal on canvas 220 x 180 x 4 cm


Oil and charcoal on canvas 160 x 200 x 5 cm


Oil and graphite on canvas 180 x 140 x 5 cm


Oil on hessian 100.5 x 135.5 x 5 cm

See 2022 Works on Paper

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