Photo credit | Karoline Noerbaek
Jill Tegan Doherty is an artist from Nottingham, England. (b.1983). She completed an art foundation course at the Kingston Institute (2003), in Kingston Upon Thames, then studied Fine Art (Painting) at Camberwell College, and went on to graduate from Chelsea College of Art and Design, both part of the London Institute (2006). She now lives and works in Berlin.
After a successful period living in London, participating in numerous exhibitions, including The Royal Academy’s summer exhibition, Mall Galleries as part of the Society of Women Artists annual exhibition, and the Millennium Gallery in St.Ives, curated by Alice Herrick. Doherty is now infiltrating the German art scene after moving to Berlin in 2011, partaking in exhibitions and art fairs throughout Berlin, Hamburg, Mannheim, Stuttgart and Munich. She has shown internationally in Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
Physical instability surfaces in Doherty’s work through an almost playful act, pronounced by fusing humans and animals in unexpected landscapes. Animals are used as metaphorical masks, uncovering personal and social undercurrents. Doherty grew up surrounded by her father's collection of taxidermy and cabinets of curiosities and is greatly influenced by her hyperreal dreams, forcing questions about the layers of our perceived reality. Walking the line between fantasy, realism and abstraction, the metaphysical, ethereal, conscious, and unconscious states of being, Doherty unites the field of nature with our human nature.
Effortlessly shifting between mediums and materials, Doherty, primarily a painter, also moves into sculpture, installation, performance, drawing and etching. Her work acts as a mirror, encouraging us to look deeper inside ourselves, and a catalyst for our imaginations to soar.