Jake Tilson was born in London in 1958.

He studied painting at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London.

In addition to working as a sculptor, painter and audio-visual artist, he has produced magazines conceived as collaborative artworks, notably Cipher and Atlas; 24 artists' books such as Excavator-Barcelona-Excavador, Breakfast Special and The Terminator Line; and graphic designs for advertising agencies such as Lowe Howard Spink and Young & Rubicam.

He has also produced fashion designs for Warehouse and film and video for the band World Party.

He recently had a retrospective exhibition of twenty years work at the Museo Internacional de Electrografía, Cuenca, Spain.