Jemimah Patterson   

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Born in Reading in 1978, I completed my foundation at Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design in London between 1997 and 1998. I continued on to complete my BA (Hons) at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art at the University of Oxford from 1998 to 2001.

My work is heavily influenced by the fact that I am one of a conjoined set of identical twins. My twinning creates resonant psychological dimensions that are reflected in my compositions, for instance paired or mirrored motifs recur throughout my work, often creating surrogate double portraits. My magnetic attraction to doubled imagery emerges in my manipulation of shadows and mirrors in my latest body of work. I employ found objects in conjunction with paint to express my ideas.

A very poignant influence in this body of work, was a photograph I came across of a door to Marcel Duchamp’s studio at 11 rue Larrey in Paris (1927). The single door serves as two doorways, it’s a double door sharing one hinge. As a result, when it swings on its hinges to close the entrance to one room, it opens another. For me, Duchamp’s studio door symbolizes the double life an identical twin feels they have before him/herself. It represents the point at which you can choose a certain path in life, whether through your own free will, or as a conscious decision to be different from one’s ‘other half’. There is then, this removed state - an opportunity to see the path you could have chosen, whilst at the same time living your own chosen path. This idea is perfectly encapsulated in the symbolism behind this image.

Training & Awards

* 1998 – 2001 University of Oxford, St. Edmund Hall, Oxford
   Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art
   2:1 BA (Hons) Fine Art MA Oxon
* 2000 Bendum Prize in support of new work
* 2000 SEH travel bursary to continue research in New York
* 1997 – 1998 Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, London
   Diploma in Foundation Studies

Relevant Experience & Exhibitions

Sep 2022 'Bottom Drawer', Joint exhibition with Rachel Schwalm at GBS Fine Art, Wells
Dec 2021 'Biddenden Maids', Solo exhibition, Ryebank Gallery, Rye
Oct 21-22 ‘Turner Contemporary Open’, Turner Contemporary, Margate
March 2021 ‘Contemporary Art 2020/21’ Waterhouse & Dodd, London (online)
May 2020 ‘The COVID series’, virtual exhibition
Nov 2019 ‘The Christmas Exhibition’, Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh
May 2019 ‘A Sense of Place’, MHS, Hawkhurst, Kent
Jan 2019 'ArtRooms Fair', Procreate Project, London
Jun 2018 ‘Friends Art Exhibition’, Horniman Museum, London
Mar 2018 'Sheroes', Lon-Art Projects, London
Nov 2017 'Left Overs', Procreate Project, London
Oct 2017 'Illusions', Menier Gallery, London
April 2016 'New Works', Solo exhibition, Waterhouse & Dodd, Albermarle St
Jan 2016 'London Art Fair', Islington with Waterhouse & Dodd, Albemarle St
Sep 2015 'Reflections' joint Exhibition with David Simon Contemporary, Bath
Sep 2015 '20/21 International Fair' with Waterhouse & Dodd, London
Sep 2015 'Summer Exhibition' Waterhouse & Dodd, Albermarle St, London
Jan 2015 'London Art Fair', Islington with Waterhouse & Dodd, Albemarle St
Sep 2014 60th Open Exhibition, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich, London
Aug 2014 'A New Light', David Simon Contemporary, Bartlett Street, Bath
Jan 2014 London Art Fair, Islington with Waterhouse & Dodd, Albemarle St
Sep 2013 '2Q13', Lloyds Club, London with Marcelle Joseph Projects
May 2013 'Still Life', group exhibition at Waterhouse & Dodd, Cork St
Jan 2013 London Art Fair, Islington with Waterhouse & Dodd
Dec 2012 Scope Miami with Waterhouse & Dodd
Nov 2012 Abu Dhabi Art with Waterhouse & Dodd
July 2012 Art Southampton, New York, Waterhouse & Dodd
June 2012 Scope Basel with Waterhouse & Dodd
May 2012 ArtMRKT San Francisco with Boltax Gallery, NY
Jan 2012 International Fine Art Fair, West Palm Beach, Florida, Waterhouse & Dodd
Dec 2011 Solo exhibition at Waterhouse & Dodd, Cork Street, London
Nov 2011 Aqua Art Fair, Miami with Boltax Gallery, USA
Nov 2011 Solo exhibition at Abu Dhabi Art, Saadiyat Island, Waterhouse & Dodd
Oct 2011 Texas Contemporary Art Fair with Boltax Gallery
Sep 2011 'The Word', Sarum College, Salisbury Cathedral
Aug 2011 'Two-in', Solo exhibition at Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, NY USA
Apr 2011 Marmite Prize, The Nunnery, London
Jan 2011 Art Palm Beach, Florida with Waterhouse & Dodd Gallery, USA
Jan 2011 MIA Fair, Miami with Waterhouse & Dodd Gallery, USA
Dec 2010 Shortlisted for the Marmite Prize, touring biennal around the UK at various locations until April 2011
Dec 2010 Art Miami, with Waterhouse & Dodd Gallery, USA
Nov 2010 Wimbledon Art Studios Open Studios, London
Nov 2010 Art Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi UAE
Oct 2010 Art London, Chelsea, London
Sep 2010 9th Annual Small Works Exhibition Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, NY
Aug 2010 Cork Street Open Art Exhibition, The Gallery in Cork St
Aug 2010 Summer Exhibition, Waterhouse & Dodd, Cork St, London
July 2010 Art Hamptons, USA with Waterhouse & Dodd, Cork St, London
May 2010 Wimbledon Art Studios Open Studios, London
May 2010 St. Edmund Hall Art Exhibition, Oxford
2010 –  Freelance consultant for Waterhouse & Dodd, Cork St, London
2007 – 2010 Co-manager of Waterhouse & Dodd Gallery, Cork St, London
2002 – 2005 Gallery Manager Stephen Lacey Gallery, London
2001 – 2007 Assistant curator of Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Surrey
2001   Ruskin Degree Show, Oxford
2000   Constructive Objects Magdalen College, Oxford
2000   Spectrum joint exhibition with Mary Foulkes, Magdalen College, Oxford
1999   Them & Us Herford College, Oxford
1998   Central St. Martins End of Year show London

I regularly undertake commissions and am happy to discuss specific ideas.


* Her Royal Highness Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi UAE
* The Dorchester Hotel, London
* Numerous private collections in the USA, UK, Australia and UAE




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