Photo: Jackie Berridge in Southwell, East Midlands

Jackie Berridge

Artist, Curator, Arts administrator

My work focuses on human nature, in particular group dynamics and social isolation. I am interested in the many facets of human behaviour - from the kindest of gestures to more sinister actions and Machiavellian treachery.

As well as depicting dramas I also create tiny tales of growing and crumbling relationships using “anthropomorphic beings”, often set in an imaginary landscape. The fantastical landscapes are inspired by formal public gardens like the Italian Giardini di Boboli and the Arboretum in Nottingham. These spaces provide the perfect environment for games and interaction.

The cast have human like bodies but topped by heads from rabbits, foxes, donkeys and cows. Clusters of individuals and lone characters populate the scene where hierarchies, factions, prima donnas, leaders and minions coexist together: mirroring relationships in the workplace, the staffroom and the boardroom.

The source material is wide and varied - from drama, books, the playground and family as well as history and politics. I create a central theme with a sideshow of characters with different agendas. The use of ;anthropomorphic beings; depersonalises and allows for the exploration of tribal issues and identity.

The paintings appear at first to be and child-like, but on closer inspection the 'playground' is much darker and sinister. Whilst I have particular narratives in mind when creating the work, the stories are also deliberately ambiguous allowing the viewer to interpret the work for themselves.

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Location Southwell, East Midlands
Activities Residencies, Curating, Exhibitions programme, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Painting
Website http://www.jackieberridge.co.uk

News & Events

  • Nottingham Castle Open , 13 Dec 2014 - 18 Jan 2015

    . Jackie is one of 32 regional artists whose work has been selected for the Castle Open. Three paintings were chosen by SEAN EDWARDS (ARTIST), ANTONY MICALLEF (ARTIST) and KIRSTY OGG

  • Lawrence Alkin Gallery, Soho, London 12 Nov 2014 - 17 January 2015

    Jackie is showing 'The Queen's Tears and Angels' Trumpets' in the annual Winter Mix Show. Artists also include Banksey, The Chapman Brothers, Peter Blake and Damien Hirst.

  • 50 50 50 Auction & Exhibition at the SYSON Gallery, 1 - 14 November

    01/11/2014 – 14/11/2014
    SYSON, 9 Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 1EQ

    Artists selected include a broad range; from the fresh, green and recently graduated to the fully emerged, award winning kind. 50% live and work in Nottingham and 50% live and work elsewhere. 50% are

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