"My intention is to generate a series of conflicts that implicate a drifting social consensus of the very notions of history-making, by analyzing divisions between modern and historical artifacts in search of the social conditioning that defines us.”

- Jake Scharbach

Jake Scharbach is a painter from Washington State now living in upstate New York. Growing up in a small town in Washington State the intimacy of community shaped Jake Scharbach’s understanding of unconditional relationships and how these relationships can go beyond social, political and economic status. This particular geography also developed in him an early connection to nature that informed his ongoing suspicions of civilization. The work consequently focuses on the
materialization of symbols and signs, through an exercise of comparison, to analyze contemporary cultural values. Through irony, he tries to confront the civic intention behind classical art while defining the imagery of modern icons to talk about the failures and fictions of our society. 


Jake Scharbach received his B.F.A from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2000. Scharbach's work has been presented at Froelick Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Santiago Chile, Spring Break Art Fair, MECA Art Fair, Aqui Gallery, Brilliant Champions, Microscope Gallery, Family Business, the Fountain Art Fair, the ACE Film Festival, and the Brooklyn Art Museum.