Alison Jackson is a contemporary artist who explores the cult of celebrity – an extraordinary phenomenon of our age made possible by the wide availability of photographic images in film, press, TV, internet and the interest in publicity.
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 media and arts platforms in TV, Press, Internet, books, some merchandising and is widely exhibited in galleries and museums attracting extensive interest in the press and on TV. Her images themselves have become just as much a part of popular culture as images of the real celebrities.
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 guest home owner first broadcast on 28 May
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. Winner of a BAFTA
‘Get out of my Way, I’m a lookalike’ (in development) BBC Films
‘Celebrity Plane Crash/Stuck on a Desert Island’ (in development)
Alison Jackson: Stern Portfolio 2013 (Stern publishing/Teneus)
Exposed ! 2011 (Cannongate)
Up the Aisle (Quadrille) based on the Royal Wedding 2011
One million pageviews since the launch of AlisonJackson.com in April 2011 including 100,000 clicks in 24hours for the Royal Wedding content alone. 150,000 unique visitors monthly.
The website also features on the world’s largest news sites including Huffington Post, Daily Mail and Daily Beast.
Adverts include award-winning campaigns for Coca-Cola Schweppes.
SF MOMA 2011, San Francisco
Royal College of Art, London
Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Brussels.
Brit Week, Los Angeles, USA 2013
Centre Pompidou, Paparazzi, Paris, France 2013
Shizaru, This is London, Mayfair, UK 2012
Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, UK 2011
The Hayward Gallery, The Royal Family 2011
SF Moma Exposed 2011
KunstHalle Amersterdam Peeping Tom 2011
Tate Modern, Voyeurism 2010
Tate Britain Rude Brittannia 2010, London
Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
Hamiltons Gallery, London
Liverpool Biennial International Festival of Contemporary Art
New Art Gallery, UK
Paris Photo, Le Louvre, Paris
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London
Hayward Gallery, London
Le Mois de la Photo, Montreal
Musée de L’Eysee, Lausanne
International Center of Photography (ICP), New York
Tate Britain Modern
South Bank Centre
National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh TV Festival
Royal Geographical Society
Various universities and colleges
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.
I am very honoured to have been asked by the Spinal Injuries Association to become its first Ambassador, as their work bears great significance for me. In 1989 my mother fell from her horse, leaving her tetraplegic. The prognosis was that she was unlikely to survive for more than 72 hours, but as a result of sheer determination on her part and thanks to the exceptional devotion and innovative medical skill of the renowned Dr Frankel, my mother won the battle to live and lived for twelve years until 2001.
My mother was an independent woman who prior to her accident had lived an exceptionally active life, riding, training and breeding horses and she refused to see breaking her neck as the end. Life in a wheelchair posed a great challenge but she responded to the challenge; she saw no point in complaining and made the best of a terrible and totally unforeseen situation. She continued to breed, show and train her horses, managed her stable staff and got out and about. She adapted to the demands of twenty four hour care, went on holiday, took a writing course and produced a series of short stories and took an active interest in my life in London; she never missed the opening night of any of my exhibitions.
Whilst caring for my mother, it quickly became apparent that there was a devastating lack of specialist care, awareness and funding for those with spinal cord injuries in this country and accessing the right treatment at the right time and trying to find support was a constant battle. That was twenty years ago, but sadly it seems that not much has changed. Little progress has been made in terms of providing specialist care and support and there is still very little awareness about spinal cord injuries. As a result of my own experiences with my mother, I have a keen interest in raising awareness about spinal cord injuries, in the hope that it will attract more funding for the research that so desperately needs to be undertaken and so that more and better care facilities and support will be made available so that no one need endure the hardships that my mother and those around her had to endure.
I have observed the work of SIA for many years and am very pleased that they have made so much headway in getting their voice heard; thanks to their efforts, there now exists a Parliamentary all party committee on spinal cord injuries. Nevertheless there is still much to be done and a long way to go before it can be said that all that can be done is being done to help those with spinal cord injuries in terms of giving them the care they need when they need it, getting them back on track and enabling them to learn to adapt so that they are able to get on with living their lives to the fullest possible extent.