Jacques Bartels

Messenger 1 by artist Jacques Bartels, oil painting of a deer with antlers

I was born and bred in New York, the empire state. The idea of New York being the metropolis, being the center of culture has always been a driving force in my upbringing. I soon started playing with writing graffiti. I kept with it and then started to take art classes at the local guild. More and more I became immersed in art, and saw the relations of the graffiti mark back to other trends that highlighted art history.

High chroma oil painting Bee Eaters by Jacques Bartels

Bee Eaters

This in turn led me to getting my BFA at Maryland Institute College of Art. I learned about so many great masters, but more influential was Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Alphonse Mucha. I still felt I did not have enough of a grasp on the way I wanted to paint. I decided the best route was learning the way the masters did it.

High chroma oil painting Sirens by artist Jacques Bartels

Sirens

I went on to get my MFA in New York at New York Academy of the Arts and studied anatomy and dissection, at The Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford, England.
I paint and draw daily, at least 10 to 16 hours a day.

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