The former Northumberland College student initially developed
on the streets of the North East, before turning his attention
to the canvas as his appreciation of the wider art world
grew. His work blends a graffiti-inspired aesthetic with fine
Jamie, who works seven days a week in his studio at Bamburgh
House, Newcastle, where Northumberland College have a studio, was
also commissioned by Rocnation to spray paint a piano for singer
Emeli Sandé as she prepares to go on tour.
Asymmetric Yellow, a reference to his ongoing quest to balance
two seemingly opposing forces - runs at 5th Base gallery in Heneage
St, London, from October 31 to November 5.
His London exhibition has been supported by patron, Dean Coyle,
whose generosity has funded the solo show.
Jamie said: "The ideology behind my work comes from my
background in graffiti, I consider myself a participant in shaping
the world around me, not a spectator; however, the methods I employ
are very traditional - carefully priming canvases the correct way,
making my own oil paint from pigment, taking care to source the
best possible quality materials available to me."
"I'll then mix that together with spray paint in ways that
create something uniquely new with great vibrancy. Graffiti taught
me that things don't last forever, but in my art I'm looking for
longevity - so again, it's a matter of bringing together those
forces that don't necessarily sit side by side. Some see graffiti
and fine art as things that can't be merged, but the show
represents the culmination of my efforts to join two elements of
art that I have an equal love for."
Since graduating from a BA in fine art at Newcastle University
in 2015, Jamie has exhibited in shows in Newcastle and Bremen,
Jamie added: "I see my art as positivity - positive vibration -
and when I look at a blank canvas or a wall outside, I'm inspired
to turn what I see in my mind into a physical reality. Painting is
very intuitive to me. I don't think too much about it; it just
comes out fluently."
Patrick O'Doherty Head of Head Art Design, IT, Digital,
Business, at Northumberland College said: "It's great to see and
hear of our previous students doing so well. Jamie has an eye for
detail and a clear passion for the Arts. This is a fantastic
experience for him and I am sure we'll be hearing more about him
Northumberland College offer a range of full and part time
courses in art and design. To find out more please visit www.northumberland.ac.uk