I was born and raised in New York City. I started drawing when I was handed a technical drawing pen that felt so right in my hand that the black inked line took on a life of its own.
Of late I use a menagerie of colored pencils, gel pens and acrylic paint markers to cover black cotton boards. Music, sport, nature, various personal preoccupations are motifs that leap out from my imagination. Most pictures are unplanned. I lay a line and create by instinct. Once a piece is hatched, it becomes. Until I conclude it's done.
I may be self-taught. But I don’t consider my art to be “outsider.” I live in and breathe New York City. My visual heroes include 20th-century art namesakes. My art has been categorized as “urban, jazzy, non-drug induced psychedelic mayhem."
That sounds about right!
2019: New York Public Library, Morningside Heights, NY. Solo Show: “Mike Jacobs: On Fire.”
2018: New York Public Library, Bloomingdale, NY. Solo Show.
2016: Manhattan Mini Storage, NY. Group Show: Fresh Out of Storage, “A look back at a lifetime of art.”
2013: Upstream Gallery, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Group Show.
2008-10: Brooklyn, NY. Permanent display, twojakes Gallery. Solo Show.
2007: GaGa Gallery, Garnersville, NY. Group Show: "Outside-In."
2006: Soke Fine Art Gallery, Denver CO. Group Show.
2005: Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT. Solo Show.
Brunelle, Justin. (2019) NYCAesthetic Almanac, Past, Present Future, Volume 1. The Gershwin House, NY.
Jacobs, Mike. (2020, April). FU Coronavirus. The Pandemic Post: A Relief Quaranzine, p. 9.