Patrick Jacobs


Patrick Jacobs’s (1971) super realistic, miniature sculptures are amazing. You view them through round glass lenses built intro gallery walls like portholes. The windows range in diameter from 2 to 19 inches. What you see are luminous landscapes, close-ups of grass and mushrooms and a pair of grungy apartment windows with a view that calls to mind the distances in Northern Renaissance painting.


They are confounding. Lighted from within, they look like some kind of unusually dimensional and vivid, fisheye photographs of real scenes. In fact, they are elaborate, three-dimensional constructions like miniature natural-history dioramas with hidden electric lights making them glow. Mr. Jacobs achieves his Pre-Raphaelite-like magic naturalism using mostly artificial materials like paper, plastic acrylic gel, hair and metal.



2013 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2010 Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant Award
2010 Giovani Collezionisti 2nd Place: Roma, The Road Contemporary Art (The Pool, NYC)
2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship
2001 Rema Hort Mann Foundation


Rema Hort Mann Foundation

Al and Loralee West Collection, Pennsylvania

Museum of Arts & Design, New York

University of Maryland, Adele H. Stamp Student Union

Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Pérez Art Museum Miami

Portland Museum of Art

Colección SOLO, Madrid

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas