Jackson Slattery


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

Jackson Slattery completed a Bachelor of Fine Art, majoring in Drawing, from RMIT University in 2004 and is quickly establishing a reputation for his meticulously painted watercolours.

Slattery's practice operates within the grey area between external and internal realities, tantalising the viewer with what is depicted and what is implied. In collecting disparate and diverse images then meticulously reconstructing them, Slattery alludes to a narrative of events, one that is concerned as much with the fiction as with the realities that they are extracted from.

Images are gleaned from national geographic magazines, holiday snaps, collected memorabilia, the random postings of the Flickr website and, at times, from the artist's elaborately staged scenes. Many of these selected images are quick snaps and Slattery masterfully emphasises the unforgiving, unflattering cold light of flash photography. He takes pains to mimimise any sense of preciousness in his watercolours, with a tendency to paint squalor and decrepit objects to create works that are equally disjunctive and elusive. The malleability of the past is exploited as Slattery draws the viewer into his voyeuristic perspective where indiscretions are exposed - particularly in his figurative works.

In recent times Slattery's practice has branched out from the tight frame of the watercolour with a radical shift in scale in the form of sculpture and installation. There is something rebellious and exciting about these works, which mark a fascinating new critical direction for Slattery.

Jackson Slattery completed a Bachelor of Fine Art, majoring in Drawing, from RMIT University in 2004. Recent solo exhibitions include Wrong Formalism, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; Props, Sutton Gallery, 2011; Man Made Paradise, TCB art inc., Melbourne, 2010; and Dennis Rodman & My Plastic Everything, Sutton Gallery. In 2010 his work was featured in Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney; a significant annual exhibition celebrating the creative achievements of talented artists who are in the early stages of their careers. Slattery's work has also been included in several important art prizes: he was a finalist in the ABN AMRO Emerging Artists Awards in 2008 and Siemens-RMIT Fine Arts Travelling Scholarship Award in 2003; whilst in 2009 he won the Metro5 Art Award and in 2005 he won the Artholes Self Portrait Prize, Artholes Gallery, Melbourne.

Slattery has participated in a number of residencies, including the 2012 Lenikus-Artist in Residence-Programme, Vienna, Austria, and was a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary between 2008 and 2009. In 2013 Slattery undertook the Australia Council for the Arts and Anne & Gordon Samstag ISCP Residency in New York, USA.

Slattery's works are held in prestigious collections including National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Geelong Art Gallery and private collections in Australia, England, New York and Montreal.



Artwork by Jackson Slattery

Untitled (candle)#2, 2015

watercolour on paper
28 x 20cm