Jamie Fitzpatrick

Jamie Fitzpatrick is a British artist whose practice deals with the rhetoric of image making, the relevance of the figure and how objects and totemic gestures such as flags, statues or plinths are used within the work to impose forms of power and control. The sculptures are influenced by Wilhelm Reich’s ideas on power-infatuation, cultural conditioning and sexual suppression, the works are built from foam, coloured wax, alpha plaster, scrim, wood, gold leaf, and simply some transgressive act.

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Jamie Fitzpatrick, Outdoor sculpture, 2021. Installation view. Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer, UK. Photographer: Rob Harris.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, Outdoor sculpture, 2021. Installation view. Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer, UK. Photographer: Rob Harris.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, The Magician and the lover, 2020. Installation view. Deborah Bowman, Brussels, BE.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, The Magician and the lover, 2020. Installation view. Deborah Bowman, Brussels, BE.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, He He He He, 2019. Installation view. Contemporary Forward at Touchstones Rochdale, UK. Photographer: Harry Meadley.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, He He He He, 2019. Installation view. Contemporary Forward at Touchstones Rochdale, UK. Photographer: Harry Meadley.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, He He He He, 2019. Installation view. Contemporary Forward at Touchstones Rochdale, UK. Photographer: Harry Meadley.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful Monuments, 2019. Installation view. POPPOSITIONS 2019, Brussels, BE. Presented by VITRINE London / Basel.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful Monuments, 2019. Installation view. POPPOSITIONS 2019, Brussels, BE. Presented by VITRINE London / Basel.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, Big Dick, 2018. Installation view. Courtesy Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, Big Dick, 2018. Installation view. Courtesy Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, Big Dick, 2018. Installation view. Courtesy Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, Big Dick, 2018. Installation view. Courtesy Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, SMUT, 2018. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel, CH. Photographer: Nicolas Gysin.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, SMUT, 2018. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel, CH. Photographer: Nicolas Gysin.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, Grim Tales, 2017. Installation view. Photographer: Dario Lasagni. Courtesy of ARTUNER and Cassina Projects, NYC.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, Grim Tales, 2017. Installation view. Photographer: Dario Lasagni. Courtesy of ARTUNER and Cassina Projects, NYC.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, Artissima, 2016. Installation view. Photographer: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, Artissima, 2016. Installation view. Photographer: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, XL Catlin Art Prize, 2016. Installation view. Photographer: Tom Carty.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, XL Catlin Art Prize, 2016. Installation view. Photographer: Tom Carty.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, (loudly) chomp, chomp, chomp, 2016. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, (loudly) chomp, chomp, chomp, 2016. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, (loudly) chomp, chomp, chomp, 2016. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, Sing me a song to bring tears to the whites of my eyes, 2015. Installation view. Courtesy of UK/RAINE, Saatchi Gallery, London. Photographer: Steve White.
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Jamie Fitzpatrick, Sing me a song to bring tears to the whites of my eyes, 2015. Installation view. Courtesy of UK/RAINE, Saatchi Gallery, London. Photographer: Steve White.
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Frieze Magazine described Jamie Fitzpatrick’s aesthetic as “a mash-up of Paul McCarthy and Phyllida Barlow,” and indeed, his sculptures are dynamic and bold. Fitzpatrick brings play and nuance to the motifs of authority and prestige creating works (and worlds) that question positional and hierarchical constructs by remaking and resurfacing narrative objects, his work places the viewer in an ever-shifting position between subordination and empowerment.

By employing the motifs of figurative art, patriarchal depictions of masculinity and nationhood, Fitzpatrick’s domineering sculptures express intention of undermining them, rendering them absurd and dumb. To bring these themes to life, Fitzpatrick uses performance and movement, transforming his sculptors into both actors and sets. He is recently introduced temporal considerations as a means of further undermining the arrogance of permanence in monumental figures.

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Jamie Fitzpatrick (b.1985, Southport, UK) lives and works in London. He graduated in 2015 with an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, having gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practice in 2009 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. Awards include: Vordemberge-Gildewart Award (2016), shortlist; XL Catlin Art Prize (2016); UK/RAINE Saatchi Gallery Sculpture Prize (2015); New Contemporaries (2015 and 2016); Cowley Manor (2015), shortlist; LAND Securities Award (2015).

He has been exhibited internationally at galleries, institutions and art fairs including: Contemporary Forward at Touchstones Rochdale Museum, Rochdale, UK; Exeter Phoenix, UK; ICA, London, UK; Camden Arts Centre, London, UK; Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; Sheffield Museum, Sheffield, UK; Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK; Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK; Backlit, Nottingham, UK; Pangaea Sculptor’s Centre, London, UK; Cowley Manor Sculpture Garden, Cheltenham, UK; Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK; Deborah Bowman, Brussels, BE; Litóst gallery in Prague, CZ; PADA Barreiro, PT; Cassina Projects with ARTUNER, New York, US; ARTISSIMA, Turin, IT; and POPPOSITIONS, Brussels, BE; ASC Gallery, London, UK; Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer, UK.

Residencies include: Eastside International Los Angeles Residency (US, 2017), Biruchiy contemporary art project with the British Council (Ukraine, 2016); Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre, London (2015); The Leatherseller’s Company (2014); Telfer Gallery, Glasgow (2012); John Kinross Scholarship, Florence, Italy (2010); Cite International des Arts, Paris Residency (2014); and Scottish Sculpture Workshop (2009).

Fitzpatrick is currently exhibiting in 'ANDIAMO: Forty years of the RSA John Kinross Scholarships to Florence', The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK (until 17 October 2021).

Jamie Fitzpatrick, (Sounds from) The Lover, 2019
Sounds from Jamie Fitzpatrick's sculpture 'The Lover', 2019.
Jamie Fitzpatrick, (Sounds from) The King, 2020
Sounds from Jamie Fitzpatrick's sculpture 'The King', 2019.
Jamie Fitzpatrick, (Sounds from) The Magician, 2020
Sounds from Jamie Fitzpatrick's sculpture 'The Magician', 2019.
Jamie Fitzpatrick, Fountains, 2016
Video Documentation of Jamie Fitzpatrick's 'Fountains', 2016 at Artissima, Torino, IT, 2016.
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Sounding Off 2.0
Aug 2020
09
Sunday
Nov 2020
08
Sunday

Nadim Abbas, Nicole Bachmann, Edwin Burdis, Kara Chin, Anaïs Comer, Tim Etchells, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Ludovica Gioscia, Katrin Hanusch, Candice Jacobs, Sophie Jung, Rene Matić, Campbell McConnell, Paula Pinho Martins Nacif, Milly Peck, Sam Porritt, Ralph Pritchard, Natasha Rees, Bioni Samp, James Stopforth, and Charlie Godet Thomas.

Group show

Sounding Off 2.0

VITRINE, Digital

POPPOSITIONS 2019
Apr 2019
25
Thursday
Apr 2019
28
Sunday
Group show

POPPOSITIONS 2019

Fair: POPPOSITIONS

SMUT
Jun 2018
13
Wednesday
Sep 2018
02
Sunday

Jamie Fitzpatrick and Lindsey Mendick

Group show

SMUT

VITRINE, Basel

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