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Jackson Sprague

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Jackson Sprague
(Born in 1982, Devon, UK. Lives and works in London)

Sprague's sculptures develop from the everyday eventfulness of home life and its routines, including travel to and from his studio, picking up discarded cardboard and other materials from streets on his way. The intimate drama of living with objects is transposed to the gallery where his sculptures often demand the attentions of gallery staff, to water and replace flowers in his vases, or pull the viewer into a physical and emotional proximity with the specific use of scale and text, as well as inferred bodily or autobiographical symbolism. Sprague's work plays-up tensions between aesthetic and functional, sculptural and pictorial, lasting and ephemeral: a room divider performs as a painting, a painting on the wall is also a plaster cast sculpture, painted cardboard appears to be ceramic. These ambiguities are characteristic of relationships, physical and psychical, Sprague's work tenderly exposes.

He gained an MA from Royal College of Art and BA from Goldsmiths College. Recent exhibitions include: Breese Little, London, UK; Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, SP; Emalin, Stirling, Scotland, UK; The Unturned archive, online; Frutta, Rome, IT; CASS Sculpture Foundation, Chichester, UK; Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK; Edel Assanti, London, UK; Limoncello Gallery, London, UK; Cole Contemporary, London, UK (solo); Millington Marriott, London, UK; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK; Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool, UK; Hobbs Mclaughlin, London, UK; Horton Gallery, Berlin, DE; Plaza Plaza, London. Past residencies include Cite des Arts, Paris, France.


Residency: February 1, 2017 - March 15, 2017
Supported by: The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)

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The Artists Wife, 2015
Plywood, gouache, 260 x 240 x 3 cm
Courtesy of Frutta

Hard not to be clumsy when analysing my impulses, my mind asks: is this right? and then it answers yes or no, 2015
Glazed ceramic, sunflowers maintained by gallery staff, 70 × 30 × 30 cm
Courtesy of Frutta

Lips, 2017
Cardboard, resin, steel, wood, acrylic, 200 x 40 x 18 cm
Courtesy of Breese Little

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