Jaes grew up in the small South West town of Bridgetown WA, before moving to Fremantle in his early 20s. The back and forth movement over the following 15 years between Bridgetown and the Port City finally came to an end when he settled in Margaret River in 2016 and arrived “home”
As a self-taught designer and illustrator living and working in Margaret River is the realisation of a lifelong dream for Jaes, whom considers the town to be his first real home as it is one of the few places in W.A. that actively encourages art, creativity and self-expression.
Having been an artist for 25+ years Jaes has experience working in inks, oil, acrylic and watercolours creating drawings and paintings using mixed media. His commissioned works by varied clientele include resorts, bars, cafes, wineries, breweries, wedding consultants, political campaigners, in both private and public sectors.
In 2015 his pop-up art store in Fremantle under the name “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” explored his connection with the Port City.
As a salty old sea dog reincarnate his work reflected his passion and love for the, marine culture. His lino prints, cards and wares were sold for a time at the Fremantle Maritime Museum and Shipwreck Museum gift stores.
In 2017 his work was chosen to be published by OOSB in “Under the Sea” a coffee table book that explores artistic interpretations of work by an extensive array of artists from around the world, all focusing on the themes of 'octopus, sharks, mermaids, turtles, whales, sea monsters, ships, shipwrecks, pirates, and other sea life.'
Jaes finds a great deal of inspiration through the natural law of entropy, traditional folk art, religious and occult symbolism, believing that art as an image is a symbol that represents, stands for, or suggests an idea, visual image, belief, action, or material entity. As an artist in Margaret River, Jaes strives to produce an authentic symbolic representation of the complex connectivity between himself, nature and the universe.
His connection to his now true home town is explored through his current works.
In addition to traditional artforms, Jaes is also a highly accomplished tattoo artist, having been trained by the internationally renowned tattoo artist Marc Pinto. He has been tattooing for over 10 years. His skill became apparent as he could hand draw or freehand designs on a clients’ skin upon request before tattooing an image that would last a lifetime.
Major artistic influences are 15-17th century Turkish folk art, painter, printmaker, and theorist of the German Renaissance Albrecht Dürer, German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor, marine biologist, and artist Ernst Haeckel, street and fine artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and Transcendental Artist Alex Grey
Internationally acclaimed Sculptor Kim Perrier was a huge inspiration during his formative years. As a close family friend Kim encouraged the adage of living the dream through artist expression. Now at the age of 47, Jaes has finally arrived and is excited about the future.