Jim Hake received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland. He received his Master of Arts degree in sculpture at the California State University, Sacramento, California in 1994 and his Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1996. After graduation, Jim Hake moved to Turin, Italy where he began his career as a professional sculptor and instructor. His works demonstrate a wide versatility with materials including clay, porcelain, wood, metal, plaster, glass, and recycled and found materials.
Much of Jim Hake’s work is coloured by a sense of nostalgia, which informs both the aesthetics and conceptual dimensions of his work. The shoes, originally made by the artist in 2015 for an installation at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, have a monumental scale and employ the Tiffany stained glass technique. “Stained glass is a technique that I personally associate with the past”, he notes. “Stained glass has been used throughout history to adorn sacred places of worship.”
Before his move to Toronto in 2008, Jim Hake’s work has been exhibited extensively in Italy and Europe, in particular, Milan, Bologna, Venice, Lugano, Stockholm, and London. Over the past 8 years, his work has been exhibited in several solo exhibitions throughout Ontario, including the Gardiner Museum, the Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, and the Bata Shoe Museum. His sculptures are held in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, Italy, and Switzerland. He is currently based in Toronto.