Photographer and visual artist Jason Kilmister

Bio

London-based photographer and visual artist Jaz Kilmister was born in Singapore and raised in South East England.

Kilmister studied design with analogue photography at undergraduate level at West Surrey College of Art & Design. He went on to specialise in graphic design and later digital design working in advertising. He freelanced in London as a designer, illustrator, animator and coder before founding a creative agency in 2006.

Returning to freelance design and social media roles in 2016, Kilmister trained in Photography at Morley College, Chelsea, gravitating towards photography and visual arts in his own practice.

Artist Statement

My work is an art of questioning.

I make large format colour photographs characterised by a desire to represent a psychological space somewhere between illusion and reality. A half-remembered place.

The work combines digital and analogue processes, merging darkroom-exposed mixed media, collage and sculpture with digital composite techniques.

I mix a methodological approach with chance and intuition to find my way through concept and representation. The work aims to explore beneath the surface of the observable—to probe the tension between internal perception and extrinsic truth, between objectivity and subjectivism. To pursue the elusive properties of memory, metaphysics and psychology.

I believe that reality is a poorly understood medium. It is this, combined with a fascination for the aesthetic potential of the camera, a curious nature and a sense of wonder fostered by a childhood spent between the South Downs, the Scottish Borders and India that drives my image making.

Awards

Fine Art Photography Award

8th FAPA Awards Nomination for the 'Past Presence' series, 2022.

Fine Art Photography Award

8th FAPA Awards Nomination for the 'Dominion' series, 2022.

Neutral Density Award

A 2021 ND Awards Honourable Mention for the 'Past Presence' series.

Neutral Density Award

ND Awards Honourable Mention for the 'Dominion' series, 2021.

Alison Jackson 'A Day In Your Life' Award

Alison Jackson Studios, 'Highly Commended' in category, 2020 'A Day In Your Life' photo competition for an image from the 'Regenerator' series.

Shows

Group Show | Photology

May 2021 | Chelsea Gallery, Chelsea Centre for the Creative Industries, Hortensia Road, London SW10 0QS

Group show | Unfamiliar Travels

May 2019 | 508 Gallery, King's Road, London SW10 0LD

Group Show | Framework

July 2017 | Nolia's Gallery, 60 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0BL

Jaz Kilmister, photographer and visual artist. The 'Past Presence' project.

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