About the Artist - Jason Wilsher-Mills
My name is Jason Wilsher-Mills and I am a digital artist, who uses an ipad to create digital paintings, which are then printed out on high quality handmade water colour paper.
Through my paintings I create images which are a direct reaction to my illness and disability. I detail my life as a disabled person, using images which are often provocative but humorous.
I create 'other selves' and place this character in theatrical costumes and settings, which serve as a means to challenge my disability, so that it does not master me. Through the use of this 'theatrical artifice' I create new biographies, which I can then explore.
I have recently exhibited at galleries in both San Francisco & Cork Street, London, where I won a prize for my work.
Next year I will be working with Wakefield Trinity WIldcats RLFC as their artist in residence, on an ambitious 12 month project, which will see some incredibly and innovative new art being made in the area, which will create a culture of creativity and a long standing legacy for the cultural identity of the club.
I am presently working with the Arts Council to write a bid which will provide much of the funding, along with local charities and organisations.
I will also be exhibiting at the National Centre of Craft & Design, in a group exhibition which will be on between July & September.
Please feel free to look at my online gallery at Flickr, which gives some back ground as to what each piece of work is about.
The link for my flickr site is -
Foundation Art & Design Diploma – Wakefield College – Sep 1988 – Jul 1989
B.A(Hons) Fine Art Degree – Cardiff Institute of HE – Sep 1988 – Jul 1992
PGCE (Post-16) Teaching Certificate - Huddersfield University - Sep 1994 - Jul 1996
Chapter Art Centre – Cardiff – Jul 1990
Young Contemporaries – Wakefield College Art Gallery – 1991
Cardiff 1992 Graduates - Ebbw Vale Garden Festival – 1992
Trio – Wakefield Art Gallery – 1994
Rutland Mills Arts Space Exhibition – Wakefield – October 1995
Staff Art Show – Wakefield College – 1997
Boston College Staff Art Show – Horncastle Gallery – 2003
I Love Leeds Art Festival – Greasy Spoon Residency - Noo Cafe Armley – June 2011
Cork Street Open Exhibition 2011 – Cork Street Gallery, London– August 2011
In Vitro Gallery – Lincoln – April 2011
Autodesk Digital Canvas – San Francisco, USA – May 2011
Art wave Gallery – Lewes – August 2011
Art Walk – Wakefield Art House – Nov 2011
SHAPE Arts - Portobello Gallery, London - April 2012
National Centre for Craft & Design - July-Sep - 2012 (Arts Council England Funded)
Culture Cloud Finalist Show - New Art Exchange - Nottingham - Jul-Sep 2012
'Our Digital Planet' Nominet Trust/Wecommunic8 Ltd - Touring UK August - October 2012
Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, North Wales – Lecture Oct 1995
Leeds College of Art & Design – Lecture Oct 1995
Wakefield College/Rutland Arts Mills – Lecture/Studio Practice Nov 1995
Head of Creative Skills – City College Manchester – Mar 1995–Sep 2003
Curriculum Manager for Art, Media, Performing Arts & Music – Boston College - Sep 2003-Sep2006
The Art House Residency – The Art House – November 2011
National Centre for Craft & Design 'What if...' iPad Art Workshops (ACE funded)
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats RLFC - Artist Residency 2012-13 Super League Season (ACE funded)