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  • “Madonna with Child”Madonna with Child

    This is a cubist inspired oil painting on canvas. 24x48. Painted in 2016.

Jake Nordstrum

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artist bio

Jake Nordstrum is an emerging artist based in Wisconsin. His works are part of private collections across the country. He went to the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and received a bachelors of arts where he studied painting and drawing, and graduated in 2007. Jake has lived in the Milwaukee area for just over 12 years now. He lives there with his wife and four children.

artist statement

Artistically I focus mostly in abstraction. I'm heavily influenced by Picasso and Pollock. I remember seeing Ambroise Vollard by Picasso for the first time and just starring at it forever. I didn't know that art could be like that, and I wanted to explore that avenue.
With most of my paintings I don't have a clue as to what I'm going to do before I sit down to paint, which is both liberating and terrifying at the same time. The painting takes shape with each decision based entirely on composition and design. Most of the time I just stop when it looks finished. The majority of my titles are borrowed from verses or themes in the Bible. I like the juxtaposition of abstract art which is very open to interpretation, and Christianity, which traditionally is viewed as very black and white. The pairing of the two makes for some really interesting tension.
Overall my main objective is to create beautiful paintings that speak to the viewer on multiple levels.
I paint in oil and acrylic on both canvas and paper.