Jackson graduated with BA (Hons) in Fine Art Sculpture from the Chelsea College of Art and Design as an adult student. Here she established herself as an abstract painter with a difference, completing a small number of critically acclaimed works. Soon after, in 1997, her graduation piece, Crucifix, was the first exhibit at A Gallery, and was priced at £1,500 (five years later valued at ten times that amount). Jackson went on to gain her MA in Fine Art Photography from the Royal College of Art, London.
She became notorious in England in 1999 for producing black-and-white photographs including images that apparently showed Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed with a mixed-racelove child. The photographs were part of her graduation series entitled Mental Images. She has gone on to produce similarly obscured photos and films of celebrity look-alikes in surprising, shocking or strange situations, portraying them, as she has described it, 'depicting our suspicions'.
With reference to Alison Jackson's iconic image of Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed with a mixed race love child, Jackson says, "I started making work about Diana as a national icon at the time of her death. Millions mourned her through her image. Most of them did not know her in person; they only "knew" her through photos, TV etc. I thought I would make images of her, using a lookalike, to explore our perception of her and our fantasies about her love life."
Alison Jackson was the artist behind BBC Two's series Doubletake, for which she won a BAFTA. She has recently depicted George W. Bush and Tony Blair lookalikes in a series of 'behind the facade' scenes, and has produced a film devoted to the latter which coincided with his exit from office entitled Blaired Vision, shown on Channel 4 on 26 June 2007. On 1 April 2011 the artist launched a new online celebrity news site in conjunction with the launch of her third book 'Up The Aisle', 300 images of her take on the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Her numerous replicas of the couple in various positions and settings are on display at London's Ben Brown Gallery. Alison is also developing a new series for American television.
- Name: Alison Jackson
- Country: GB
- Website: http://www.alisonjackson.com/
- Discipline: PHOTOGRAPHER