Jamie Shovlin, ‘Rough Cut (Hiker Meat)’, 2013, Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada

About Jamie Shovlin

Jamie Shovlin is known for ambitious projects that explore ideas of truth and fiction and combine his skill as a draughtsman, printmaker, painter, and writer with conceptual complexity and playfulness. In Naomi V. Jelish (2001–04), Shovlin constructed an extensive archive of drawings, newspaper clippings, and ephemera relating to a fictitious 13-year-old prodigy who mysteriously disappeared with her family. Lustfaust: A Folk Anthology 1976–1981 (2003–06) documents the groupies and memorabilia of a made-up 1970s German experimental noise band. Painstakingly researched and executed, Shovlin's work questions how information becomes authoritative and exposes the fallibility of classification systems.

British, b. 1978

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