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Current Exhibition

SELECTED WORKS BY Jamie Shovlin

Naomi V Jelish
Jamie Shovlin
Naomi V Jelish

2004

mixed media

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Naomi V Jelish
Jamie Shovlin
Naomi V Jelish

2004

mixed media

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Naomi V Jelish
Jamie Shovlin
Naomi V Jelish

2004

mixed media

Dimensions Variable
Naomi V Jelish’s life story is one of pathos and tragedy.

Her strange tale is explained to visitors on labels, in newspaper cuttings, photographs, school reports and through personal mementoes.

Naomi showed great aptitude for art in the face of complete indifference from her family and school. But in 1991, a few months after her father drowned, Naomi, then 13, her mother, and her four siblings mysteriously walked out of the family home in Gravesend, Kent, and despite extensive police inquiries, none of them has been seen or heard of again. A cutting from the Kent Messenger discloses that in September 1990 Naomi won "the prestigious North Kent Student Art Prize".

In August the following year the paper reported that police were concerned because the family had vanished. Neighbours said the family seemed "cursed". David Jelish, the head of the family and a road mender with Kent county council, had drowned while saving one of the children, another child had recently survived electrocution and Vanessa, the children’s mother, was suffering from a stress-related illness following the death of her youngest son in 1989.

A book accompanying the display at the Saatchi Gallery goes on to say that Naomi’s precocious drawings were recovered from the abandoned house some time later by the late John Ivesmail, a science teacher at Naomi’s school who had befriended the family. Though beguiled by her sketches, he waited until 1999 to show them in a small exhibition in Gravesend.

Soon after, he passed Naomi’s pictures to a friend, a young artist called Jamie Shovlin, who curated an exhibition of the drawings, along with all Jelish memorabilia recovered from their house and the newspaper cuttings.

The story of Naomi is moving, but it is a hoax, the products of the imagination of Shovlin, 25, from Leicester, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, who spent three years creating the fantasy.
He produced the drawings, the cuttings, the school reports et al in order, as he explained, "to test the boundaries of ambiguity".

Naomi V Jelish and John Ivesmail are anagrams of Jamie Shovlin.

Text by Nigel Reynolds
Naomi V Jelish
Jamie Shovlin
Naomi V Jelish

2004

mixed media

Dimensions Variable
Naomi V Jelish
Jamie Shovlin
Naomi V Jelish

2004

Extraneous Drawings, Private Sketchbooks & School Sketchbooks

Naomi V Jelish
Jamie Shovlin
Naomi V Jelish

2004

Extraneous Drawings, Private Sketchbooks & School Sketchbooks

Naomi V Jelish
Jamie Shovlin
Naomi V Jelish

2004

Extraneous Drawings, Private Sketchbooks & School Sketchbooks

Naomi V Jelish
Jamie Shovlin
Naomi V Jelish

2004

Extraneous Drawings, Private Sketchbooks & School Sketchbooks

Naomi V Jelish
Jamie Shovlin
Naomi V Jelish

2004

Extraneous Drawings, Private Sketchbooks & School Sketchbooks

Naomi V Jelish
Jamie Shovlin
Naomi V Jelish

2004

Extraneous Drawings, Private Sketchbooks & School Sketchbooks

Naomi V Jelish
Jamie Shovlin
Naomi V Jelish

2004

Extraneous Drawings, Private Sketchbooks & School Sketchbooks

Naomi V Jelish
Jamie Shovlin
Naomi V Jelish

2004

Extraneous Drawings, Private Sketchbooks & School Sketchbooks

Naomi V Jelish
Jamie Shovlin
Naomi V Jelish

2004

Extraneous Drawings, Private Sketchbooks & School Sketchbooks

Naomi V Jelish
Jamie Shovlin
Naomi V Jelish

2004

Extraneous Drawings, Private Sketchbooks & School Sketchbooks

Naomi V Jelish
Jamie Shovlin
Naomi V Jelish

2004

Extraneous Drawings, Private Sketchbooks & School Sketchbooks

Naomi V Jelish
Jamie Shovlin
Naomi V Jelish

2004

Extraneous Drawings, Private Sketchbooks & School Sketchbooks

Naomi V Jelish
Jamie Shovlin
Naomi V Jelish

2004

Extraneous Drawings, Private Sketchbooks & School Sketchbooks

Naomi V Jelish
Jamie Shovlin
Naomi V Jelish

2004

Extraneous Drawings, Private Sketchbooks & School Sketchbooks


Jamie Shovlin's BIOGRAPHY

Jamie Shovlin
Born in 1978, London, UK
Lives and works in London, UK



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2013
Hiker Meat, Corner House, Manchester
How Most of What You Know is Reconstruction, City Art Gallery, Southampton

2012
Various Arrangement, Haunch of Venison, London

2011
Thy Will Be Done, Tullie House, Carlisle
A Film by Jesus Rinzoli, Horton Gallery, New York
Three (and a half) Films with Many Shared Characters, Unosunove, Rome
Jesus Rinzoli's Hiker Meat, IBID Projects, London

2010
Hiker Meat, MACRO, Rome
Hiker Meat, Grand Union, Birmingham
Hiker Meat, Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton

2009
The Ntaure of Our Business, Outpost, Norwich
The Evening Redness in the West, Haunch of Venison, Zurich

2008
The Ties that Bind – Jamie Shovlin, Unosunove, Rome, Italy

2007
Jamie Shovlin – A Dream Deferred, Haunch of Venison, London
Aggregate, City Gallery, Leicester, UK, ArtSway, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, UK and Talbot
Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

2006
Lustfaust: A Folk Anthology 1976-1981, Freight & Volume Gallery, New York, USA
In Search of Perfect Harmony,Tate Britain, Art Now, London, UK

2005
Fontana Modern Masters, Riflemaker, Beak St, London, UK

2004
For Some Other Cause, IBID Projects Vilnius, Lithuania
Naomi V. Jelish, Riflemaker, Beak St, London, UK

2002
Five Books, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2012
NEON: La Material Luminosa dell'arte, MACRI, Rome, Italy
The Gathering, Yukiko Kawase Galerie Art Contemporain, Paris, France
Arkhe Travel, Boetzelaer Nispen, London
Bouvard and Pécuchet's Compendious Quest for Beauty, David Roberts Art Foundation, London
Rainbow House, The Agency, London
The Antagonist, Waterside Contemporary, London

2011
Like a Rowing Boat, Facing the way you came, Gallery Vela, London
As the World Turns, Anna Schwarz Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Music, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster
The Other Workspace, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury
Tarot, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea and touring

2010
Deadpan, The Royal Standard, Liverpool
Daydreaming with James Lavelle, Haunch of Venison, London
The Mulberry Tree Press, SE8, London
Peeping Tom, Vegas Gallery, London

2009
We’re Moving, RCA Sackler Building, London
She Said No, Unosunove, Rome, Italy
White Noise, James Cohan, New York
To Do, IKSV, Parallel Event Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
Distortion, Gervasuti Foundation, Venice, Italy (Venice Biennale Collateral Event)
Desiring Necessities, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
Birdland - An Artist's Imaginary Aviary, Salisbury Arts Centre
Mythologies, Haunch of Venison, London

2008
Bookish: When Books Become Art, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
The Other Way Around, Cosmic Gallery, Paris, France
I desired what you were, I need what you are, Galleria Maze, Turin, Italy

2007
Bird Watching, de Vishal, Haarlem, Netherlands
Ten Most Wanted, Archeus, London, UK
Alchemy, Manchester Museum, Manchester, UK
Memory and Monument, Artist’s Space, New York, USA
The Myth of Reality, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, UK

2006
Naturalia, Unosunove, Rome, Italy
Beck’s Futures, ICA London, UK; CCA Glasgow, UK; and Arnolfini, Bristol, UK

2005
After the Fact, Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, UK

2004
Galleon and Other Stories, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Artfutures, Contemporary Art Society, City of London School, London, UK
This much is certain…, Royal College of Art Galleries, UK
Inside Out-Investigating Drawing, Milton Keynes Gallery, UK

2003
nth Art, Ols & Co. Gallery, London, UK
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2003, Cornerhouse, Manchester & 14 Wharf
Road, London, UK
Please – Take One, ‘39’, Mitchell St, London

2002
Artlab22: Over The Road, Imperial College, London, UK
Spectrum II, Heathcote Arts, Nottingham, UK
Diversion, Arch 295, Camberwell. London, UK