Jasper White (b. 1973) investigates spaces synonymous with daily life. Stunningly vibrant, White’s photographs explore environments and belongings common to most people. Each work documents the beauty of these spaces, and the infinite variations found within them: sheds filled with tools, calendars, half empty beer cans, and childhood trophies; lounge chairs in living rooms adorned with mismatched pillows and surrounded by lamps, porcelain animals, and half eaten boxes of cookies.
Working primarily with Lambda prints, a process unparalleled in color saturation, these places are rendered in staggering vividness and clarity. Despite the inherent sense of voyeurism that comes with gazing at pictures of such private spaces, the technical mastery of the photographs, and the staged quality of each scene implies an awareness the space will be viewed.
As a child, the artist and his family moved constantly. The influence of such a nomadic upbringing is clearly manifested in White’s fascination with variations across quotidian spaces, adding a profoundly personal element to the works.
During a trip to Australia, White discovered the local male obsession with sheds. These practical spaces are often treated as male-only sanctuaries and, in some cases, an unofficial local bar. The work on display in gallery nine 5 is drawn from the artist’s Shed series.
The artist’s photographs have appeared in advertisements for the Guardian newspaper, the UKTV channel, HSBC bank, British Midland International Airlines and the British Postal Office, among others.
White has exhibited at the Getty Images Gallery, London and The Print Space, London. He has been awarded various prizes and bursaries, including several AOP Photography awards, an award from the London Photographic Association and the Observer Hodge Photographic Award (in association with Olympus). White’s works reside in various public and private collections.