Jonathan Wateridge's paintings are elaborately crafted 'non-events' that have the trappings of a real occurrence but for the most part are entirely fabricated.

A significant part of his work over recent years has been to reconfigure or re-make a given scenario or found image. This involves building full-scale sets and using performers to enact roles, within the context of the studio, in order to set up questions about the way we frame and understand notions of the real.

His work initially employed painterly realism as a 'default setting' by which to view the world, curbing any excesses of style to emphasise not only the often fleeting, banal and everyday quality of the scenes depicted but also the nature of their construction.

More recently, this has given way to an increasingly lyrical use of paint which explores the tension between the social dimension of the figuration and the more formal and expressive qualities of the work.


Jonathan Wateridge

Born 1972 Lusaka, Zambia
Lives and works in Norfolk, UK

Solo Exhibitions:

2017: Swimmer, Galerie Michael Haas, Zurich

2016:   Enclave, Pace London/Heni, London

2016:   Colony, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

2014:   Monument, Wilkinson, London

2013:   Inter + Vista, L + M Arts, Los Angeles

2011:   Mittelland, All Visual Arts, London

2010:   Another Place, All Visual Arts, London

2006:   On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, David Risley Gallery, London

2004:   Fordham Gallery, London

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2018: Painting Still Alive - Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun

2017:   Proof of Life - Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen

2017:   Disrupted Imagination - House of Arts, Ostrava

2016:   The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - Charlie Smith, London

2015:   Blow Up - Painting, Photography and Reality, Parafin Gallery, London

2012:   Metamorphosis, All Visual Arts, The Crypt, One Marylebone, London

2012:   Beyond Reality - British Painting Today, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague

2011:   The World Belongs to You, Pinault Foundation, Palazzo Grassi, Venice

2010:   Newspeak, British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

2010:   Newspeak, British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London

2010:   Vanitas; The Transience of Earthly Pleasures, All Visual Arts, London

2009:   Newspeak, British Art Now. Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

2009:   The Age of the Marvellous, All Visual Arts, London

2007:   A Song Turning Inwards, Tatjana Peters/One Twenty, Ghent

2006:   The Stone in Art, Rove, London

2005:   Accidental Death, David Risley Gallery, London

Selected Collections:

Pinault Foundation - Venice

Didier Casimiro - Kiev

Saatchi Collection - London

Olbricht Collection - Essen

Simmons & Simmons - London

Anita Zabludowicz Collection - London

Benedict Taschen - Germany