Bachelor of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, 1988.


2016 The Ugly American Dream: Art Queen, Joshua Tree, CA
2015 Jefferson Speedwagon: Velveteria, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Sketchy: Studio 424, Eureka, CA
2013 The Wet Spot: Vagrant Eye Projection Museum, Portland, OR
2012 This Magic Moment: Art Queen. Joshua Tree, CA
2011 Life is an Obscure Hobo Hitching a Ride on the Omnibus of Art: Art Queen. Joshua Tree, CA
2009 For the Good Times: Accident Gallery. Eureka, CA
The Cold Hard Fiction of Life: Art Queen. Joshua Tree, CA
2007 God is Dead: Show Cave. Los Angeles, CA
2007 Haunted Trailer Park: Jack the Pelican Presents. Brooklyn, NY
2006 Drawing on the Wrong Side of the Brain: Accident Gallery. Eureka, CA
2004 The Subnormal Discourse: Morris Graves Museum of Art. Eureka, CA
2003 Open Season: Robert Berman Gallery. Santa Monica, CA


2015: Harry Dean Stanton Festival, Kentucky Theatre, Lexington , KY
2014: Laughter in Darkness, First Street Gallery, Eureka, CA
Landscape City, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA
2013: The Voodoo Yoodoo, Vagrant Eye Projection Museum, Portland, OR
2012: Against the Grain, Mark Moore Gallery. Culver City, CA
Co/Lab After Party, S.S. Gilroy. Los Angeles, CA
Burning Leaves of Autumn, Krishna Kumar Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
2011: Painting from the Wrong Side of the Brain, Sanchez Art Center. Pacifica, CA
Grasping the Obvious, Reese Bullen Gallery. Arcata, CA
True Stories, San Pablo Arts District. Oakland, CA
Tears and Ecstasy, Sancho Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
2010: Culture, Lost Coast Culture Machine. Fort Bragg, CA
Art Works Every Time, Synchronicity Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
2009: Life is Sucking the Life Out of Me, Show Cave. Los Angeles, CA
Old School, Jack the Pelican Presents. Brooklyn, NY
2007 Buster: Super Lucky #2, Art For Humans Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
2006 Portrait of the Artist, The Shooting Gallery. San Francisco, CA
2005 Flash Art Fair Milan, (with Jack the Pelican Presents) Milan, Italy
Art Chicago, (with Jack the Pelican Presents) Chicago, IL
The Hedonistic Imperative, Jack the Pelican Presents. Brooklyn, NY
Scope Art Fair, Hamptons, (with Jack the Pelican Presents) Southampton, NY
The Big Brush Off, Falkirk Cultural Center. San Rafael, CA
Instant Gratification, The Shooting Gallery. San Francisco, CA
2004 25th Anniversary Show, Robert Berman Gallery. Santa Monica, CA
2003 San Francisco International Art Exposition (with the Robert Berman Gallery), San Francisco, CA
2002 1000 Clowns: Robert Berman Gallery. Santa Monica, CA
Turpentine Turpitude: Works Gallery. San Jose, CA
Relics...and Other Scenarios: I-Five Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
2001 Beefcake/Cheesecake: Sex, Flesh, Money and Dreams: Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.
Santa Ana, CA (curator: Tyler Stallings)


2015 R.V. Scheide "How to Clean Up a Methamphetamine Lab" aNewsCafe, Redding, CA
2014 Lenae Day "Landscape City at Arts Eagle Rock", review of show, Los Angeles, CA
2013 "Welcome to Eureka", self-made book of paintings, Eureka, CA
2012 Kim Stringfellow "Breaking Bad With Jesse Wiedel", Artbound, KCET, San Bernardino, CA
"Addiction/Rippuvuus" HESA inprint magazine, Finland
Dean Turner "Burlington County Sasquatch", illustration in book, Browns Mills, NJ
2011 Deric Mendes, "Meth Mouth," Bold Type magazine, Arcata, CA
Tara McGinley, "John Boehner Wah-Wah Pedal: a Face You Wanna Stomp On," Dangerous Minds
2009 Beautiful Decay magazine, blog profile, November 12, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Ann Magnuson "The Olive Motel", Papermag, May 19, Los Angeles, CA
Babasonicos, "Pijamas", music video animation of painting, Argentina
2007 Jennifer Gilles "Haunted Trailer Park" (Review of Show), Whitehot Magazine, New York
2006 Claudio Parentela "Interview with Jesse Wiedel", The eXTra finGer, Italy, October 10, 2006
"With All Your Power", Album cover art for Jean Nipon vs. AI , France
2005 Debra Koppman "The Big Brush Off", ArtWeek, September Issue (Preview of Show)
Cover art for the San Jose Metro, San Jose, CA January 18-25
2004 Cover art for the North Bay Bohemian, Santa Rosa, CA December 18
2002 Jack Fischer: “Often Hilarious Wicked Exhibit Takes a Look at Moral Depravity” San Jose Mercury News,
May 5 (Review of Show)
2000 Jennifer Frank: “Simply the Best: the Sequel” Hunger Artist Gallery, Albuquerque, NM (Exhibition Catalog)
1998 David Hunt: “Serious Fun at Gallery Oboy” Artweek, May Issue (Review of Show)



STATEMENT ON ART:  My narrative paintings illustrate elements of society’s moral decline using familiar and yet uncanny scenes that are grotesque, funny, and horrifying. I combine familiar and sometimes bleak landscapes with vividly rendered celebratory images inspired by biker party scenarios, religious tracts, comic illustrations, hippy rituals, and scenes from everyday life.  My paintings aim to elicit an uneasy feeling in viewers that reality is not too far from this mixed up fictional world. 

BIO: Jesse Wiedel was raised in a rural community outside of the central valley town of Redding, California.  After spending his young life navigating the cultural wastelands, he eventually migrated to the city and received his degree in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. He has spent the last fifteen years making art in Humboldt County, California—fertile ground for his interest in human folly and frailties.

Jesse’s paintings can be read as satire, social criticism, or psychological horror.   He works mainly in oil paint, in a style that is both illusionistic and painterly.



"Jesse Wiedel profound artist from the Lost Coast blows everyone's mind. As we go beyond the velvet into the fog of everyday life with a clear picture of who we really are through the vision of Jesse Wiedel. Norman Rockwell is in the spin cycle stumbling out of a dive bar mumbling to hisself "What happened to America?" after seeing Jesse Wiedel's world."

-Carl Baldwin, Velveteria.