Jacky Redgate has exhibited in significant exhibitions locally and internationally and carries a reputation as a rigorous artist. After being awarded the Bowness Photography Prize for Light Throw Mirrors #4, a beautiful image of prosaic objects staged in still life formation, Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia commented : “It is virtually flawless as a photograph .. challenging many of the expectations of what a photograph is.”
“As if to increase the instability of her imagined world, Redgate has used mirrors of various kinds over the last two decades. Mirrors have long haunted western art, as a means of reflecting upon the vanities and truths of representation, or of teasing out the intersections between artist, spectator and voyeur. Redgate was introduced to the possibilities of working with mirrors by Florence Henri, an artist of an earlier generation, whose compelling photographs brought Bauhaus ideas to Piet Mondrian’s avant-garde circle in Paris. Henri’s mirrors turned still life and portraiture into cubist compositions of complex spatial ambiguity, a process she likened to composing a painting.”
Ann Stephen, Jacky Redgate: Mirrors, Power Publication, 2015
Born in London 1955, JACKY REDGATE emigrated to Australia in 1967 as a child and studied at the South Australian School of Art and Sydney College of the Arts. Working across photographic and object-based practices, Jacky Redgate has exhibited extensively within Australia and internationally since the end of the 1970s.
In 2004 the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia presented a comprehensive three-part survey exhibition of Jacky Redgate’s work and a substantial artist monograph, which formed the basis of similar surveys at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in 2005, as well as at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane in 2008. The survey exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art incorporated a curatorial project by Jacky Redgate of selected works from the MCA Collection.
Jacky Redgate’s work has been included in major group exhibitions including After the Artefact: An Exhibition of Contemporary Photographic Practice (Wollongong City Gallery, New South Wales; Newcastle Region Art Gallery, New South Wales and Ivan Dougherty Gallery, City Art Institute, Sydney, 1984–85); the 1986, 1988 and 1990 Biennales of Sydney; the 1985 and 1987 Australian Perspecta exhibitions (Art Gallery of New South Wales); Looking at Seeing and Reading (Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Monash University Gallery, Melbourne, 1993–94); Photography is Dead! Long Live Photography! (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1996); What is this Thing Called Photography? (Art Gallery of New South Wales,1999). In the last five years she has participated in 21st Century Modern: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art 2006 (Art Gallery of South Australia), Clemenger Art Award (National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2006); Full Frontal – images from within the studio (Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 2008); Primary Views (The Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2009), Photographer Unknown (Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2009); Mirror Mirror: Then and Now (The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, The University Art Gallery, Verge Gallery and Tin Sheds, The University of Sydney, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, 2009–10) and Cubism and Australian Art, (Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2009–10).
Jacky Redgate is a participant in the Senior Artists Research Forum at the University of Woollongong, New South Wales. Light Throw (Mirrors) is a major component of the creative research for her Doctor of Creative Arts degree Visions From Her Bed.