A L I S O N    J A C K S O N    A R T I S T

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Alison Jackson is a contemporary, BAFTA award 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 cleverly styled lookalikes. Likeness becomes real and fantasy touches on the believable. She creates scenarios we have all imagined but never seen before.  

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. 

Jackson’s ‘Mental Images’ series stems from her work earlier in her career exploring religious iconography and in ‘What is an image?’ she raises questions about our preconceptions and challenges them. Jackson asks us to face our imagined fears in the ‘Disaster Series’. 

Jackson has made extensive portraits of actors, celebrities, and public figures (real ones!) for The Ivy restaurant and J Sheekey: for private commissions and is in the process of building her collection for the National Portrait Gallery. Actors and celebrities include: Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rosamund Pike, Gillian Anderson, Ralph Fiennes, Charles Dance and many well-known politicians. 

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. 

Alison sits on the board of Alumni at the Royal College of Art and is an ambassador for the Spinal Injuries Association. Alison frequently creates work for charitable auctions, the latest being Cure3 Auction for Bonham’s aid of Parkinson’s. 

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. 

Gallery Exhibitions

2018 RA Summer Exhibition: 12th June - 19th August

2018 Photo London Fair

2018 Shot to Fame. Raffaella De Chirico Arte, Turin

2017 Uri-Eichen Gallery, Chicago 

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.


Museum Exhibitions

2017 The Museum of Art Haifa. AnonynX: The End of the Privacy Era 

2016 Culture Station 284, Seoul 

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



Museum Collections

SF MOMA, San Francisco, Royal College of Art, London, Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Brussels. International Centre of Photography, Pompidou Centre.



2018 - Shot to Fame: Fake News or Alternative Facts: The Gap between the two. One Woman Show at Soho Theatre


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



BAFTA-BBC TV Series for Innovation, Infinity Award-ICP, The Photographers Gallery Award, D&AD, Best of the Best, Creative Circle Award amongst others.



2018 Fake Documentary series in development

2015 BBC La Trashiata – Opera Edinburgh Fringe and Odeon Cinemas

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


2017 Private ‘Donald Trump’ 

2013 Alison Jackson: Stern Portfolio (Stern publishing/Teneus) 

2011 Exposed ! (Cannongate)

2011 Up the Aisle (Quadrille) based on the Royal Wedding 

2008 Confidential (Taschen)

2004 Private (Penguin)



Advertising includes award-winning campaigns for Coca-Cola Schweppes, Mars, Microsoft, Xbox, PlayStation, Kleenex and Ladbrokes amongst others. 



Alison recently photographed some of Britain’s best-loved Actors for J. Sheekey Restaurant, London. The portraits of ‘Theatre Luminaries of the 21st Century’ collection line the walls. Portraits include; Ben Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike, Orlando Bloom, Gillian Anderson and Vanessa Redgrave


Speaking engagements

Jackson’s speaking engagements have included TED, Cannes Lions, Tate Britain and Modern, ICA, South Bank Centre, National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh TV Festival, Barbican, Royal Geographical Society, Intelligence2, Saatchi Gallery, The Ivy, Bold Talks Dubai,  amongst various universities and colleges.



The Alumni Council - ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART - Alison Jackson is on the Alumni Council for the Royal College of Art.