After the death of his father, and the disappearance of his brother Jake threw himself at his childhood dreams which were filled with comic books and sci-fi. This provided Jake inspirations to follow his dreams as an artist.
Jake Johnson is a American figurative painter whose recent work is based on images of modern China. A traveler who has dedicated his life to studying art from all of the major museums in the world. Jake has studied art in his youth in Florence, Italy and received his Masters in Painting from the American midwest. His young work involved creating comical hero masterstudies, which has been shown in numerous institutions, art fairs and galleries across the world, including New York, Chicago, Miami, Palm Beach and Shanghai China.
With recent work made from living in China, Jake is a world traveler with a unique perspective. His travels become his work in his latest series, with a interest in using painting as a medium to reveal Chinese culture. Creating portraits and images derived from his studies, friends and research into the new Era of China. These paintings are predominately made from life with residences of Shanghai city.
• Fine Art America,
• Turning Art, www.turningart.com
• 33 Collective Gallery, Juror: Tami Miller, 1029 W. 35th St, First Floor, Chicago IL 60609 Online
gallery at www.33collective.com
• National Wet Paint Exhibition, 2010 and 2011. Zhou B Art Center, Chicago IL. Online gallery at
• Boss Zhang Portrait, private residence Los Angeles, CA
• Boss Jiang Portrait, private residence Shanghai, China
• Toms Club Mural, club center in Shanghai, China
• Boss Chen Portrait, private residence Shanghai, China
• Mrs. Tracey Bruton, private residence, Springfield MO
• Dr. Maria-Amelia Rodriguez at Baptist Hospital, Miami FL • Zhu Sheng Xi, private residence, Shanghai China
group & solo
• March and May, 2015 Painting Heroes, Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery, Coconut Grove, FL.
• December, 2014 Art Palm Beach International Art Fair. West Palm Beach, FL
• November, 2014 Iraqouzi Gallery. Wynwood Building. Miami, FL. solo show.” Wynwood, Miami FL
• August, 2014. Perez Art Museum Miami Staff Exhibition. “Lobby Show”, Wynwood FL
• August, 2013 Shanghai International Art Fair. Shanghai, China.
• August, 2012 Shanghai International Art Fair. Shanghai, China.
• April, 2012 New Age Heroic Painting. Solo Exhibition. MFA exhibition, University of Missouri.
• July, 2011 National Juried Exhibition, Prince
Street Gallery, Juror:
William Bailey, Art Emeritus at Yale and member of The American Academy and Institute of Arts
and Letters. 520-West 25th St 4th floor New York,
• April, 2011 Red, Columbia Art League, *Honorable mention, Columbia MO
• March, 2011 Based on a True Story, Columbia Art
League, Columbia, MO. *Awarded Second Prize
• January/February, 2011 Hybrid Identity, Columbia Art League, Columbia, MO. *Awarded First Prize • January/March, 2011 Wetpaint 2011, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL
• October, 2010 Boone County Bank Art Exhibition, Columbia MO. *Awarded Second Prize
• August, 2010 Top 50, Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, MO.
• March, 2010 National Small Oil Painting Exhibition, Center for the Arts, Witchita, KS
• February, 2010 MFA Candidate Exhibition, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
• March, 2010 Nation Self Portrait Exhibition, 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago IL. Jan/Feb, 2010 Wet
Paint Exhibition, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago,
• January/March, 2010 Wetpaint 2011, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL.
• June, 2009 Idea Exposition, Obelisk Home, Two man exhibition, Springfield, Mo
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• May, 2009 Student Union Board 2009 Art Show,
Columbia, Mo *First place
• May/August, 2009 Boone County Historical Society, Columbia MO.
• January, 2009 MFA Candidate Exhibition, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo
• January, 2009 Control/Chaos Group Show, Moberly College, Moberly, Mo
• August, 2008 Exhibition, Second Baptist Church, Springfield, Mo
• February, 2008 Exhibition, Front Porch, Springfield Mo
• July, 2007 First Friday Event, Bellwether Gallery, Downtown Springfield, Mo.
• July, 2007 Brundege Drawing Group Show, Studio 405, Springfield, Mo.
• May, 2007 BFA Senior Exhibition, Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo
• September, 2006 Exhibition from Florence, Drury University Springfield, Mo.
• November, 2005 New Artist’s Show, Hagerman New Urbanism,122 park central square, Spfd, Mo.