Jyll Bradley - Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon: Charity Online Auction London Tuesday, March 12, 2024 | Phillips

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  • Jyll Bradley works with photography, installation, film, drawing and sculpture. Her work first emerged in the late 1980s within a cohort of artists interested in combining the formal rigour of Minimalism with ideas of identity and place.


    Light has been a constant protagonist in Bradley’s practice, from early photographic light-box installations to her work with fluorescent Plexiglas. Through a process of ‘queering minimalism’ her work grafts personal narratives with light-reactive futuristic materials.


    Self-Portrait 1987–2023, 2024, brings to light a hitherto unseen self-portrait that Bradley took in the late 1980s:


    ‘This highly personal image speaks to my desire then as a young queer woman to be seen and understood, but also hide away and be private. So, I am turning away from the camera and into abstraction as a way to express the strange- ness of my experience. Now, 35 years later, I’m re-visiting and honouring this image, framing it with a fluorescent, celebratory material from my adult life.’ – Jyll Bradley


    Jyll Bradley (b. 1966, Folkestone, UK) lives and works in London. Her acclaimed public realm commissions include The Hop, 2022-23, Hayward Gallery, London; Green/Light (for M.R.), 2014, commissioned for Creative Folkestone Triennial 2014 and Dutch/Light, 2017-18, Turner Contemporary, Margate. These works reference generative structures such as hop gardens and glasshouses, expressing the practical, spiritual and emotional work involved in growing a sense of self, place or community. Recent solo exhibitions and projects also include Within a Budding Grove, Pi Artworks, London 2023; The Hop Square, Frieze Sculpture, London, 2023 and Pardes,  Fruit market, Edinburgh, 2021-22. In 2025 Bradley will have a major survey exhibition Running and Returning at The Box, Plymouth. Bradley’s work is held in numerous national and international private and public collections including the Arts Council Collection; Government Art Collection; the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; the National Library of Australia and Canberra Museum and Gallery.


    Artist Portrait. Photo: Thierry Bal


    • Provenance

      Donated by the artist and and Pi Artworks, London


Self Portrait 1987-2023

photograph in artist's frame
framed 28.5 x 20.5 x 6 cm (11 1/4 x 8 1/8 x 2 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2024.

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£4,000 - 6,000 


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Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon: Charity Online Auction

12 - 19 March 2024