The White Hart, Kings Walk, Grays, RM17 6HR
12-11.30PM MONDAY-THURSDAY, 12-12AM FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 12-11PM SUNDAY
Jessica K Ballantyne
Born in sunny South Africa, Jessica Ballantyne moved to London in 2009 after graduating with a BA in Fine art from the University of Pretoria.
Working primarily in the medium of oil on canvas, Jessica has, from an early age, been fascinated by the portrayal of subjective feeling and experience, especially in regards to the body. Her work is thus almost always figurative with a focus on the female body.
Jessica Ballantyne is influenced by Surrealism and photography, especially from artists such as Hans Bellmer, Dali, Man Ray, Cindy Sherman and Francesca Woodman among many others.
As a culture we have become accustomed to looking at the female body in a particular way- that of the sexual object. Jessica Ballantyne invites the viewer into a private, psychological space and manipulates the physical body, its portrayal and its meanings too.