Jesse Waugh

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Jesse Waugh
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Born (1974-05-06) May 6, 1974 (age 48)
Berkeley, California, USA
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🏫 EducationLos Angeles City College
San Francisco State University
University of Brighton
💼 Occupation
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Jesse Waugh (born May 6, 1974) is an American artist who works in painting, film, writing, and music. His short film El Angel was exhibited at the 5th LA Freewaves Festival held at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and his work has appeared on television and in other media.


Waugh was born in Berkeley, California on May 6, 1974.[1][dead link] Beginning in the early 1990s, he studied at Los Angeles City College, Pasadena City College, East Los Angeles College, and City College of San Francisco.[citation needed] During this period, Waugh began working with various media and art combinations. His film El Angel, shot in the form of an old silent film, chronicles the birth, climax and death of Los Angeles, commenting on how greed corrupts art and commerce;[2] the film was exhibited at the Fifth LA Freewaves Festival in 1997 (which was held at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art).[2] After graduating from San Francisco State University in 2000,[citation needed] and subsequently spending some time in Europe, Waugh returned to the US.[3] Waugh took part in the University of Brighton's Master of Fine Arts exhibition in 2015.[4]

Waugh's short films and physical works have been used to illustrate educational projects. He created artistic prisms which appeared as educational material on the BBC documentary Rocket Science in 2009.[5] In 2012, video he shot of the Amazon rainforest was used in Episode 1 of the National Geographic Channel show Access 360° World Heritage.[6] One of his paintings, a reworking of a Martin Johnson Heade painting, was used as the cover for the book The Rise and Fall of the Trevor Whitney Gallery by Lauren Rabb.[7]

Conceptual style[edit]

Waugh uses the Latinate term "pulchrism" (which dates to The Athenaeum[8] and journals of John Barton[9]) to describe his work; he defines the term as an artistic theory that idealizes beauty as the purpose of art.[10] Pulchrism, as Waugh describes it, contrasts with the stuckism movement and the celebration of ugliness which he claims took place in Modernism.[11]



  • 1997 – Group exhibition, El Angel – Fifth L.A. Freewaves Festival[2]
  • 2003 – Art film screening, Nanay – Center for Environmental Studies, Brown University, Rhode Island[12]
  • 2008 – Art film screening, El Angel and Hydrophobe, Pill Awards – New York City[13]

Visual art[edit]

  • 1997 – Solo exhibition – Free Exhibition Not Prostitution Gallery, Los Angeles[14]
  • 2015 – Group exhibition, Posthumous – University of Brighton, England, UK[15]
  • 2015 – Exhibition, Butterflies – Ingeborg Verlad, Horn-Bad Meinberg, Germany[16]
  • 2015 – Group exhibition, Beauty Sublime, Grand Parade Gallery – Brighton, England, UK[17][18]

Written works[edit]

  • Jesse Waugh: Portrait of an Artist and His Strivings for Pulchrism (2011), ISBN 978-1621545668 Search this book on Logo.png.
  • Pulchrism: Championing Beauty as The Purpose of Art (2015), ISBN 978-1943730049 Search this book on Logo.png.
  • Paintings: 2013 (2013), ISBN 9781630412272 Search this book on Logo.png.
  • Paintings: 2014 (2015)
  • Paintings: 2015 (2016)


  1. "Life and Career". Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 James, David E. (2003). The Sons and Daughters of Los: Culture and Community in L. A. Temple University Press. pp. 181–82. ISBN 9781592130122. Search this book on Logo.png
  3. Kaplan, Ben (January 2002). "Each of These Men Has a Secret". Marie Claire. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  4. "Catalogue of Work". MA Fine Art Show 2015 Exhibition Catalogue. University Of Brighton: 46–47.
  5. "Episode One". Rocket Science. BBC Two. 6 March 2009. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  6. "The Amazon (Episode 1)". Access 360 World Heritage. National Geographic Channel. September 22, 2012. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  7. Rabb, Lauren Walden (November 2, 2014). The Rise and Fall of the Trevor Whitney Gallery. Rabb Art Consulting. pp. copyright page. ISBN 0990552012. Search this book on Logo.png
  8. "Reviews: Lectures on Sculpture". The Athenaeum. British Periodicals Limited (585): 20. 1839.
  9. Barton, John (July 30, 1819). "Effect of Paper Currency on Population". John Barton Senior Journals. 3.
  10. Waugh, Jesse. "Pulchrism: Discovery of a Lost Romantic Word". Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  11. Waugh, Jesse. "The Pulchrist Manifesto". Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  12. Luis Campos Baca (2003), Nanay – Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonia, Rhode Island: Brown University
  13. "2008 Pill Awards Broadcast". New York: ADD-TV. January 27, 2008. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  14. Waugh, Jesse. "EXHIBITION". Documentary Film. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  15. "Posthumous Exhibition Poster". University Of Brighton. 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  16. "Unsere Künstler" (in German). Ingeborg Verlag. Archived from the original on 2 June 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  17. "Brighton MA Exhibition 2015". Artelogical. July 5, 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  18. "Exhibition Flier". MA Fine Art Show 2015. University Of Brighton. 2015.

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