Jackson Slattery


Born 1983, Melbourne. Currently lives and works between Melbourne and Montreal, Canada.

Identifying primarily as a painter, Jackson Slattery's principal approach involves deconstructing and then reproducing fragments of found images and photographs to create meticulous oil paintings and watercolours. Photorealistic renderings of subject matter are removed from their original context and situated within minimalist or restrained compositions, blurring the distinction between what is real and what is imagined.

Slattery is drawn to vexed status of photorealist painting in contemporary art discourse - often maligned despite its appeal amongst the general public - and to the historical conditions and problematic aspects of the medium in general. For Slattery, the predicaments inherent to painting are an impetus, allowing him to mediate questions of authenticity, representation and reproduction.

Selected solo exhibitions: La Dronne, with Andre Piguet, Gertrude Glasshouse, Melbourne, 2018; Grey Speckled Question Marks, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2017; Points d'Interrogations Blancs, Soon Gallery, Montreal, 2016; Burning Your Furniture to have the Warmest House in the Street, with Kieren Seymour Alaska Projects, Sydney, 2015; Works on paper, Sutton Projects, Melbourne, 2015; Every Picture, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2015; Tunisian Parquetry, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Halfway to a Dead Heat, Siamese Dream, Montreal, 2014; Wrong Formalism, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; Props, Sutton Gallery, 2011; Man Made Paradise, TCB, Melbourne, 2010; Dennis Rodman & My Plastic Everything, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2009; Small Ambition, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2009.

Selected group exhibitions: Episode Laurier, Montreal, Canada, 2018: Media Hype, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, 2017; Bodies Go Wrong, Orgy Park, Brooklyn, 2017; Mile X/Sorrento, TCB, Melbourne, 2016; Head, Incidents Above a Bar, The Alderman, Melbourne, 2015; Setouchi Triennale, Japan, 2013; Sydney Contemporary, represented by Sutton Gallery, 2013; Drunk vs Stones III, Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2013; Down to the Line, Bett Gallery, Hobart, 2013; Fall Open Studios, ISCP, New York, 2013; Temperament Spectrum: The first twenty-one years 1992 - 2012, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; Resident Artist Exhibition, Sammlung Lennikus, Vienna, 2012; Trust Me, with Tony Garifalakis, Galerie Desaga, Cologne, 2011; Cornucopia - recent acquisitions, Geelong Gallery, Geelong, 2010; Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and touring to QUT Art Museum, Fremantle Arts Centre and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 2010.

Jackson Slattery completed a Bachelor of Fine Art, majoring in Drawing, from RMIT University in 2004. His accolades include the Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize (winner), 2017, GQ Magazine Artist of the Year, 2011, Metro5 Art Award (winner), 2009, ABN AMRO Emerging Artists Awards (finalist), 2008, Artholes Self Portrait Prize, 2005 (winner). Slattery has participated in numerous residencies in Australia and overseas, most recently the 2018 Glasshouse/Stonehouse Residency in Chenaud, France. He undertook the Lenikus-Artist in Residence-Programme, Vienna, Austria in 2012 and the Australia Council for the Arts and Anne & Gordon Samstag ISCP Residency, New York between 2008 and 2009. In 2013, Slattery was a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary. His work can be found in prestigious collections including National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Geelong Art Gallery and private collections in Australia, England, the United States and Canada.


Jackson Slattery CV 2019

Artwork by Jackson Slattery

Untitled (candle) #2

watercolour on paper
28 x 20cm