Jackson Wrede

Artist Statement:

Jackson Wrede is a 24 year-old artist from Chicagoland living in Grand Rapids, MI. In May of 2021 he received his Masters of Fine Arts in painting from the Kendall College of Art and Design in downtown GR. Before grad school he got his Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting at the University of Notre Dame—Go Irish! He is a painter deep down to the bone. 

His work pays homage to the classic techniques and materials of the old masters, but his maximalist bombardment of pop culture symbols and urban iconography speaks with a more contemporary flavor. He is increasingly interested in creating more existential and symbolist illustrations that analyze the unstoppable evolutionary and market forces that dictate so much current human behavior, while still highlighting strong technical skill, rich color, and my signature sense of humor. 

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