Through cynicism and belligerent play, Jake Francis embodies the spirit of a snake oil salesman. Begrudging the role of ‘artist’ and it’s institutions, Jake inevitably relies on it’s cliches and tropes to make work and progress through its gilded halls - acutely aware of the hypocrisies associated in the process. By toying with preconceived structures, the artist attempts to reconvene both social and trivial issues with simultaneous wit and intentional ignorance.
Breaking the cardinal rule of using art for entertainment, Jake wishes to release art from its divine status and bring it back to the everyday, secular world. Like the modern tabloid, Jake’s practice is filled with blanket statements, flippant commentary and cheap sensationalism - carrying with it the same ethical difficulties. In a time where galleries rely on the ironic combination of inherent elitism and a scramble for visitor footfall and postcard sales, Jake’s practice is one that aims to inhabit the no-mans land that ‘art’ has been in for some time; an uncomfortable middle-man of aesthetic experience and commercial inelegance. Misrepresented as a ‘glass half empty’ sort-of artist, it’s clear that he is less skeptical of the water, but the glass itself.
CV & Education
Artist’s CV, 2018
Through cynicism and belligerent play, Jake Francis embodies the spirit of a snake oil salesman. Begrudging the role of ‘artist’ and it’s institutions, Jake inevitably relies on it’s cliches and tropes to make work and progress through its gilded halls - acutely aware of the hypocrisies associated in the process. By toying with preconceived structures, the artist attempts to reconvene personal, social, and trivial issue with simultaneous wit and intentional ignorance. In analysing the stereotypes of art as ‘freedom’ and artist as ‘misunderstood romantic’, Jake takes his resented roles and responsibilities in petty spite and as practice motivator; an endless barrage of humour through disdain, nihilism, and discomfort. When delving into the artist’s work, it is clear that he is caught in the uncomfortable, yet common bind of contemporary ‘progression’; a begrudged purveyor of outdated skills, and an inadequacy to move into new technologies. It is within this middle ground of aesthetic folly that the artist’s aggravation slips into brief cathartic expression. In short, Jake Francis is perhaps best placed as the classic playground bully - pulling on the pigtails of the girl he, quite ashamedly, has a soft spot for.
"Where are you in these interesting times?" Air Gallery, Atrincham. November 2nd - 9th 2018 [Group Exhibition]
"The Republic of Brexitopia" The Espacio gallery, Shoreditch, London. 4th - 16th September 2017 [Group Exhibition]
"Points of View" The Lazy Susan Gallery, Manhattan NY, USA. 22nd - 30th November 2016 [Group Exhibition]
"Last Resort" Freight, Magdalen Street, Norwich. December 2nd-8th 2015
"Repugnant" The Norman Rea Gallery, York. May 5th-16th 2014
Fijalkowski, Dr. Krzysztof & Francis, Jake (2014) Repugnant: exhibition text and guide. (Self published)
Francis, Jake (2015) Faff-ier : Art practice 2014 - 2015 (Self published)
Francis, Jake (2016) In Loving Memory #2: exhibition text and guide. (Self published)
Lushington, Jake (2015) Nipple Jesus [short film] - contributing artist
Art Reveal Magazine (November/December 2016 edition) - interview and artist feature
The Gallery Lock-In, Brighton. January / February 2018 - Artist residency
Axis Web: #fivetowatch - December 2014, March 2018
University of Brighton
MA Fine Art (part time) - ongoing (2017 - 2019)
Norwich University of the Arts
BA (Hons) Fine Art - 2:1 grade obtained with commendations. Awarded July 2014
Job/ volunteering roles
Fabrica Art Gallery, Brighton, UK.
2018 - present
Research correspondent, ‘Respond Magazine’ team member / contributor, and front of house volunteer
The Verse: University of Brighton’s official newspaper
2017 - present
Arts correspondent, critic, and interviewer
The Clunker: An art vending machine with ‘loose’ morals
2017 - present
Co-creator and co-organiser (touring exhibition opportunity)
Camp Emerson - MA, USA
Specialist arts teacher and councillor
Specialist arts teacher, councillor, and photo marketer.
Specialist arts teacher, photo marketer, and special events organiser.
Art director and head of art curriculum
Norwich University of the Arts - Norwich, UK.
2011 - 2013
Peer Assistant Learner (PAL)
2012 - 2014
Student Ambassador (Fine Art)
2013 - 2014
Alumni Marketer/data collector