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Brendan Jamison - Sweet Smell of Success

Friday 24th May 2013 at 3pm

Video: Northern Ireland artist Brendan Jamison is one of the world's leading contemporary sculptors

Brendan Jamison is carving quite a name for himself as a young Northern Ireland sculptor to watch, following commissions to build large-scale sugar cube constructions of Tate Modern and No.10 Downing Street.

Brendan Jamison is renowned for his imaginative projects and ingenious use of materials, notably a bright yellow woollen helicopter that was exhibited at the Katzen Arts Centre in Washington in 2007. In 2010 he was commissioned to construct a two-metre-wide model of the Tate Modern building as part of the London Festival of Architecture, using 71,908 sugar cubes. This sculpture was then displayed at Sotheby’s on Bond Street, London.

In 2012, following similar sugar cube sculptures of Bangor Castle Town Hall, Belfast City Hall and The Reichstag, he was commissioned to create a sugar sculpture of No.10 Downing Street, to be exhibited inside London’s (second) most famous residence. This work, depicting the famous black front door, intricately carved from over 5,000 sugar cubes and complete with doorbell, knocker and letterbox, formed part of an exhibition of contemporary art and craft by eight UK artists. Brendan was the only Northern Ireland artist featured in the exhibition, which was seen by visiting dignitaries from around the world.

Having returned from China where he exhibited in March 2013 alongside prominent artists from China, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as part of the Irish Wave festival in Beijing and Shanghai, Brendan Jamison is currently working on a solo exhibition at Berlin’s WerkStadt in September 2013. The exhibition is the result of a year-long project marking the 50th anniversary of the Teufelsberg Field Station Berlin, a secret listening station built during the Cold War era, and features drawing, collage, sculpture and photography.

This rapidly rising Belfast-based artist has been supported throughout his career by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. His work is now housed in many public and private colletions around the world. He is represented in Northern Ireland by the Golden Thread Gallery.