Selected works by Jonny Briggs

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?

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.

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.

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
Jonny Briggs
Comfort Object


C-type Lambda prints mounted on aluminium

110 x 110 cm
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


Da Uno a Diece, N Contemporary
The Benaki Museum
Group Exhibition: My London, Peckham24, Copeland Gallery, London, Curated by Emma Bowkett

Group Show: At Home She’s a Tourist, curated by Tom Lovelace, Copeland Gallery, London
Two-person Show: The Manicured Wild; Evy Jokhova & Jonny Briggs, Kristin Hjellegjerde, London
Group Show & Commission: From Selfie to Self Expression; Saatchi Gallery
Solo Show: Photoforum PasquArt Photo Museum, Switzerland
Group Show: This Is Not A Curated Exhibition; Galleria Ramo, Lugano, Switzerland

When something bad happens more than once, it starts to feel normal
Group Show; Centre Photographique, Rouen, Normandy, France
Soil Culture: Young Shoots, The Eden Project
Enfances, Galerie d’YS, Brussels, Belgium
Solo project: To Eat With the Eyes, Cabin Gallery
UK/RAINE art prize, Saatchi Gallery

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
Solo Show; Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, Rome

Group Show, Ermanno Tedeschi, Tel Aviv
Foam Talent 2014, l’Atelier Néerlandais, 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 Hal

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