Jesse Mangerson is a contemporary realist painter touching on a wide variety of subjects including cityscape, landscape, and the figure. Much of his work bridges the gap between fine art and illustration as his process pairs the practice of location painting and direct observational study with his use of multiple photo references to create unique narrative works.
His recent focus on an historical icon in the context of a contemporary setting is the framework for his continuing cityscape series depicting the character of the vintage Volkswagen beetle juxtaposed against the city of San Francisco. Drawn to the coastal light falling across the curvilinear elegance of the form, Jesse allows the sublime to enter into the process of his search for this subject in time and space. In some instances it seems that his subject finds him whether or not he is actively engaged in seeking the reference... "It is these moments of awareness that often produce the most beautiful works."
Mangerson's paintings present the historic vehicle as a character, or a figurative subject matter that holds the stamp of time, past cultural influence, and the memories of many drivers within it's utilitarian conventions. This body of work details the streets of San Francisco with an allusion to the time before the most recent "tech-boom", a bohemian Bay-area past that seems to be quickly fading.
Jesse studied illustration at both the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, earning a BFA, and at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA earning an MFA. His work developed under the influences of Kazuhiko Sano, Craig Nelson, Mark Tennant, and William Maughan while studying along side classmates at the Academy of the likes of Tyler Jacobsen, Ray Bonilla, Angela Dominguez, Jeremy Mann, and Greg Gandy.
He holds a full time faculty position at the Academy of Art where he instructs students in the Master's program through the online platform and authors online courses. Jesse's work has been shown in galleries throughout the US, in group shows, Salon competitions, and solo venues. His paintings hang in the homes of private collectors nationally.
His illustration focus afforded him an opportunity to spend time with the New Yorker Magazine in an early career internship followed by publishing with clients such as the Willamette Week, Cause Communications, Turkey Pluckers Press, and 4 Dollar Books as well as a recent multi year focus on privately commissioned narrative paintings.
Jesse lives with his wife and children in Madison, WI.
2014 - Ongoing - Full time Faculty: Online Coordinator MFA Fine Art, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
Course instruction in the MFA fine art painting department. Courses include Mid point and Thesis preparation, Process and Thesis Development-group directed study, Landscape/cityscape Group directed study, Figurative and Narrative painting Group directed Study
Manage the content and quality of the curriculum, both onsite and online, including curriculum assessment, course authorship, proofing and editing content of fellow course authors, and executing online painting and drawing instructional video demos
Organize faculty to evaluate the effectiveness of courses and course sequences including the development and implementation of Rubrics across the full spectrum of FA curriculum.
Member and lead on both Mid-point and Final review committees
Initiate curriculum improvement activities, including Faculty meetings, assigning course revision/rebuilds, curriculum review and new course development.
Assist and mentor new and returning faculty. Conduct peer evaluations.
Advise and mentor students
2012 - 2014 - Full time faculty: Assistant Online Coordinator MFA Fine Art, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
Course instruction in the MFA fine art painting department including skill-building courses through Thesis directed studies.
Directing and critiquing MFA thesis candidates through a full body of high-level work.
Online Course authoring, content review, proof reading, and image design.
Executing online painting and drawing instructional video demos
Development and implementation of Fine Art first year rubrics across multiple disciplines
Member and lead on both Mid-point and Final review committees
Mid- point review and final review workshop developer and instructor
New instructor mentoring and feedback.
2008 - 2012 - Instructor, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
Online and onsite instruction.
Foundations Instructor: Analysis of form, Color and design, Sketching for Communication.
BFA Instructor: Still life painting
MFA Instructor: Color Theory, Chiaroscuro, MS painting, MS Drawing, Process and Thesis development-group directed study, mid point proposal /Final Thesis Presentation workshop
New Instructor mentoring and online system development group.
Online Course Authorship and Video demonstration production.
Selected Freelance Illustration:
“Hershberger Raw Milk trial” Editorial illustration. Grazin Acres and Farmersontrial.com, Madison, WI
“Reverie Wraps”, web and print illustration.
The Willamette Week. Editorial illustration.
“50 ways YOU can show George the door in 2004”. Illustrator. Cause Communications, Denver, CO
“Four is a little Four is A lot” Illustration and art direction. Four-Dollar Books, San Francisco, CA
“Dinner at Chuggies” Illustrator. Turkey Plucker’s Press. Valparaiso, IN
Advertising and marketing package Illustration. Café Gondolier. Boulder, CO
Branding and Marketing package. Café Blue. Boulder, CO
2007 MFA-Illustration, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
2000 BFA-Illustration, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
2000 Illustration Intern The New Yorker, New York, NY
1999 Mike Weber’s Wood firing workshop, Herbster, WI
Selected Fine Art exhibitions:
2014-2015 Finalist, Art Renewal Center International Salon of Fine Art.
2015 “Small gems” group show, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2015 “City Streets” group show, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014 “Urban Landscape” group show, The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2014 “Urban Aspect”, Juried group show, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2014 Faculty and Alumni Juried Auction, Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
2014 The Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2013-2014 Finalist, Art Renewal Center International Salon of Fine Art.
2013 Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
2013 Faculty and Alumni Juried Auction, Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
2013 Solo Show, Visiting Artist and Lecturer, Madison West High school, Madison, WI
2013 “Art of the Automobile”, Salibury House, DeMoines, IA
2012 “Delicious” Group show. The Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 The Windover Gallery, Solo exhibition, Fond Du Lac, WI
2012 “Tiny”, Small works group show, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 Faculty and Alumni Juried Auction, Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
2012 “City Streets” Group show. The Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 Evalyn Dunn Gallery, Westfeild, NJ
2011 “Tiny”, Small works group show, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 Donation for Brandon and Kara. Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010 “Artists Under 40” Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2009 “Mischief” Group show. Studio Gallery. San Francisco, CA
2009 Faculty and Alumni Juried Auction, Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
2009 “City Streets” Group show. The Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 Busacca Gallery online. San Francisco, CA
2008 Faculty and Alumni Juried Auction, Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
2008 “Terrain”. Group show. The Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 “Delicious” Group show. The Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 The Christopher Hill Gallery, St. Helena CA
2007 MFA Show. 625 Sutter Gallery. Academy of Art. San Francisco, CA
2007 Artist in residence SFSU Taste of the Bay, San Francisco, CA
2007 Solo Show “What We Eat.” Frascati. San Francisco, CA
2007 Academy of Art annual Juried Student art show. San Francisco, CA
2007 Academy of Art Big Bang Art Show. San Francisco, CA
2006 Academy of Art annual Juried Student art show. San Francisco, CA
2002 “Art in the Age of Anxiety” CS Ledbetter Gallery, NY, NY. Group show
2002 “Paradigms Lost: Art, ambiguity, and the decoding of the unforeseen.” CS Ledbetter Gallery, NY, NY
2000 Modern Madness” CS Ledbetter Gallery, NY, NY. Group show
2000 BFA Show. Foster Gallery, UW Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI 1999 Arts West 20. LE Phillips Public Library, Eau Claire, WI. Juried group show
1998, 1999, 2000. Annual Juried Student art show-Foster Gallery Eau Claire, WI