Jake Watling received his B.F.A. from the College of Visual Arts in Minnesota. He has exhibited his artwork throughout the United States and Europe. His work can be found in the Museum of Modern Art collection in New York.

Jake Watling forms his imagery by combining his recorded ideas and experiences with a personal language of signs and symbols. The signs and symbols take many forms, including: architecture, signage, people, animals, etc. His recent work investigates subjects such as lifecycles, myth and religion.

Lives and works in Oakland, CA

B.F.A., College Of Visual Arts, St.Paul, MN 1998
California College of Art and Crafts, Oakland, CA 1996, 1999
Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC 2003

Nowheresville Gallery, Body Shop, Collaborative book project and art show with Paul Urich, 06/2023 
Anno Domini Gallery, Strangers in the Night, San Jose, CA 11/22

Nowheresville Gallery with Bill Dunlap, With Skulls and Bones I Made a Rattle, San Francisco, CA 04/14
Rise Above Gallery, Temescal, Oakland, CA 11/13
Swarm Gallery with Jared Clark, Enter/Exit, Oakland, CA 02/09
Foursided Gallery with Anna Kipervaser, Where the Buffalo Roam, Chicago, IL 02/08
Oakland International Airport, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA 03/08
Receiver Gallery with Bill Dunlap, Saved!, San Francisco, CA 03/07
Buzz Gallery, Used Cars, Oakland, CA 02/06
diPietro Todd Salon, Slow Down, Palo Alto, CA 07/06
Pass Gallery, BW/CMYK, Washington, DC 4/02

Harmer Gallery, The Show Will Go On, London, UK 04/23 
Harmer Gallery, On the Other Side, London, UK 08/23 
Nielsen Arts, 510 Allstars, Berkeley, CA 12/22
Anno Domini Gallery, Dual Duel, San Jose, CA 05/19
Telegraph Mural, 43rd and Telegraph, Oakland, CA 11/19
Nielsen Arts, Long Strange Trip, Berkeley, CA 12/19
Benefit for NIAD Art Center, Win Win 6, 2/18
Alto Gallery, Chromatice, Denver, CO 2/18
Nowheresville Gallery, Grown-Ups Hanging Out in a Parking Lot San Francisco, CA 10/17
Nielsen Arts, Flat Files, Berkeley, CA 12/17
Faultline Art Space, Hands & Pants, Oakland, CA 1/16
Benefit for NIAD Art Center, Win Win 4, 2/18
Nowheresville Gallery, Paisly Skates, San Francisco, CA 2/16
Berkeley Art Center, Exhibition and Art Auction, Berkeley, CA 9/16
Nowheresville Gallery, Group Show, San Francisco, CA 2/15
Nowheresville Gallery, NFS, San Francisco, CA 1/14
Nielsen Arts, 510 Allstars, Berkeley, CA 12/14
Faultline Gallery, 8×10, Oakland, CA 12/13
Bluxomy Gallery, Hands & Pants, San Francisco, CA 07/13
Bedford Gallery, Peaceable Kingdom, Walnut Creek, CA 03/13
Electric Avenue, Group Show, San Francisco, 02/12
Albion Mural Project, San Francisco, CA 04/12
Bedford Gallery, Outlandish, Walnut Creek, CA 07/11
ArtpadSF, San Francisco, CA 05/11
Vision Gallery, Full Deck: A Short History…, Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler, AZ 01/11
Rockford Art Museum, Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art, Rockford, IL 04/11 – 9/11
Anno Domini, Fresh Produce, San Jose, CA 12/11
111 Minna Gallery, 111 at 111, San Francisco, CA, 12/10
Swarm Gallery, Things are Expanding, Oakland, CA 12/10
Part-time Studios, Small Jawns Juried Show, Philadelphia, PA 12/10
Gallery at Penn College, Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art, Williams Port, PA, 07/10
111 Minna Gallery, Excellent Condition, San Francisco, CA 05/10
Swarm Gallery, Shop/Show, Oakland, CA 12/09
Anno Domini, Fresh Produce, San Jose, CA 12/09
Art@TheOakbook Gallery, Improvised Branches, Oakland, CA 09/09
Bedford Gallery, Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art, Walnut Creek, CA 07/09
A Bitchin’ Space, Make Art of Die, Sacramento, CA 06/09
Manifesto, Living City, Oakland, CA 02/09
Anno Domini, Fresh Produce, San Jose, CA 12/08
Lobot Gallery, The Dead Show, Oakland, CA 10/08
A Bitchin’ Space, The Circus Show, Sacramento, CA 09/08
Swarm Gallery, Sum of Its Parts, Oakland, CA 08/08
Neddles and Pens, 5 years and 50 Shows, San Francisco, CA 06/08
Bedford Gallery, Local Voice Juried show, Walnut Creek, CA 06/08
Red Dot Art Fair with Swarm Gallery, Miami, FL 12/07
Urban Expressions, Swarm Gallery w/ East Bay Express, Oakland, CA 09/07
Blütenweiss, Anonymous Drawing 6, Berlin, Germany 06/07
Oakland Art Gallery, Ripples Fund Exhibition, Oakland, CA 05/07
Bucheon Gallery, Faithfully, San Francisco, CA 02/07
Red Dot Art Fair with Bucheon Gallery, New York, NY 02/07
Richmond Art Center, Geographic Premonitions, Richmond, CA 09/06
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Sampling Oakland, San Francisco, CA 07/06
Lobot Gallery, Virus, Oakland, CA 07/06
Pass Gallery, Passtense, Washington, DC 05/06
Boontling Gallery, Overhung2: Hungover, Oakland, CA 03/06
Auto 3321, Untitled, Oakland, CA 02/06
Mission 17, Truth and Lies, San Francisco, CA 12/05
Boontling Gallery, The Neighborhood Show, Oakland, CA 11/05
Lobot Gallery, 50 under 50, Oakland, CA 06/05
Stain Bar, Suitcase Release Party, Brooklyn, NY 06/05
GILD Gallery, G200, New York, NY 02/05
ABCo Gallery, Oakland, CA 11/04
Linc Real Art, Star Mountain Art Benefit, San Francisco 09/04
Mama Buzz Gallery, Hot and Cold Issue 7, Oakland, CA 08/04
Art Explosion 2004, San Francisco 04/04
MOCADC, Juried Show, Washington, DC 07/03
Pass Gallery, Photo Show, Washington, DC 3/03
District West Fine Art, Leesburg, VA 01/03–07/03
MOCADC, Washington, DC 11/02
District West Fine Art, Leesburg, VA 06/02–12/02
Life Cafe, Brooklyn, NY 10/02
Eleven Bulls/Project Green, Brooklyn, NY 07/02

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Contributed artwork and Common Strangers
photo booklet to Hot and Cold Issue #7

“New Murals for Brand X Huarches”, East Bay Times, November 2019
San Francisco Magazine, December 2017
“Double Dare at Swarm Gallery” by DeWitt Cheng, East Bay Express, January 5, 2011
Artist profile, Beautiful Decay Magazine,, February 19, 2010
“Critics’ Best Bets for December”, Contra Costa Times, December, 6, 2009
“Critic’s Choice: Enter/Exit”, East Bay Express, By DeWitt Cheng, March 2009
“Enter/Exit”, KQED Arts, By Victoria Gannon, March 23, 2009
“Bedford’s Local Voice Exhibition”, Diablo Magazine, d-blog by Martha Ross, August 18,2008
“Profile: Jake Watling”, Juxtapoz Magazine, Feruary, 2008
“Richmond: Past, Present and Future”, Oakland Tribune by Robert Taylor, September 17, 2006
“Richmond: Past, Present and Future”, Contra Costa Times by Robert Taylor, September 9, 2006
“Local Artist”, SF Bay Guardian, September 13, 2006
“Calendar”, Diablo Magazine, September 2006
“Inspiration Lies Outside Front Door” by Jennifer Modenessi, Contra Costa Times, July 16, 2006
KQED Gallery Crawl (text and video of Used Cars at Buzz Gallery) February 2006
“Used Cars”, East Bay Express, February 22, 2006
“Leave Home”, SF Bay Guardian, February 8-14, 2006
“The Neighborhood Show”, East Bay Express, November 23, 2005
“After the Gold Rush”, SF Bay Guardian, November 9, 2005
“Common Strangers”, Mused Magazine, Winter Issue 2004
“Georgia on His Mind”, Washington City Paper, May 3-9, 2002

Geographic Premonitions, Richmond Art Center, 09/06
Zine Unbound: Kults, Werewolves, and Sarcastic Hippies, 10/05
Suitcase Magazine, Issue #1, 06/05
Hot and Cold, Issue #07, 08/04
Slurry Magazine, 04/04

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