The work I make deals with the human condition and experience. Based around the premise of a broken world, my paintings capture aspects of raw human nature. They visualize a world on the verge of falling apart, leaving the subjects in them with little power of their own. There is a strong focus on events leading up to and in the wake of tragic circumstances, often leaving the subjects stripped of their ambition and ego. This is meant to showcase man’s trivial attempt of constantly rationalizing unexpected things in this world, but also to contemplate the necessity of perseverance in the midst of tragedy.


Born in Golden, Colorado, Jesse Nickell was enrolled in a materials chemistry program in New York after high school. After taking a rigorous life drawing class, he realized that his passion belonged to visual art and began his pursuit as a painter. He graduated from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in 2017. He has participated in MOA's Design & Build program, held a residency at the New York Academy of Art and will study with Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum in the summer of 2018. He holds many awards and recognitions for his work, and currently paints in his studio in Denver.