Brendan Jamison was born in Northern Ireland in 1979. He graduated with a Master of Fine Art in 2004 and has been exhibiting across the globe for the past 12 years. Jamison is a 'Fellow' of the Royal Society of Arts in London and an elected member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts. His artworks are held in many significant collections around the world and he has received over 1,000 pieces of media coverage spanning art magazines, newspapers, books, televison and radio. For a complete biography please CLICK HERE
Jamison's art is housed in many significant public and corporate collections across the globe:
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Southern Food and Beverage Museum, New Orleans
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast
Creative Crossover China, Beijing
Diploma Collection, Royal Ulster Academy of Arts
John Erickson Museum of Art, Florida, USA
California State University, USA
Native Land, London
Cyrill Sweett, London
University of Ulster print-making collection, Belfast
Fitzrovia Group, Belfast
North Down Borough Council, Bangor, N. Ireland
SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATES
Brendan Jamison and his sculpture partner Mark Revels are currently in Ukraine making preparations for a large sculpture project commissioned by Izolyatsia, an international foundation for arts and culture. Based in Kyiv (Kiev), the organisation is spread over 4 levels of a former factory in the industrial quarter of the city. The exhibition will open on Thursday 22 September 2016. More details will be released mid-August.
Brendan Jamison (left) and Mark Revels (right) introduce their Pompidou project [86 seconds]
Brendan Jamison and his sculpture partner Mark Revels have been commissioned to create a new installation entitled Sugar Metropolis for the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Every visitor is invited to work alongside Jamison and Revels to participate in the creation of this large-scale sugar cube installation which combines the worlds of architecture, design, science, city-planning, game-playing and fine art. The project has been generously supported by the Centre Culturel Irlandais and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Sugar Metropolis is on display from 2 - 6 pm every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at the 13/16 Interactive Space on Level -1 (basement) and is open to the public from Saturday October 10 until Sunday November 22, 2015. Entry to this project space is free. For images please CLICK HERE
RED CRANE (2015) Brendan Jamison, wool over PVC piping. 318 x 240 x 80 cm
ULSTER MUSEUM, BELFAST
For his latest project exploring the theme of 'androdgynous aesthetics', Brendan Jamison has created a wool crane sculpture for a group exhibition at the Ulster Museum in Northern Ireland. The 3 month show runs until Sunday January 3, 2016. Opening hours are from 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday Free Entry. For further images please CLICK HERE.
Brendan Jamison (right) and Mark Revels (left) introduce their highlights of the Venice Biennale in a fun and playful tour [3 minutes, 37 seconds]
Brendan Jamison and his sculpture partner Mark Revels are in Venice during September 2015 on a research visit to the 56th Biennale, entitled 'All the World's Futures'. Established in 1895, it is the largest and longest running international art exhibition on the planet. Each participating country has a special national pavilion at the Biennale, showcasing artists who push the boundraries of contemporary art. The event attracts over 300,000 visitors throughout its 6 month run and it continues until November 22, 2015.
BIOLOGICAL ARCHITECTURE (2015) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels. Carved sugar cubes. 60 x 380 x 180 cm. Commissioned by Abbott FreeStyle in association with RJM Design. Installed at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the annual conference of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
COMMISSION FOR THE DIABETES EDUCATORS, LOUISIANA
Commissioned by American pharmaceutical company Abbott, Brendan Jamison collaborated with Mark Revels to create a large sugar cube carving for the annual conference of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. With over 7,500 atendees from all across the United States, the event was held at the Ernest N. Morial Conventer Center in New Orleans, Louisiana [August 5-8, 2015]. Using 47,583 sugar cubes, the sculpture intermixes biological elements from the human body with some of the most iconic architectural styles of New Orleans. The head is represented by the Superdome, the torso is the Central Business District - interwoven with a carved heart, arteries, stomach and intestines. Meanwhile the left arm is the French Quarter, the right arm is the Warehouse Arts District and the legs feature the double bridge over the Mississippi River. For further images please CLICK HERE
GIANT GREEN DIGGER BUCKET [model G210THB] (2015) Brendan Jamison. Wood. 210 x 170 x 94 cm
OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SERIES
Brendan Jamison has unveiled his new outdoor sculpture series with a giant green digger bucket in the G.S.C. Sculpture Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland. In response to the mechanical devices of the construction industry, Jamison favours an organic approach, choosing the material of wood, combined with the colour green and the creation of natural-shaped openings at the sides of the structure. Upturned with its curved back stretching outwards, the bucket seems to attack the tree with its four pointed teeth, like the claws of a giant bear in the forest. For further images please CLICK HERE
Brita commercial by Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels (62 seconds)
MoMA, NEW YORK
On June 4 at MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art, New York), the sugar cube sculpture commercial by Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels is on the shortlist for 'Best Design' category at the 23rd Annual AICP Awards, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers. Created by Harvest Films for the Brita water filter company, the sugar cube city will be screened at 6:30pm during the announcement ceremony and will enter the archive of MoMA's Film Department. It will also tour to museums throughout America during the second half of 2015. Click above to watch the commercial.
SIR HENRY TATE'S MAUSOLEUM by Brendan Jamison. Carved sugar cubes, 65 x 75 x 45 cm. Photography: © Jamison Sculpture Studio
TATE SCULPTURE PUBLISHED BY OXFORD UNIVERSITY
Brendan Jamison’s carved sugar cube sculpture of Sir Henry Tate’s Mausoleum has been published by Oxford University Press in a hardback encyclopedia of 897 pages: ‘The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets’, edited by Darra Goldstein (ISBN 978-0-19-931339-6). As a gift to the nation, sugar cube manufacturer Henry Tate donated his art collection and the funds to build the first Tate Gallery, now known as Tate Britain in London. Jamison’s intricate carving features detailed lettering through a pioneering technique he developed specifically for the project. It was originally exhibited at West Norwood Cemetery in London, the burial place of Sir Henry Tate. The sculpture was then exhibited from October 2014 to January 2015 at the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts annual exhibition in the Ulster Museum, Belfast. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland subsequently purchased the piece, making it the third Jamison sculpture to be added to their contemporary art collection. For further images, please visit the sugar cube page - CLICK HERE.
SQUEEZED TELEPHONE BOX (2005) bronze, 15.5 x 6.5 x 5 cm and GREEN DIGGER BUCKET COUPLE (2008) microcrystalline and paraffin wax over wood, 46 x 56 x 29 cm. Photography: © John Ross & Co.
EARLY SCULPTURES HIT AUCTION HOUSE
A rare bronze telephone box and a pair of wax digger buckets by Brendan Jamison are currently on display at Ross's Auctions in Northern Ireland. The artworks are being sold in the Stephen Hylands Contemporary Art Collection, with all 96 lots scheduled to be auctioned at 7pm on Wednesday 13 May 2015. Location: 37 Montgomery Street, Belfast. Opening times: Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. ADMISSION FREE.
SWISS ARMY KNIFE (2015) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes. 11 x 16 x 3 cm. Commissioned by Vogue Italia, Milan. Photography © Vogue Italia
VOGUE COMMISSION, MILAN, ITALY
Brendan Jamison has been commissioned to make 4 sculptures for Vogue magazine in Milan, Italy. The Swiss theme features an army knife, watch, flag and chocolate bar. The sculptures are published in a special photo-shoot in the March 2015 edition of Vogue Italia. For further images please CLICK HERE
Mark Revels and Brendan Jamison outside their exhibition at the Inter Art Center, 798 Art District, Beijing.
BEIJING AND SHANGHAI EXHIBITIONS
During March 2015, Jamison was displaying works in 4 exhibitions in China at the 6th annual 'Irish Wave' festival in Beijing and Shanghai. The first exhibition, 'Golden Fleece', opened on March 15 at the Inter Art Center in the 798 Art District of Beijing and featured a collaboration with Mark Revels. The sculpture duo presented a body cast installation with felt virus spheres and wool forklift trucks.
China Central Television: Culture Express, broadcast on March 17, 2015. [2 minutes, 23 seconds]
Meanwhile, in the business district of Beijing, 'A Meditation in Time of War' opened on March 16 at the Dong Yue Art Museum. The preview was filmed by China Central Television, the most watched channel in Asia (see clip above). The following week, 'Small World' opened on March 21 at the San Wei Art Center in the M50 Art District of Shanghai. The final show, 'Intimate Perspectives' took place at the Shanghai Grand Theater and was accompanied by a series of artist talks on March 23.
Brendan Jamison and Alvin Hall at the launch of EVOLUTION on December 9 at the Sugar Hill Museum of Art and Storytelling, New York City. Photography © Jamison Sculpture Studio
EVOLUTION, NEW YORK CITY
EVOLUTION, a new sugar cube sculpture installation by Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels, was unveiled on December 9 at the corporate launch of the new Sugar Hill Museum of Art and Storytelling in New York City. Alvin Hall, the internationally renowned financial educator and TV presenter, officially opened the event with his notable blend of charisma and wonderful sense of humour. He delivered a very witty speech in front of hundreds of guests and particularly enjoyed interacting with Jamison and Revels as he got down on his knees to contribute to the 'Evolution' installation. For images of the project please CLICK HERE
Film still from Brita commercial. Directed by Matthias Zentner. SUGAR BIOLOGY (2014) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels. 221,314 sugar cubes. 100 x 800 x 400 cm. Commissioned by Brita and Harvest Films, Los Angeles.
SUGAR BIOLOGY, LOS ANGELES
Harvest Films, based in Los Angeles, commissioned sculptors Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels to travel to Hollywood to create a giant human-shaped city in sugar cubes for a television commercial by Brita, the German water-filter company that operates globally. Using 221,314 sugar cubes and measuring 8 metres long, the sculpture represents the average amount of sugar that one human being consumes in a lifetime. Directed by Matthias Zentner, the TV campaign was released in Canada on Monday September 8, 2014. It was then broadcast across America on Friday October 17 and continues to air until the end of December 2014. The commercial is designed to highlight the serious health risks of drinking liquids with high sugar content. For further information please CLICK HERE
SUGAR BIOLOGY - behind the scenes with Mark Revels and Brendan Jamison (87 seconds)
AWARD WINNER: THE TEXTILE SOCIETY, ENGLAND
On October 1, Brendan Jamison won the annual Professional Development Award from the UK Textile Society. The award will fund an exhibition of wool forklift sculptures in March 2015 in Beijing, China. The judges stated "the project is witty, exciting and has an innovative gender approach with excellent promotion of UK textiles". The Society promotes the study of textile disciplines and celebrates the history and culture of textiles, both traditional and contemporary. Established in 1982 as an educational charity, the Society gives support to students, designers, historians and practitioners though its educational and professional awards. The Society's Journal, TEXT is published annually.
JUNE - AUGUST 2014
SUGAR METROPOLIS, HARLEM, NYC
'New York Sugar Metropolis' is a giant collaborative project devised by international sculptors Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels. The exhibition is hosted by NO LONGER EMPTY at a new artspace in the Sugar Hill district of Harlem. Sugar Metropolis is open to the public to contribute and is on display until Sunday August 10, 2014. It is located on the ground floor of the new Sugar Hill Museum of Art at Broadway Housing Communities, 404-414 West 155th Street, on the corner of St. Nicholas Avenue, Harlem, New York City. Opening hours: Thursday and Friday: 3-7pm. Saturday and Sunday: 1-6pm. FREE ENTRY. Project sponsored by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the New York office of the Northern Ireland Bureau and LuLu LoLo Productions. For further information CLICK HERE
SUGAR METROPOLIS REVIEWED IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
HISTORY OF SUGAR METROPOLIS
Official trailer for Sugar Metropolis [created by Design Ethos for the RUA]
The 'Sugar Metropolis' project began in October 2013 as a giant collaborative project devised for the Royal Ulster Academy (RUA) by sculptor Brendan Jamison. Every visitor to the Ulster Museum was invited to participate in the creation of this large-scale sugar cube sculpture installation, enclosed within its own room as part of the RUA Annual Exhibition. Featuring half a million cubes, Sugar Metropolis was generously sponsored by KPMG, Arts & Business N.I. and Belfast City Council. Jamison outlined how "this special project celebrated the power of collaboration in art, unlocking the potential of thousands of minds working together in the realisation of an artwork beyond any one person's singular vision." Sugar Metropolis opened to the public on Friday 18 October 2013, with participation continuing until Sunday 17 November. With visitors coming to the Ulster Museum from all over the world, over 5,000 people contributed to the building of the sculpture. The completed Sugar Metropolis was on display until Sunday 5 January 2014 and received over 74,000 visitors. For further information please CLICK HERE
GERMANY: TEUFELSBERG FIELD STATION BERLIN
Brendan Jamison's plastic block artworks from the INTELLIGENCE GATHERING exhibition at PS Squared Gallery, Belfast, Januray 2014. Photography © Tony Corey for Jamison Sculpture Studio
Completed in April 2014, Brendan Jamison worked on an 18 month research project on Field Station Berlin, a Cold War American spy station built on Teufelsberg, an artificial hill in the Grunewald forest. The core of the research features 'intelligence reports' that Jamison has created through detailed analysis of the spy station with regular field trips to the site and extensive interviews with former intelligence operatives. Phase 1 culminated in a September 2013 exhibition at the WerkStadt Gallery, Berlin. Phase 2 was presented at PS Squared in Belfast during January 2014. For further information please CLICK HERE
TURNER PRIZE 2013
Brendan Jamison, Nicholas Serota and Carrie Neely. Photography © Christine Trueman
MONDAY 2 DECEMBER 2013
TURNER PRIZE AWARD NIGHT
Brendan Jamison with Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate, at the Turner Prize award ceremony in Derry/Londonderry on Monday 2 December 2013. "It was wonderful chatting to Nicholas about the recent Henry Tate Mausoleum project, an intricate sugar cube carving installed in London's West Norwood Cemetery as part of the 'Curious' sculpture trail..." The Turner Prize exhibition continues at Ebrington Barracks until Sunday 5 January 2014. For images from the awards cermony please CLICK HERE
1 DECEMBER 2013
AMERICA: 8 PAGE INTERVIEW IN SCULPTURE MAGAZINE
Published by the International Sculpture Center, New Jersey
Imagination in Hyper-Drive
A conversation with Brendan Jamison. By Brian McAvera
It's rare for Irish sculptors, particularly those from Northern Ireland, to have a high profile by the time they are in their early 30s, but Brendan Jamison, seemingly without effort, has propelled himself into the limelight and is unlikely to be dislodged in the near future. I say "seemingly" because Jamison makes everything look easy, which is, of course, the mark of the true professional. In fact, he is a meticulously hard worker and an unusually gifted artist who uses non-traditional sculptural materials. Over the past decade, he has shown across three continents, and he has a "nose" for the high profile, such as his sugar-cube sculptures of the Tate Gallery and No. 10 Downing Street (exhibited at that building). Jamison is quirky and shrewd - one of those rare sculptors whose work has a quiet sense of humor. He has also, unlike so many Irish male sculptors, managed to avoid the trap of an insistently phallic machismo. Jamison integrates his male and female selves. Watching his sculptural mutations is one of the pleasures of a critic's life.
To view the entire 8 page feature please CLICK HERE
A DECADE OF CONSTRUCTION
10 YEARS OF JAMISON SCULPTURE STUDIO
Every year features at least 5 exciting projects, but we've edited it down to just one sculpture/installation per year to represent a slice of the action over the past decade.....
CHINA: 3 BEIJING EXHIBITIONS
During the month of March 2013, artist Brendan Jamison was in Beijing installing 3 exhibitions as part of China's annual Irish Wave festival, curated by Fion Gunn. A new series of sugar cube carvings on the theme of 'Walls and Borders' was on show at Creative Crossover China in the 798 Art District of Beijing. The three-part display comprised of the Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall and the Belfast Peace Walls. Across the street in the NuoArt Gallery, an orange wax digger bucket was on display in 'A Tale of Two Cities' exhibition. For further information please CLICK HERE
London: Royal British Society of Sculptors
Belfast: Royal Ulster Academy of Arts
In October 2012, Brendan Jamison was elected to the Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) and the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts (RUA). Pictured above: SUBMARIINES at the 'Interplanetary Revolutions' exhibiton in the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.
ENGLAND: Towner Museum of Contemporary Art
EASTBOURNE TOWER (2008-2011) Brendan Jamison, sugar cubes. 500 x 700 x 800 cm, tower with river of sugar cubes. Installation at Towner Contemporary Art Museum, Eastbourne, England. Exhibition curated by Sanna Moore, 1 July to 18 September 2011.
London Festival of Architecture: Tate Modern and NEO Bankside in sugar cubes
Sugar cube sculpture models commissioned by Native Land & Grosvenor for the 2010 London Festival of Architecture at the NEO Bankside Pavilion on the Southbank, London. NEO Bankside is designed by world-renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. The original bankside power station was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott. It was transfomed into Tate Modern by Herzog and DeMeuron and opened to the public in 2000. Pictured above: TATE MODERN (2010) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes, 100 x 200 x 140 cm.
BERLIN: The Reichstag Dome
In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Norman Foster's dome that was added to The Reichstag back in 1999, the John Erickson Museum of Art (JEMA) invited Brendan Jamison to build a sugar-cube version of the glass and metal edifice. In homage to the iconic 1995 wrapping of The Reichstag (then domeless) by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, JEMA Director Sean Miller commissioned the production of a special wrapping fabric to cover the entire sugar sculpture and an unwrapping event took place at the front of The Reichstag. Several months later, JEMA travelled 'Reichstag Würfelzucker Kuppel' to the Samuel P. Harn Museum in Florida.
N. IRELAND: Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown
Pictured above: IN-BETWEEN (2008) Brendan Jamison, wool over wood, installation at Millennium Court Arts Centre,Portadown, N. Ireland. RED TUNNEL: 212 x 500 x 600 cm. YELLOW SPIRAL STAIRCASE: 265 x 160 x 160 cm. BLUE BRIDGE: 180 x 392 x 120 cm.
BELFAST: Digger Bucket Series
Pictured above: detail of DIGGER BUCKET SERIES (2007-2008) Brendan Jamison, microcrystalline and paraffin wax over wood, 15 sculptures, dimensions ranging from 30 x 20 x 25 cm to 76 x 70 x 58 cm. Queen Street Studios Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
INDIA: KHOJ, New Delhi
Pictured above: AN OTHER WORLD (2006) Brendan Jamison, Site-specific installation at KHOJ, New Delhi, India, red wool bridge, blue wool railing, yellow wool ladder and red wool column.
BELFAST: Old Museum Arts Centre
In August 2005, Jamison held his first solo exhibition with a series of works focusing on the game-play involved in navigating the art scene, both locally and globally. The five works from this project encouraged the audience to engage directly with the exhibits and employ their own strategies to advance in the fabricated art world! Pictured avove on the wall: 'Guess the Biennale' and in the centre of the gallery 'Artopoly'. For further information CLICK HERE
BELFAST: Organic Architecture
Pictured above: detail images of IN-BETWEEN (2004) Brendan Jamison. Installation of 7 sugar cube sculptures with blue fabric, heights: 285 cm, 210 cm, 185cm, 180 cm, 150 cm, 120 cm and 95 cm. School of Art & Design, University of Ulster, Belfast.
4 CURRENT EXHIBITIONS OPEN
1. DOWNING STREET, LONDON
Brendan Jamison' s carved sugar cube sculpture of NUMBER 10 is currently on display in the entrance hall of 10 Downing Street, behind the real front door. For exhibition images please CLICK HERE
SCULPTURE ON PERMANENT DISPLAY
2. NEW ORLEANS, USA
Brendan Jamison and his sculpture partner Mark Revels are currently displaying a large sugar cube sculpture entitled HUMAN BIOLOGY, NEW ORLEANS (2015) at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB). Using 47,583 sugar cubes, the project is inspired by the architecture of New Orleans and the organs of the human body, with a particular focus on the heart, arteries, stomach and intestines. The sculpture was commissioned by Abbott FreeStyle for the American Association of Diabetes Educators, an annual event of 7,500 attendees which was held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from August 5-8, 2015. The artwork was subsequently donated to SoFAB where it will remain on display until the end of May 2016. Museum opening days are Thursday to Monday from 11am to 5:30pm. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Address: 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70113, USA. For further images please CLICK HERE.
SCULPTURE ON DISPLAY UNTIL SUNDAY JUNE 5, 2016
3. WRAY GALLERY, BELFAST
Currently on display at the Wray Gallery, Jamison is exhibiting a new sculpture of a war memorial which commemorates the victims of the First World War who died during the Battle of the Somme. Pictured above: THE ULSTER TOWER, THIEPVAL, FRANCE, carved sugar cubes, 43 x 18 x 16 cm. Presented on a wooden base with acrylic display case. Gallery address: 14-16 James Street South, Belfast, Northern Ireland. The gallery is open from 11:30am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. ADMISSION FREE.
EXHIBITION CLOSING AT 5PM ON SATURDAY MARCH 26, 2016
4. NORTH DOWN MUSEUM, N. IRELAND
BANGOR CASTLE TOWN HALL (2011) Brendan Jamison. A carved sugar cube sculpture commissioned by North Down Borough Council. On permanent display in North Down Museum, Bangor, Northern Ireland. Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am to 4:30pm. Sunday 12:00pm to 4:30pm. ADMISSION FREE.
SCULPTURE ON PERMANENT DISPLAY
From America to China, Denmark to Singapore, over the past 12 years, Jamison's art practice has received over 1,000 pieces of media coverage across television, radio, newspaper and magazine articles.
12 YEARS OF REVIEWS
4 November 2015: Centre Pompidou exhibition rewiew in the The Irish Times
April/May 2015: Make Magazine, San Francisco, USA
19 March 2015: Exclusive BBC Two interview at Jamison Sculpture Studio. Broadcast on The Arts Show.
25 June 2014: DaiMohk TV, Chechen Republic [Language: Russian]
(1 minute, 25 seconds)
6 June 2014: The Wall Street Journal, New York City
13 May 2014: Discovery Channel, Canada (2 minutes, 36 seconds)
27 February 2014: Bloomberg TV, America (37 seconds)
December 2013. May 2011. April 2011. July/August 2009
18 September 2013
Northern Ireland: UTV: Sunday 12 May 2013,
UTV broadcasted an interview on 'The Magazine' show between Sarah Travers and sculptor Brendan Jamison at his Belfast sculpture studio. To view the short film and production photos please CLICK HERE
ITV DAYBREAK NEWS: 12 June 2012
UTV NEWS, 19 January 2012
THE OBSERVER, 26 February and 30 December 2012
10 November 2008 and 18 January 2011
HONG KONG: Appetite for Design: Eat Me, January 2012
BBC NEWS South East, 1 July 2011
2010, 2011, 2012
23 October 2009 and 30 June 2010
Summer 2008 and Autumn 2008
26 May 2007
2004, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012
© Brendan Jamison 2000-2016. Jamison Sculpture Studio, Belfast, Northern Ireland