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Jonny Briggs


C-type Lambda print

101 x 139 cm
Magicians, comedians, people who disturb our comfortable interpretation of the world
” These are among the influences Briggs cites and they seem apt indeed: you have to pay close attention to the artist’s tricks to figure out what’s happening: did you miss his mother’s well-hidden body in Portal? Or his father’s ever so discrete presence in Into the Black?
Into The Black
Jonny Briggs
Into The Black


C-type Lambda print

110 x 114 cm
Each of Briggs’ photographs is set up as a stage, with the players (most often his mother and his father) miming unsettling thoughts and hinting at unresolved domestic tensions.
The Other
Jonny Briggs
The Other



25 x 18 cm (approx)
Briggs prefers flirtation with the unsaid rather than confrontation, but the one-act plays do contain an element of revenge, or at least the suggestion that there are old scores to settle.
Untitled Wooden Chair
Jonny Briggs
Untitled Wooden Chair



50 x 25 x 25 cm
The Briggs family album, to which the artist often has recourse, is both a curse and a blessing: it certainly recalls momentary joys of childhood, but it also reminds Briggs of the role he was obliged to play in the ‘performances’ directed by his father. Now Briggs-the-artist has the upper hand, proving Wordsworth’s famous observation, “the child is the father of the man.”

Text by William A Ewing
Jonny Briggs


C-type Lambda print

112 x 177 cm
Comfort Object
Jonny Briggs
Comfort Object


C-type Lambda prints mounted on aluminium

110 x 110 cm
1p Coin
Jonny Briggs
1p Coin


23 1/4 carat gold

20.3 x 1.6 mm

Jonny Briggs's BIOGRAPHY

Jonny Briggs
Born in 1985, London, UK
Lives and works in London, UK


DEAD, Saatchi Gallery, London
Soil Culture touring exhibition; including White Moose, Dartington, Peninsula Arts and Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Italy
Solo Show; N Contemporary, hosted at MC2 Gallery, Milan, Italy
The London Intensive, Camden Arts Centre
Catlin Prize World Tour
Photobook Melbourne Photography Prize, Australia
Photo 50; Against Nature, London Art Fair
Florilegia, Grimaldi Gavin

Group Show, Ermanno Tedeschi, Tel Aviv
Foam Talent 2014, l’Atelier NĂ©erlandais, Paris
Facing the Wild – The Unknown, The Others Fair, Turin
Foam Talent 2014, East Wing Gallery, Dubai
Foam Talent 2014, Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam
Solo show: Monstrares, Julie Meneret, New York
Future Flesh, 223 Gallery, Waterloo

Family Politics, Jerwood Space, London
The Future Can Wait, Victoria House, London
Masquerade, White Moose Gallery, Barnstaple
Ceri Hand Summer Fete, Ceri Hand Gallery
Solo show; Ancestral Home, Simon Oldfield Gallery, London
Utopie Distribuée, White Project
Masquerade, High House Gallery
Reality Check, 44AD, Bath
Bologna Art Fair, Italy

Seduction, Simon Oldfield Gallery, London
Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed, Photographers’ Gallery, London
This Is London, Shizaru Gallery, London
Courtship of the Peoples, Simon Oldfield Gallery, London
Out of Focus: Photography, Saatchi Gallery, London
The Catlin Prize, London
Solo show, White Project, Paris
Solo show, FaMa Gallery, Verona
The Catlin Guide, London Art Fair

Prix Leca, Marta Herford Museum, Germany
The Way We Live Now, The Design Museum, London
New Sensations, Victoria House, London
Partay Em Foco, International Photography Festival, Brazil
Hoopers Gallery Summer Show, London
Surreal Women, Cob Gallery, London
The Divided Self, Cob Gallery, London
Versailles, The Gallery On Red church Street, London
The Royal We, Guts For Garters, London

Testing Ground, 176/Zabludowicz Collection, Chalk Farm, London
Moscow Young Art Biennale, Moscow, Russia
Park Night, Pump house Gallery, London
Album, Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool
Surreal Nightmares, Shunt, London Bridge
Mini Exhibition, Rydges Hotel, South Kensington, London
Art Below Zero, Westbourne Studios, Notting hill, London

RCA Secret, Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
198 Contemporary Arts, London
The London Art Fair, Angel, London

The New Sensations Saatchi Gallery, London
Site show, Belgravia, London
The Shape of Things To Come, Battersea Park, London

The Arts Gallery, Mayfair, London
The Vegas Gallery, Shoreditch
Token, Bethnal Green Old Town Hall

This Way Up, Temporary Contemporary, Deptford
The Imperial War Museum, London