Jamie Preisz is an Australian artist based in Sydney, Australia. Preisz is recognised for his modern oil-based portraits, and most recently a series of painted hands from his debut exhibition with the gallery, ‘Hold On’.
'Hold On' included a series of portraits each depicting only the sitters hand. Like his previous work, these paintings draw upon the visual memories from his life, in this case Preisz's interpersonal relationships. Each hand dripping in paint, some holding symbolic objects others grasping vivid floral bouquets. In the artists' own words, "this series originally began as an interesting take on a portrait. They are hands of some of my favourite artists, friends and mentors. Over time the work evolved into a love letter to the people who spoke honestly or deeply to me while I tried to deal with the grief of losing my sister.'
Jamie Preisz was born in Sydney, Australia in 1990. His exhibitions include 'Unrealistic', COMMUNE, Sydney (2017); 'Yalkuna', Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2017); ‘Sleep Alone’, Espace quinzequinze, Paris (2014); ‘Tomorrow never knows’, Platform, Sydney (2013); Eternity (with Martin Sharp), Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney (2013). His recent prizes include, Winner, The Archibald Prize Packing Room Prize (2018); Winner, Peoples Choice Prospect Portrait Prize (2017); Winner, DP World Emerging Artist Prize (2017); Finalist, The Mosman Art Prize (2017); Finalist, The Moran Prize (2017); Finalist, The Waverly Art Prize (2017). The artists' work is in the following collections, Cowra Regional Art Gallery and City of Sydney Art Collection. The artist currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia.
Jerico Contemporary presented Jamie Preisz's debut solo exhibition with the gallery, ‘Hold On’. The show opened on October 25th, and continue through November 17th, 2018.
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