Jonathan Wateridge was born in 1972 in Zambia. He trained at the Glasgow School of Art and currently lives and works in London. Wateridge’s work consists of monumental canvases painted in a hyperrealistic style. The ones he describes as an ‘elaborate fiction with visible stitching’ examine the nature of images, be they painted, photographed or filmed. The most characteristic thing about his practice is the fact that his canvases are born from the very act of painting. Each composition is preceded by the creation of a set, with obessive attention paid to the choice of objects and people. Continuously balancing reality and fiction, his canvases recall large history painting as well as cinematographic stills, and crystallise with the same power the formality of an official group portrait and the banality of a domestic interior, or the apocalyptic atmosphere following an environmental disaster.
Exhibitions dedicated to Wateridge’s work include those held at L + M Arts, Los Angeles (2013), All Visual Arts, London (2011) and David Risley Gallery, London (2006). His work was shown at Palazzo Grassi in the exhibition ‘Il mondo vi appartiene’ (2011-12).