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Justin Mortimer

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Of-you
Of You, June 2007 Oil on Canvas 240x197cm © Justin Mortimer
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Slope, 2004 Oil on Canvas 213x188cm © Justin Mortimer
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Untitled Photo Collage © Justin Mortimer
Banana-revenge
Untitled Photo Collage © Justin Mortimer
Bech-legs
Untitled Pen on Paper © Justin Mortimer
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Untitled Photo Collage © Justin Mortimer
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Jockey Club, Dec 2007 Oil on Canvas 185x210cm © Justin Mortimer
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Submarine, March/April 2008 Oil on Canvas 137x173cm © Justin Mortimer
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Thanks to Me, Dec 2008 Oil on Canvas 44x58cm © Justin Mortimer
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Beach Fatigue, May 2007 Oil on Canvas 80x110cm © Justin Mortimer
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Untitled Photo Collage © Justin Mortimer
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Cleaners, 2009 Oil on Panel 61 X 91 Cm © Courtesy of artist and MASTER PIPER, London
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Cleaners, 2009 Oil on Ply 61 X 81 Cm © Courtesy the artist and Master PIper
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Cleaners Oil on Canvas 24 X 36 in © Courtesy of the Artist and Mihai Nicodim Gallery
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National Geographic, 2008 Oil on Canvas 188 X 218 Cm © Courtesy of artist and MASTER PIPER, London
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Knoxville, 2010 Oil on Canvas 44 X 43.3 in (110 X 112 Cm) © Courtesy of the Artist and Mihai Nicodim Gallery
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Haunch of Venison - Eastcastle Street
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
England
Birth year
1970
Lives in
London
Works in
London
Representing galleries
Tags
realism, digital, figurative, exhibition/performance
Statement

Figuration is at the centre of my work. In the last 16 years (since graduating) this has been explored through two main strands: my main practice and commissioned portraits.

The people in my compositions are often placed in environments that have borne witness to conflict or human vulnerability. For example disused military structures, derelict wastelands and TB Sanatoria have all figured in my paintings. They are psychological spaces as much as real places; the paranoid landscape. The figures are frequently truncated; nearly always faceless. This is not to depict literal dismemberment, but rather to augment the disconnected, anxious tension between themselves, their bodies and immediate surroundings. Similarly in my portraits, sitters are choreographed (by use of compositional imbalance and cropping, choice of colour and gesture), to enhance their unspoken, inner dialogue.

Before starting a painting I make a digital collage, cutting and pasting scanned and/or uploaded photographs. This first 'plan' is scaled up and painted onto the canvas. Then, by a continual process of altering and overlaying subsequent redrafts onto the painting, I am encouraging the unanticipated visual collisions that amplify underlying themes and emotive content, so easily neglected in the preliminary 'mock up' and muddied by the mundane routines of representation.

-- Justin Mortimer