"The centrepiece of Jake Aikman’s exhibition with Suburbia at Arte Fiera Bologna is a newly painted diptych titled Janus (Atlantic), 2018, in which each panel depicts a generically identified mass of rippled water and is a mirror image of the other. The scene is rendered in a realist style using a reduced palette dominated by varying tones of blue, grey and green. Aikman’s realism is exacting, as opposed to obsessive. His seascapes share with French realist painter Gustave Courbet a loose fidelity to the coastal landscapes that inspired them – they are in other words translations, images “based on, but not subordinated to, objective observation of nature,” to quote art historian Linda Nochlin. Unlike Courbet, however, Aikman habitually shuns the solidity of a shoreline prospect, that quintessential terrestrial vantage of modernist maritime paintings, favouring instead an oblique view that fully immerses the viewer in water and wet."
"Wildness, wild places and wild energies in Jake Aikman’s paintings" text by Sean O’Toole for Jake Aikman catalogue published by Suburbia Contemporary Art. January 2019.