Sugar High

Jesse creates a chocolate sculpture for the cover of Leon Magazine.

Dead Comedy (Prologue)

Limited edition poster created in collaboration with photographer Helen Korpak.

Red Bull Music Academy

Mural artwork created for an upcoming Red Bull Music Academy festival in New York City.

Uniqlo

Created as part of the artist collaboration series 'New Perspectives', Jesse explores the relationship between the body, technology, and the world with Uniqlo UK and It's Nice That.

Maison Martin Margiela

Jesse creates Artwork for Maison Martin Margiela MM6 SS15 collection.

Maison Martin Margiela

Jesse creates textural artwork for Maison Martin Margiela MM6 SS15 collection. Complimenting the handcrafted and playful nature of the garments, a large scale poster installation also adorned the runway at September's New York Fashion Week, as well as the window display of the New York flagship store.

Maison Martin Margiela

Poster artwork for Maison Martin Margiela MM6 SS15 collection. A large scale installation adorned the runway at September's New York Fashion Week, as well as the window display of the New York flagship store.

Maison Martin Margiela

Poster artwork for Maison Martin Margiela MM6 SS15 collection. A large scale installation adorned the runway at September's New York Fashion Week, as well as the window display of the New York flagship store.

Maison Martin Margiela

Poster artwork for Maison Martin Margiela MM6 SS15 collection. A large scale installation adorned the runway at September's New York Fashion Week, as well as the window display of the New York flagship store.

Maison Martin Margiela

Poster artwork for Maison Martin Margiela MM6 SS15 collection. A large scale installation adorned the runway at September's New York Fashion Week, as well as the window display of the New York flagship store.

Maison Martin Margiela

Poster artwork for Maison Martin Margiela MM6 SS15 collection. A large scale installation adorned the runway at September's New York Fashion Week, as well as the window display of the New York flagship store.

Maison Martin Margiela

Poster artwork for Maison Martin Margiela MM6 SS15 collection. A large scale installation adorned the runway at September's New York Fashion Week, as well as the window display of the New York flagship store.

Hold Me In Your Arms (And Never Let Me Go)

New Breed, 2015 (detail) – created in collaboration with Samu Viitanen. Exhibited at Jesse's Graphic Designer of the Year 2015 Exhibition at HIAP Gallery Augusta / Project Space.

Hold Me In Your Arms (And Never Let Me Go)

Border, 2015 — created in collaboration with Osma Harvilahti. Exhibited at Jesse's Graphic Designer of the Year 2015 Exhibition at HIAP Gallery Augusta / Project Space.

Hold Me In Your Arms (And Never Let Me Go)

Orange, 2015 – created in collaboration with Osma Harvilahti. Exhibited at Jesse's Graphic Designer of the Year 2015 Exhibition at HIAP Gallery Augusta / Project Space.

Hold Me In Your Arms (And Never Let Me Go)

Desolate, 2015 – created in collaboration with Mikko-Ryhänen. Exhibited at Jesse's Graphic Designer of the Year 2015 Exhibition at HIAP Gallery Augusta / Project Space.

Hold Me In Your Arms (And Never Let Me Go)

Recreation II, 2015 – created in collaboration with Helen Korpak. Exhibited at Jesse's Graphic Designer of the Year 2015 Exhibition at HIAP Gallery Augusta / Project Space.

Acid Reign

Jesse creates sleeve artwork for Huoratron's Acid Reign EP on vinyl — featuring vandalized metallic forms.

No Regrets

Personal illustration combining unused graphic elements from past projects.

Substitution

An illustration to promote Music Finland's lineup at The Great Escape Music Festival, held in Brighton, UK.

Beyoncé

Illustration created for Stylist Magazine to accompany an article on the pop philosophy education for adults at School of Life.

Exit 4

Exit is a series of photographs produced in collaboration with photographer Nina Merikallio. By means of projection, the pieces combine two images and color spaces — the negative and the positive of a body. This analog process creates a dreamy yet realistic effect, stretching the field of fashion photography towards that of illustration while avoiding the digital manipulation of images.

Untitled (Exit 5)

Exit is a series of photographs produced in collaboration with photographer Nina Merikallio. By means of projection, the pieces combine two images and color spaces — the negative and the positive of a body.Presenting a spiritual and almost haunted view of the subject’s figure, the sensation of an out of body experience is actualized.

Knight

Checkmate is a project produced in collaboration with Finnish artist Man Yau. Utterly unusable, the Checkmate “chess pieces” consist of a series of six sculptures. Drawing from the two categories of adult playthings; chess tools and sex toys, the sculptures are carefully handcrafted using sophisticated materials, such as marble, glass, and precious metals.

Pawn

As part of Jesse's DISLOCATION exhibition, Checkmate is a project produced in collaboration with Finnish artist Man Yau. Utterly unusable and displayed like an unfinished game of chess in the gallery space, the Checkmate “chess pieces” consist of a series of six sculptures.

King

As part of Jesse's DISLOCATION exhibition, Checkmate is a project produced in collaboration with Finnish artist Man Yau. Utterly unusable and displayed like an unfinished game of chess in the gallery space, the Checkmate “chess pieces” consist of a series of six sculptures.

Queen

Produced in collaboration with Man Yau, Checkmate draws from the two categories of adult playthings; chess tools and sex toys. Exploring these two games in relation to each other. The sculptures question: What constitutes a game? Can games be played without rules? How do the categories of form and function apply to playthings? Does one play to win or to keep on playing?

Rook

Produced in collaboration with Man Yau, Checkmate draws from the two categories of adult playthings; chess tools and sex toys. Exploring these two games in relation to each other. The sculptures question: What constitutes a game? Can games be played without rules? How do the categories of form and function apply to playthings? Does one play to win or to keep on playing?

Bishop

As part of Jesse's DISLOCATION exhibition, Checkmate is a project produced in collaboration with Finnish artist Man Yau. Utterly unusable and displayed like an unfinished game of chess in the gallery space, the Checkmate “chess pieces” consist of a series of six sculptures.

Trent Reznor

Evocative portrait of Trent Reznor for a feature opener in The Fader, issue #88, "The Icon Issue."

Going for a Beer

A series of illustrations to accompany Robert Cover's short story, "Going for a Beer," printed in Esquire Russia.

Going for a Beer

A series of illustrations to accompany Robert Cover's short story, "Going for a Beer," printed in Esquire Russia.

Going for a Beer

A series of illustrations to accompany Robert Cover's short story, "Going for a Beer," printed in Esquire Russia.

Milk Studios x Muzse

Milk Made invited Jesse to participate in a Muzse workshop at Milk Studios — exploring innovative concept development and thinking amongst a handful of artists, designers and writers. Jesse was asked to share his visual interpretation of the event.

The Mad Idea

Vibrant typographic illustration created as part of a personal project.

Hand Made

Illustration created in collaboration with The Clothing Technologies Research Lab (CTRL), the agency of Det Finska Modeundret (The Finnish Fashion Wonder.)

New Sex

A typographic illustration that draws it's visions of next generation entertainment. Sex, drugs and IMAX; larger-than-life emotions and feelings.

YES

An alternative royal wedding invitation for RSVPHR, an exhibition celebrating the marriage of William and Kate.

Love Kills

A haunting and electric illustration created for Playboy Magazine, to accompany an article about a serial killer love affair in Panama.

What Dreams May Come

Poster illustration bringing new life to the notion of 'hand lettering,' to promote J.Cole's What Dreams May Come tour. Mario Hugo and Jesse Auersalo collaborated with musician J.Cole, directors John McGuire and Adam Roy, and animators at Sunnyboy Entertainment - the concert was conceived as a theatric, hiphop Dante's Inferno.

Notural

Illustration for Tokyo based creative studio ANSWR’s artist driven clothing line, New By. An abstract skull is skillfully rendered, evoking the illusion of a fluid plastic form.

Happy Head

A morbidly captivating and paradoxical illustration. Created as part of a personal project.

J.Cole

Photo Direction and illustration for J. Cole's What Dreams May Come tour stage visuals. Mario Hugo and Jesse Auersalo collaborated with musician J.Cole, directors John McGuire and Adam Roy, and animators at Sunnyboy Entertainment - the concert was conceived as a theatric, hiphop Dante's Inferno.

J.Cole

Photo Direction and illustration for J. Cole's What Dreams May Come tour stage visuals. Mario Hugo and Jesse Auersalo collaborated with musician J.Cole, directors John McGuire and Adam Roy, and animators at Sunnyboy Entertainment - the concert was conceived as a theatric, hiphop Dante's Inferno.

Graveyard Blues

Jesse was commissioned by the Paris Social Club to create poster artwork for inclusion in their arts, culture and music publication, Social Journal.

Untitled Sound

Record sleeve artwork created for a compilation album produced by Music Finland, a Finnish music group focusing on exporting Finnish music.

Cryptocracy

Illustration for the cover of Cryptocracy, the debut album from Finnish musician, Huoratron. Cryptocracy has been described as journey of destruction, and Jesse's artwork signifies the musician's sinister vision. Released on Last Gang Records.

Cryptocracy

Illustration for the cover of Cryptocracy, the debut album from Finnish musician, Huoratron. Cryptocracy has been described as journey of destruction, and Jesse's artwork signifies the musician's sinister vision. Released by Last Gang Records.

Cryptocracy

Illustration for the cover of Cryptocracy, the debut album from Finnish musician, Huoratron. Cryptocracy has been described as journey of destruction, and Jesse's artwork signifies the musician's sinister vision. Released on Last Gang Records.

Cryptocracy

Illustration for the cover of Cryptocracy, the debut album from Finnish musician, Huoratron. Cryptocracy has been described as journey of destruction, and Jesse's artwork signifies the musician's sinister vision. Released on Last Gang Records.

Play With Fire

Illustration created for clothing label, Sixpack France. The surrealistic portrait of a human candle formed a part of their Dust to Dust collection, an artist series of graphic shirts.

Handy Man

Shadowplay without a shadow. T-Shirt print for French clothing label, Sixpack France, rendered in Jesse's signature airbush illustration style.

Liar

Poster illustration created for Beyonderground Festival, an annual event celebrating graphic artists with roots in Belgium and Finland.

Leisure Society

Editorial illustration to accompany the article "Dreams of a Leisure Society," published in Granta Magazine.

Midas

Beautifully crafted editorial illustration for What’s Next Magazine, achieving a delicate balance with light and color.

Mark Ronson

Light infused album artwork for Record Collection, the third studio album by music producer, Mark Ronson. Released under the moniker Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.

Purple Wolf

Fashion editorial illustration for Untitled Magazine, a publication created by visual artist, Mike Perry. The intriguing artwork reflects on the theme of "Love & Sex."

Purple Wolf

Fashion editorial illustration for Untitled Magazine, a publication created by visual artist, Mike Perry. The intriguing artwork reflects on the theme of "Love & Sex."

Date Night

An eery portrait illustration, combining unexpected graphic elements.

Knock On Wood

Cover illustration as a contribution to Issue Y of Beautiful/Decay Magazine, released to coincide with the annual Miami Art Fair. 2009.

Peeper

Stylized cover illustration for Print Magazine’s annual, The New Visual Artists Issue, presenting portfolios from some of the best up-and-coming artists of the year.

Untitled (Portrait Of Matt Didemus)

A macabre portrait of Matt Didemus, as part of a series of gig posters for indie rock club, Misf*ts. Jesse's cast of characters sport an array of bizarre veils, including bandages, stapled paper, and Halloween-style fake gag noses.

Untitled (Portrait of DJ Mehdi)

A macabre portrait of DJ Mehdi, as part of a series of gig posters for indie rock club, Misf*ts. Jesse's cast of characters sport an array of bizarre veils, including bandages, stapled paper, and Halloween-style fake gag noses.

Untitled (Portrait of Vicarious Bliss)

A macabre portrait of Vicarious Bliss, as part of a series of gig posters for indie rock club, Misf*ts. Jesse's cast of characters sport an array of bizarre veils, including bandages, stapled paper, and Halloween-style fake gag noses.

Surprise

A haunting and seductive poster illustration, created for Parisian creative studio, La Surprise.

Untitled (Self Portrait)

Editorial portrait illustration created for Swiss magazine, NZZ Campus.

NO

Editorial illustration created for Swiss magazine, NZZ Campus. Inspired by neon lights and grunge graffiti walls.

Julian

Editorial illustration of musician Julian Casablancas for Fader magazine

Mind Fuck

Fashion editorial project for Kasino A4 Magazine. The digital illustrations play with the theme, 'Mind Fuck.' Jesse featured exclusive pieces from fashion designer Heikki Salonen.

Mind Fuck

Fashion editorial project for Kasino A4 Magazine. The digital illustrations play with the theme, 'Mind Fuck.' Jesse featured exclusive pieces from fashion designer Heikki Salonen.

Mind Fuck

Fashion editorial project for Kasino A4 Magazine. The digital illustrations play with the theme, 'Mind Fuck.' Jesse featured exclusive pieces from fashion designer Heikki Salonen.

Mind Fuck

Fashion editorial project for Kasino A4 Magazine. The digital illustrations play with the theme, 'Mind Fuck.' Jesse featured exclusive pieces from fashion designer Heikki Salonen.

Mind Fuck

Fashion editorial project for Kasino A4 Magazine. The digital illustrations play with the theme, Mind Fuck. Jesse featured exclusive pieces from fashion designer Heikki Salonen.

Oh My God You Look Good Can I Touch Oh It’s Fake

Editorial illustration created for Kasino A4 Magazine, featuring a ramshackle-looking character. The issue explored the themes of nature, humans, and human nature.

Oh My God You Look Good Can I Touch Oh It’s Fake

Editorial illustration created for Kasino A4 Magazine, featuring a mysterious clown-like character. The issue explored the themes of nature, humans, and human nature.

Untitled

A space divider featuring a curious mix of objects. Created for an exhibition curated by It's Nice That.

Suspiria

An ethereal illustration created for an exhibition curated by Little White Lies, held at London's Kemistry Gallery. In celebration of classic film from the 1970's, Jesse was inspired by the stylish Italian horror film, Suspiria.

Sleepwalkers

Giclée print produced for an exhibition celebrating the launch of Project 999. The illustration showcases a jacket by Dries van Noten, and shoes by Junya Wantanabe.

Poor Little Rich Girl

Editorial illustration for a Playboy Magazine article, based on the true story of a girl found dead after a shooting in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Viewmaster

A slick and seductive portrait, rendered with Jesse's signature airbrush illustration technique. Created for the cover of Computer Arts Collection Magazine.

Ask The Dust

Artwork for the debut album of electronic musician, Lorn. Jesse creates an abstract composition in a muted grey-scale tone. Released on British record label, Ninja Tune.

Night Drive

A dark and detailed illustration exploring the theme of brutality. Created as part of a personal project.

B Letter

With a human hand, Jesse crafts a malevolent looking 'B' letter in this editorial illustration for Grafik Magazine.

Date Night

Cheeky illustration for Darcel Disappoints, the egg shaped alter-ego of illustrator Craig Redman.

Diesel Collection

Illustration for Diesel's SS14 collection. Mysterious cowgirls infused the range with a street-smart, monochromatic edge.

Diesel Collection

Illustration for Diesel's SS14 collection. Mysterious cowgirls infused the range with a street-smart, monochromatic edge.

Diesel Collection

Illustration for Diesel's SS14 collection. Mysterious cowgirls infused the range with a street-smart, monochromatic edge.

Complex X Project 999

Editorial illustration created for Complex Magazine's "Style + Design" issue, in collaboration with Project 999.

Philip Glass

Illustration of the famed American contemporary composer, Phillip Glass, represented in the form of a marble bust. Created for the The Fader's annual Icon issue.

CTRL

Sinister T-shirt print entitled Paper Rock Scissors. Created for CTRL, Finland's renowned skateboard label.

Dollhouse Riot

A personal art project featuring a sombre character with a taped-shut jacket and hoodie. Created for the Night on Earth group show exhibited in Berlin, Helsinki, and at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art.

Dollhouse Riot

A personal art project, featuring a sombre character clothed in armor. Created for the Night on Earth group show exhibited in Berlin, Helsinki, and at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art.

Dollhouse Riot

A personal art project created for the Night on Earth group show exhibited in Berlin, Helsinki, and at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art.

Nuorgam

Illustration for award winning Finnish music journal, Nuorgam.

T-Bar

Illustration for Australian label, T-Bar. The brand is known for their limited edition graphic T-shirt's designed by world-renowned artists.

Waste Ed

Jesse created this illustration as a part of an ongoing collaboration with Paris based clothing company, Sixpack France.

Balloon Bear

A slick airbrush illustration, intended as a cheeky nod to Jeff Koon's famed Balloon Dog series.

Diesel SS14+

Jesse's cowgirl infused range for Diesel Japan's SS14 collection.

Diesel SS14+

Jesse's cowgirl infused range for Diesel Japan's SS14 collection.

Diesel SS14+

Jesse's cowgirl infused range for Diesel Japan's SS14 collection.

About

Jesse Auersalo is a Finnish born illustrator, designer and art director known for his signature style of beautifully crafted and often macabre digital paintings. Jesse has worked with clients including Maison Martin Margiela, SHOWstudio, Colette, Sony Music, Converse, Ninja Tune, The Fader, Complex, J.Cole, Diesel, Beyonderground, Beautiful/Decay, Playboy, Fader, Print Magazine, La Surprise, Untitled Magazine, and Sixpack France.

Exhibitions

Jesse has exhibited his work in select museums and galleries in New York, London, Paris, Shanghai, Berlin, and in Tokyo.

Publications

In 2010 Jesse was selected for Creative Review’s Illustration Annual, for IDN’s “Most Wanted Issue”, and was chosen by Print Magazine as one of the emerging new talents for their “New Visual Artists Issue”. His personal and commercial artwork has received awards and accolades from prestigious competitions including the European Design Awards and D&AD Professionals.