Kipling by Lionel Trilling (Variation 2), 2011–2012
Acrylic on canvas
Original size: 10 x 130 cm
Photographer: John Bodkin
Jamie Shovlin is interested in the tension between truth and fiction, reality and invention, history and memory. He is an artist whose work combines extraordinary facility as a draughtsman, printmaker, painter and writer with conceptual complexity and playfulness. His painstakingly researched and executed works merge inherently flawed systems, pseudo-scientific exactitude and doubtful philosophical propositions with the seemingly objective experience of the archive. Through his projects Shovlin questions how information becomes authoritative and explores the way that we map and classify the world in order to understand it.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Hiker Meat, Cornerhouse, Manchester 2014; How most of what you know is reconstruction, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton 2013; The Evening Redness in the West, Haunch of Venison, Zurich, 2009; and In Search of Perfect Harmony, Tate Britain, London 2006.