Welcome to JacobCharlesDietz.com, the official website of award-winning internationally published artist, illustrator and matte painter, Jacob Charles Dietz. Jacob’s work has been featured on SyFy and Discovery channels, in multiple Ballistic Publishing titles, at Barney’s New York, as well as in Macworld, Popular Mechanics, 3D World and 3D Artist magazines. Additionally, Jacob has designed and illustrated numerous book covers for authors and publishing houses around the world.
Here’s the deal – I really hate all the ‘I’ talk when speaking about myself, so I’ll just let my ‘official’ bio do the talking and if you really want to know more, drop me a line and say hello. Want to know even more about my boring life? Check me out on DeviantArt, drop by Last.fm, friend me on Facebook, connect on LinkedIn or follow me on my totally unused Twitter account. Looking for the validation of an artist’s statement? No problem, I’ve got one of those too>
Jacob Charles Dietz is an internationally published artist and illustrator working in both traditional and digital mediums. His work primarily encompasses future noir and science fiction themes with much of it leaning on the darker, grittier side of things. Bridging the gap between the now and the then, Jacob’s work is constructed with layer upon layer of detail and almost always includes elements of the 21st century making even the most foreign of places seem strangely familiar.
His illustrations have appeared on various book covers, posters and products, in both small and big screen productions as well as in numerous magazines and newspapers worldwide. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Jacob now makes his home in the Sonoran desert, far away from the gray skies and soggy streets of Seattle. His work is most definitely influenced by his years in the eclectic Seattle art scene and this is reflected in his flexible, but unmistakable style.
He attended the University of Washington before dropping out in favor of a small fine arts finishing school housed in an old hat factory in downtown Seattle. He trained extensively in the art of traditional illustration while exploring multiple avenues in the fine arts before making a go at painting for a living. After several years and a solid gallery following, Jacob began illustrating full time and made the jump to working digitally. To this day he continues to leverage traditional mediums in his digital work citing his love for the organic, painterly styles of years gone by. Jacob lives with his wife in Phoenix, Arizona, their young son Henry Charles and a one-eyed cat named Buddy. He has a ridiculous collection of Star Trek and Star Wars toys that he still manages to store at his parents house, though he dreads the day they send him a bill for years of back storage.
"My work explores the relationship between acquired synesthesia and vegetarian ethics. With influences as diverse as Rousseau and Frida Kahlo, new synergies are synthesized from both traditional and modern textures. Ever since I was a pre-adolescent I have been fascinated by the traditional understanding of the human condition. What starts out as hope soon becomes finessed into a manifesto of defeat, leaving only a sense of decadence and the chance of a new order. As intermittent phenomena become transformed through studious and academic practice, the viewer is left with a clue to the possibilities of our era."
Just kidding, this is a bunch of self-absorbed bullshit that I pasted in from ArtyBollocks.com, so hopefully you didn’t spend a bunch of time reading it. Truth is I hate ‘artist statements’ as they’re always just a bunch of pretentious crap. The fact is, I like sci-fi, cyberpunk and future noir themes and as a result, I make paintings primarily based on these topics and hopefully people like them.
Studio Address (by appointment)
15205 N Kierland Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254 USA
Mailing Address (send me stuff)
16211 N. Scottsdale Rd., A6A #288,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254 USA