Alison Jackson is a contemporary artist who explores the cult of celebrity – an extraordinary phenomenon created by the media, publicity industries and the public figures themselves. Her work sits squarely in the middle of the current fake news, alternative facts or news debates. Jackson makes convincingly realistic work about celebrities doing things in private using lookalikes. Likeness becomes real and fantasy touches on the believable. She creates scenarios we have all imagined but never seen – the hot images the media can’t get.
Jackson raises questions about whether we can believe what we see when we live in a mediated world of screens, imagery and internet. She comments on our voyeurism, on the power and seductive nature of imagery, and on our need to believe. Her work has established wide respect for her as an incisive, funny and thought-provoking commentator on the burgeoning phenomenon of contemporary celebrity culture.
Alison works across all arts and media platforms in TV, Publishing, books, is widely exhibited in galleries and museums attracting extensive interest in the news and press. Her images themselves have become just as much a part of popular culture as images of the real celebrities.
Born in Hampshire, Alison trained in Fine Art Sculpture at Chelsea College of Art
in London, and in Fine Art Photography at The Royal College of Art.
She lives and works in London.
Alison is Ambassador to the Spinal Injuries Association.
2017 Current Haifa Museum of Art, Israel
2016 Culture Station Seoul 284, South Korea
2016 Villa Rot, Germany
2015 Ego-update, NRW-Forum, Dusseldorf
2014 Paparazzi! Photographers, Stars and Artists; 26 Feb – 9th June; Centre Pompidou-Metz
2014 Paparazzi! Photographers, Stars and Artists; 27 June – 12 October; Schirn Kunsthalle
2011 The Royal Family;12 March –2 May; Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, U.K.
2011 Exposed:Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870; 30 Oct 2010- 17 April 2011; San Francisco Musuem of Modern Art, U.S.A.
2011 Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870; 21 May –18 Sept; Friedman Gallery, Walker Art Centre; U.S.A.
2011 Peeping Tom KunstHalle Amersterdam
2010 Exposed:Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870; 28 May – 3 October; Tate Modern; London, U.K.
2010 Rude Britannia: British Comic Art; 9 June – 5 Sept; Tate Britain; London, U.K.
2008 Starstruck:Contemporary Art and the Cult of Celebrity; 23 April – 15 June; The New Art Gallery; Walsall, U.K.
2008 Bush with Rubik’s Cube Intervention Sculpture; Tate Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool, U.K.
2007 All Tomorrow’s Pictures at ICA London: 31 May - 8 June 2007
2006 Mak Museum, Vienna
2005 Superstars; 4 Nov 2005 – 22 Feb 2006; Kunsthalle Wien and BA-CA Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria
2004 About Face: Photography and the Death of the Portrait; 24 June – 5 December; Hayward Gallery; London, U.K
2003 Female Turbulence;12 Sept – 18 Oct; AEROPLASTICS Contemporary; Brussels, Belgium
2003 Musee de l'eysee, Lusanne
2003 ICP International Center of Photography, New York
2002 The Musee de la Photographie a Charleroi, Brussels, Belgium
1999 The Royal Festival Hall, London. Articultural Show
2011 Alison Jackson: Up the Aisle; 20 April – 6th May; Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, U.K.
2009 Alison Jackson Celebrity Portraits; J. Sheekey and the Ivy Club; London, U.K.
2008 Seeing is Deceiving; 16 April-23 May; Hamiltons Gallery; London, U.K.
2007 Confidential; 15 Dec 2007 – 23 Jan 2008; M+B Gallery; Los Angeles, U.S.A.
2007 Paris Photo, Hamiltons Gallery, London
2004 Election Year 2004; 21 Oct – 4 Dec; Julie Saul Gallery; New York, N.Y.; U.S.A.
2003 The Richard Salmon Gallery, London 'Mental Images on War’
2002 Paris Photo, Louvre, Gallery 51
2001 Alison Jackson: Mental Images; Jerwood Space; London, U.K.
1999 The Richard Salmon Gallery, London, UK
1999 Temple of Diana Curated by Neal Brown; The Blue Gallery; London, U.K.
SF MOMA, San Francisco, Royal College of Art, London, Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Brussels. International Centre of Photography, Pompidou Centre.
La Trashiata Performance Installation
Most recently Jackson wrote and directed the successful 'celebrity' performance opera for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014 with exclusive screenings on the BBC and Odeon cinemas. To view http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0249sts
BAFTA-BBC TV Series for Innovation, Infinity Award-ICP, The Photographers Gallery Award, D&AD, Best of the Best amongst others.
2014 Series in development UK
2013 Sky. Art and Satire
2012 Channel 4: Dispatches – Nuclear War Games
2012 BBC: Celebrity BitchSlap News
2011 & 2012 Sky: ‘The Alison Jackson Review’
2010: BBC Historical Series
2009 ITV1: The South Bank Show – ‘Alison Jackson on Warhol’
2008 BBC2: Through the Keyhole
2007 Channel 4: Blaired Vision
2006 Channel 4: Sven: The Cash, The Coach & his Lovers and Tony Blair, Rock Star
2005 Channel 4: The Secret Election and Not the Royal Wedding
2004 & 5 NBC: Saturday Night Live
2003 BBC2: Doubletake Christmas special
2003 BBC2: Doubletake. Created, directed, written and produced by Alison Jackson, a 6 part series based on Mental Images
2002 BBC2: Doubletake. BAFTA Winner
Adverts include award-winning campaigns for Coca-Cola Schweppes, Mars, Microsoft, PlayStation, Kleenex and Ladbrokes amongst others.
1.3 billion reach on big narrative stories.
Alison has photographed renowned actors, personalities and polticans including the Prime Minister plus best loved actors for The Ivy Club, London including: Ben Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike, Orlando Bloom, Gillian Anderson and Vanessa Redgrave.
Alison’s speaking engagements have included TED, Tate Britain and Modern, ICA, South Bank Centre, National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh TV Festival, Barbican, Royal Geographical Society, Intelligence², University Of The Arts, Editorial Intelligence amongst various universities and colleges.