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Jamie Shovlin

Jamie Shovlin (b. 1978) has exhibited internationally and currently lives and works in London.

Shovlin is a difficult artist to pin down. He is interested in the balance between truth and fiction and our perception of the world around us. His interventions often challenge us to re-think or question our understanding of reality.

Shovlin’s work first received international recognition in 2004 when he staged an exhibition based around the drawings of disappeared schoolgirl Naomi V. Jelish. Supporting newspaper cuttings and diaries were also displayed alongside the works and the full archive was purchased by contemporary art collector Charles Saatchi. Halfway through the exhibition Shovlin revealed that the archive was in fact false and that Naomi V. Jelish was an anagram of his own name.

In 2006, Shovlin created another exhibition based on the memorabilia of a non-existent German glam rock band called Lustfaust. This project was supported by a network of fake websites created by Shovlin and earned him a nomination for the Beck’s Futures prize.

The artist’s film Hiker Meat was displayed at Cornerhouse, Manchester in 2014.


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