Biography

(B. 1979, UK)

James Ostrer’s work often tests the limits of the body politics in the ever evolving analysis of the western body, sexuality, and society. In 2009, Ostrer staged “Customer Container”; an installation in which the artist used photographs of himself taken by six different prostitutes under which the only condition was that they order him to perform as they wished. In 2011, his portrait of Nicky Haslam in Lucien Freud’s chair was “Curator’s choice” for the Taylor Wessing exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Much like Paul McCarthy’s or George Condo’s seminal works, Ostrer’s series Wotsit All About 2014 form a bizarre pattern of tribalism or cartoon-like absurdity. They are rife with a sense of ritual endeavor and colour-saturated sensitivity; while palpitating with a nostalgia for sweets they present themselves with an emphasis on the potential havoc these items also wreak within our collective life experiences. His works are often a catalogue of self- destructive behaviors, and are also managed in such a way that while transgressing themselves as odes to great works of historical art practice, they become re-packaged eye candy for uncomfortable consumption. The artist lives and works in London.

Past Exhibitions
2016 I, Cyborg, Gazelli Art House, London, UK
2016 Photo Junctions, Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Abuja, Nigeria
2016 Guru Jimmy in collaboration with Absolut and Zuma Restaurant, Hong Kong Art Week, Hong Kong, China
2016 On the Table, Curated by Blair Fornwald, Jennifer Matotek, and Wendy Peart, Central and Sherwood Galleries, Regina, Canada
2014 Guru Jimmy, Rob Pruitt’s Venice Flea Market, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2014 Day of the Dead, OXO Gallery, London, UK
2014 Wotsit All About, Gazelli Art House, London, UK
2014 Illuminating the Future, Christies, London, UK
2014 Auction for Oceana, Phillips de Pury, London, UK
2013 Beast in the Beauty, Victoria House, London, UK
2012 The Romance Of Perfection, Merchant Archive, London, UK
2010 The Journey, Vienna-Heldenplatz, Austria
2010 The Journey, The Hague – Plein, Netherlands
2009 The Journey, New York – Washington Place, USA
2009 The Journey, Madrid – Retiro Park, Spain
2009 Death, Sex and Rebirth, Coco de Mer Gallery, London, UK

Art Fairs
2016 Gazelli Art House, Art Central Hong Kong, China
2015 Gazelli Art House, Art15, London, UK

Awards/ Festivals
2015 Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos, Nigeria
2012 Bloom Festival Public Art Event, Verona, Italy
2010/11 Nicky Haslam, Curator’s Choice, Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
2008 Award Winner, Association of Photography Award

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