J Price

J Price

LONDON, United Kingdom

About J Price

Artist Statement

In recent years my practice has moved from swift, high impact art to subtle works that challenge their audience.

Influenced by politics, history, science, affective-technology, anthropology/sociology, manipulating ‘context’, and experience of an alerted mind, I develop works through print, video, text, experiential installation, sound, and endurance performance. I challenge comfort with risk-taking, and bold moves.

By discarding the quest for a personal style and artistic character I have exploded my practice in the past three years. In the aim of abandoning a visual identity in my work through collective viewing one emerged all the same: an unexpected annoyance that, even so, provides motivation that there is something I have to say and achieve.

Originally challenging my creation and perception of still life scenes, through in-depth self-analysis, self-portraiture emerged as the centre of my practice. Through edits and manipulating context I investigate turning the personal/alien into the universal/relatable. Having past lived experience of psychosis a ruthless self-review had to be approached objectively and my work adapted with new mediums to progress: developing with every success and useful failure. Living the reception and response to psychosis by others lead to a fascination of sociology, history and politics. I have never been dangerous, I am classed as “highly functioning”, I am intelligent with highly regarded institution Distinction degrees, I have travelled through my work, won awards, and I am positive and sociable – yet people meet me and say “I would never have guessed you were…..”.

Activism moved into my work in a quiet form that reflects the communities it references. Moving from the unavoidable prejudiced narcissism of self-portraiture to the notion of the unheard community lead me to revisit collaboration, but raised the issue of a potential bias if kept to a solely psychotic perception. Rooting out bias through research methods and a varied team of collaborators I can offer a truthful perspective. Removing agenda and offering pure unaffected experience allows a viewer to take the perspective to do with what they will. It is an oxymoron of bringing social activism into a work while abandoning judgement or leading opinions – this allows for enabling empathy to challenge imposed dogma.

My collaborations extend beyond the art world in search of human relationships that influence and enlighten new perspectives and ideas. My communication is precarious between the viewer and myself. It is sadistic vulnerability-taking risks with identity, exposing intimate histories, loss of self, and presentation that provokes judgement–and fear of that judgement. A range of responses have emanated from this, from being laughed and shouted at, exposed to aggressive psychical responses, to being confessed to.

My practice stems from a belief that hard work, risk, and adaption, turn words into conversations.



Royal College of Art - 2015 - Distinction
Royal College of Art - THESIS - 2015 - Distinction
University for the Creative Arts - 2009 - First Class with Honours


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Selected Exhibitions
2016 “Young Gods”, Charlie Smith London & Griffin Gallery, London
“Shape Open”, Guest Projects space, hosted by Yinka Shonibare MBE, London
“Pull”, Frankie G. Weems Gallery, USA
2015 “Undisciplined”, N/A Collective, Gallery on the Corner, London
“Multipled”, Christies, London
“Sheffiled International Artist Book Prize”, Sheffield
“SHOW”, Royal College of Art, London
“Offprint”, Tate Modern, London
“Lean To”, Tender Books, London
“IMPRESSIONS”, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury
“Objects Of”, Café Gallery, London
“The 5th Guanlan International Print Biennial 2015”, China
2014 “BIG PRINT”, Turner Contemporary, Margate
“WIP SHOW”, Royal College of Art, London
“Yesterday’s Wrong Thinking”, Café Galley, London
“Multiplied”, Christies, London
“London Original Print Fair”, Royal Academy, London
2013 “Synesthesia/Phonetics”, 123 Kings Road Chelsea, London
2012 “Daiwa Foundation Art Prize”, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London
“TAP”, Co-Exist Gallery, Southend-On-Sea, Essex
SOLO “Brewery 40th Anniversary”, The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, England
SOLO“J Price”, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales
2011 “Metamorphose”, Islington Art Factory Gallery, London
“Parker Harris International Print Biennale”, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle
"Landmark Show 2011", Landmark Gallery, London
“Sondry Folk”, Art Festival, multiple locations across Canterbury city-centre, Canterbury
2010 SOLO “Courting Charlotte”, University of North Carolina in Charlotte Art Gallery, USA
SOLO Site-specific installation, Storrs, UNCC, USA
SOLO “J E Price”, Craig Turner Gallery (Opening), Maidstone
“THE/RE:Generation”, Empty Shop, Maidstone
2009 SOLO “Angel in the Laundry Basket”, George Rodger Gallery, Kent
“Art Thing at the Place”, Lashings, Maidstone
“True Ingredients”, 91-95 Brick Lane, London
“The Seventeen:17”, University of the Creative Arts
“The Seventeen:17”, Bankside Gallery, London
No Name, Cambridge Rock Festival
2008 “Printing Edge”, Arcade Burke Gallery, London
“Blatant”, University of the Creative Arts, Maidstone