about the artist

Jacob Cartwright

Born 1977 Mount Vernon, IL

BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute

Lives and works in New York City


The works in Love without Lovers are non-objective or, as the title suggests, disembodied.

The series takes its title from an un-filmed screenplay found posthumously among Ingmar Bergman’s belongings. The screenplay itself describes an incomplete film whose director has vanished leaving a film editor to try to piece together the narrative.

Many Worlds‘ namesake interpretation of quantum mechanics suggests parallel dimensions splintering from our own where all quantum possibilities are realized.

The Many Worlds paintings function as a kind of extra-dimensional fan fiction where non-existent historical collaborations are imagined.

Unrealized or lost art is a recurrent theme and source of inspiration throughout the work.


Solo and Two Person Exhibitions
Project 11, c2c Project Space, San Francisco, CA

Love without Lovers, GRIDSPACE, Brooklyn, NY
Many Worlds, Associated Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Hungry Eye, Basil Hallward Gallery, Portland, OR
Bestiary, Frances May, Portland, OR
New Paintings, The Cube at Beco, Kansas City, MO
Selected Group Exhibitions


The Self on the Shelf, curated by Rob de Oude, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY


In the Red, Royal Society of American Art, Brooklyn, NY

In the Cloud, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, NY

Select NYC, Transmitter Gallery at the Select Art Fair, New York, NY

LIC Arts Open, Fine Art in Space, Queens, NY
Kaleidoscopic, Royal Society of American Art, Brooklyn, NY
New Work City, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY
The Painting Center at 20, The Painting Center, NYC
Second Family, 2 Rivington, NYC
Small Things Considered, Laurence Miller Gallery, NYC
Salon Exhibition, The Active Space, Brooklyn, NY
Half-Life, 241 Suydam, Brooklyn, NY