Jacob Dhein

“Bold brushstrokes and interpretative color are features in Jacob’s representional landscapes, cityscapes, and figures.  He is a young artist to watch as he garners much national attention.”

Jacob Dhein

Jacob Dhein was interested in art as a child.  Crayons and colored pencils were his tools of expression.  He spent hours intricately crafting drawings of comic book heroes and animals.  By the time he graduated from high school, one of his drawings was exhibited on the wall of a local bank. It wasn’t until he was a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh that he decided to take a drawing class.  He found this so compelling that he continued with sculpture and painting.   During this time he met several accomplished and influential artists who encouraged him to pursue a career in art.  Tc Farley, his advisor and sculpture professor, taught him about the struggle and dedication one needed to succeed as an artist.  Li Hu, his painting professor, showed him the professional side of the art market and what he needed to do if he wanted to paint for a living.

In 2006, Jacob graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Painting and Sculpture.  He worked for several years after graduation, although still continued with his artwork, mainly doing portrait commissions.  During this time he took workshops to enhance his skills with painters whose work he was interested in.  After two years, in 2009, Jacob dedicated himself to painting full time.  Upon reflection he realized that there were missing elements in his artwork he needed to explore if he were ever to reach his goal of mastering the medium.  He searched for a school that had a renown faculty that excelled in the area of representational painting.  He decided to get his Masters of Fine Arts at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco that he completed in 2013.  In 2014, Jacob started teaching drawing and painting at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.

Artist Statement

“Sketching initiates the hands-on process. The essence of form is created on the pipe by free blowing and shaping. The hot shop stage exploration is direct. Mishaps end up back in the furnace. At times frustrating, but often pointing to a new direction or return to sketching. In the cold shop, cutting exposes the sought after curves, grinding and sanding fine-tunes the details. Surface carving and sandblasting provide the texture. Sandblasted is the preferred finish as it allows a better grasp of lines and forms. Polishing is used sparingly. When employed, it enables the objects to morph better with the surrounding space or to highlight volumes within. Some work requires assembly, inclusion of laminated glass, steel elements or iron oxide coating.

Pebbles and river stones are shaped by nature and frequently turn into focal points. In a broad sense – forming, shaping, abrasion and polishing of pebbles by elements mirrors what happens at the studio. This however does not constitute the reason for their inclusion. Departing from glassblowing tradition, the substantial walls and asymmetrical shapes are the consequence of sculptural pursuit predating glass engagement, that of free-flowing and minimal forms. The focus on Form has left some unique qualities associated with glass, brilliant colors especially, beyond the horizons of interest. Attention to visually refined detail is critical, both for the piece created and as jump off point for the future work. Glass is an active co-author all along. Strictly imposing my will rarely delivered.”


  • 2014 Solo Exhibition, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco CA
  • 2014 30th Anniversary Show, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbra, CA
  • 2014 Edge of Realism, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
  • 2014 Bold Brush Award, Bold Brush Art Competition
  • 2014 Urban Faces and Figures, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2014 Streets of San Francisco, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2014 An Italian Sojourn 2, Italian Cultural Institute Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2013 OPA Western Regional, South Wind Art Gallery, Topeka, KS
  • 2013 Plein Air Group Show, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2013 Streets of San Francisco Group show, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2013  Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, Cowboy & Indians Magazine Award of Excellence, San Antonio, TX
  • 2012  OPA Western Regional, Denver, CO
  • 2012  Spring show, Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
  • 2012  Renditions Gallery, Small works, Walnut Creek, CA
  • 2011  Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
  • 2010   Annual Members Exhibition, West Bend Art Museum, West Bend, WI
  • 2010   The Glass Blower and The Painter, Cultural Center, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
  • 2010   Richeson Life Drawing: Open Studio Exhibition, First Place, Kimberly, WI
  • 2010   Richeson 75 Portrait, juried show, Kimberly, WI
  • 2010   Secura Fine Art Exhibition, juried show, Two Honorable Mentions, Appleton, WI
  • 2010   Richeson 75 Small Works, juried show, Best of Show, Kimberly, WI
  • 2009   Richeson 75 Landscape, Seascapes, and Architecture, juried show, Best of Show, Kimberly, WI
  • 2009   Artists for ARC,  Art off Main gallery, Auction for funding for individuals with disabilities, Oshkosh, WI
  • 2008   Alexander House Exhibition, Port Edwards, WI
  • 2007   Colorama, juried show, Best of show, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Collection & Exhibits

  • Sandie Tillotson, Co-Founder, Senior Vice President, Nu Skin Enterprises              
  • Dr. Laura Nelson, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Energy Development
  • Richard Walje, President & CEO, Gateway Projects at PacifiCorp
  • Andrea Packar, Vice President of Communications and Customer Focus, Utah Transit Authority
  • Vasilios Priskos, Principal Broker, Founder, InterNet Properties, Inc.
  • Jennifer Johnson, Federal Probation Officer, U.S. District Court
  • John Netto, Chief Executive Officer, K-nowbe Engineering
  • Catherine Puttnam-Netto
  • Peter Stirba, Stirba, P.C.
  • Shauna Bamberger Priskos
  • Vasilios Priskos, Owner, Internet Properties
  • Valter Nassi                                                                                                                                                                                   


  • Brian Sherwin, Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with Jacob Dhein, The Art Edge, December 2014
  • Show Preview, Southwest Art, December 2014
  • Real People, American Art Collector, December 2013, Page 106-107
  • Dhruba RC, Sketches from the Book of Life by Jacob Dhein, Lucky Compiler, October 2013
  • Plein Air Showcase, American Art Collector, July 2013, Page 140-141
  • Bonnie Gangeloff, Artist to Watch Southwest Art May 2013 page 24
  • Twelve Years Strong, American Art Collector, April 2013, page 140
  • What’s in a Face? American Artist Drawing, Spring 2012, page 66