Alison Jackson is a contemporary, BAFTA and multi award-winning artist, photographer and filmmaker explores the cult of celebrity – an extraordinary phenomenon created by the media, publicity industries and the public figures themselves.
Alison’s work raises provocative questions about fake news and alternative facts. She creates convincingly realistic work portraying the imagined private lives of public figures using cleverly styled lookalikes. Resemblance becomes real, and fantasy touches on the plausible.
Jackson creates scenes that the public have all imagined but never seen. It’s an exploration of our insatiable desire to get personal with public personalities, raising questions about the power and seductive nature of imagery which incites voyeurism and our need to believe – Jackson challenges our preconceptions.
Jackson takes portraits of (real!) famous actors, politicians and celebrities, building her Museum collections, such as at the National Portrait Gallery, The Parliamentary Art Collection in London and SF MOMA, San Francisco.
In 2019 Jackson founded and launched the photography programs and competition A Day in Your Life to cultivate, nurture and celebrate the future creatives of tomorrow from under – represented and minority backgrounds, or people living with disabilities, and anyone who hasn’t had a chance to showcase their talent yet – A Day in Your Life can not only provide lifelines but also life-changing opportunity for all ages: from 7 upwards.
Jackson mentors young people and is a Member of the Alumni Council for The Royal College of Art, Trustee of Chelsea Art Theatre and Ambassador for the Spinal Injuries Association. Jackson supports a number of charities, including MacMillan Cancer Support, Marie-Curie, Jeans for Genes Day and Cancer Research UK amongst others.
She has published numerous books including Private ( Penguin Books;) Confidential (Taschen), Up the Aisle, Stern Fotographie and Private.
Her work has been acquired by many public museum collections including The Parliamentary Art Collection, London; The National Portrait Gallery, London; SF MOMA, San Francisco;London; Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Brussels; The Frances Foundation, Paris and The International Centre of Photography amongst others.
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