Jesse is an artist working in a variety of media, exhibiting regularly in solo and group projects hosted by institutions, museums and commercial galleries worldwide.
Jesse has taught widely at a number of Fine Art programs in the UK including Goldsmiths, Central St Martins, Wimbledon college of Art, Camberwell College of Art, The Royal Academy Schools and Manchester Metropolitan University. He completed his MA in Painting at the RCA and a practice based Fine Art PhD at Goldsmiths College, London.
Over the past 10 years Jesse has been included in exhibitions hosted by galleries and institutions such as: Tanya Bonakdar New York, Tulips and Roses Brussels / Vilnius, Thaddeus Ropac Paris, Bonnefantenmuseum Maastrict, CA2M Madrid, Monito Rome, Mendes Wood DM Sao Paolo and BMoCA Colarado.
His recent project Avoidance-Avoidance incorporates an evolving play in the form of a love story, performed amongst artworks that act like supporting props. The project has been performed in 5 languages and presented at Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation Stockholm, CAC Bretigny Paris, Arnolfini Bristol, Museo Marino Marini Florence, Monitor Gallery Rome, Mendes Wood DM Sao Paolo, and at Stericher Herbst Graz. The project is being gathered as a single book publication due to be published 2018.
The Royal College of Art has been collaborating with the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts for four consecutive years since 2018. In November 2020, as part of SAFA’s annual ‘study abroad’ course, the RCA ran two workshops in Design Innovation and Practice-Led Research. These took an entirely new format, with the RCA’s academics delivering workshops online from London to participants gathered in-person at the academy in Shanghai.
Jesse works with painting, collage, writing, performance, sculpture and film to explore perspectives on political history. Looking at how events are framed and presented – his work implicates the emotional, psychological, visual and geographic distances that lie between the individual and the political environment that surrounds us.
Recent work looks at the political, emotional and material forms of concealment and transparency – looking in broader cultural terms at the political ‘transparencies’ of wiki leaks and Edward Snowden, more personally about trust, love and lying and at the same time, thinking materially in relation to methods of covering up, erasing, removing and excavating.
Since completing his PhD on the subject of the political agency of rumour, Jesse has used writing and speech as an integral part of his making process – manifesting either through published texts, essays, live events or performed scripts.
- Collaborator on the project Tigers Mind which addresses ideas of authorship and improvisation. Conceived by Beatrice Gibson and Will Holder in collaboration with Alex Waterman, John Tilbury and Celine Condorelli and hosted by institutions such as Kunstverein Amsterdam, CAC Bretigny Paris, Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation Stockholm and Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart.
- Collaborator on The Moveable Column, which uses Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbau as a starting point for a radio talk show series broadcast live on Resonance FM to explore the possibilities of reconstruction, finitude, rehearsal, production, performance, and progress. The project was originally conceived, produced and presented in collaboration with artist Cally Spooner.