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 things in this world, but also to contemplate the necessity of perseverance in the midst of tragedy.


Jesse Nickell was born and raised in Golden, Colorado. After high school, he was enrolled in a materials chemistry program in upstate New York, and, after taking a rigorous life drawing class, realized that his passion belonged to visual art. He returned back home to pursue a career as a painter. He is currently on track to graduate with a degree in illustration from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Summer 2017. In the past he has worked as a sculptor, illustrated a children’s book, has painted two commissioned murals, interned at MOA’s Design & Build program, and has participated in a summer residency at the New York Academy of Art. He has received various awards for his paintings, and has shown his work in numerous exhibitions.