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Jacob Littlejohn

Jacob Littlejohn
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My practice explores the realm of human behaviour. I use the theatre as a metaphorical framework to explore the ways humans interact with one another and what they choose to present of themselves. My process evolves round a profound interest in medium, technique, composition and colour.

Through the abstraction of everyday objects, theatrical props and the environments in which they are found, my work attempts to push the viewer to reconsider the original properties of such objects and the environments in which they inhabit, so that they become at once a spectator and a performer within the work.

My work touches on abstract expressionism and the theatricality found in experiencing and unveiling of works of art. Through continual re-working intervals of space, colour forms of distorted shapes, perspective and the exploration of heightening effects all contribute to the dramaturgy of inanimate but expressive subject matter, which configure as several central motifs within the work. This allows exploration of physical and metaphorical barriers that either protect or expose intimate emotions and ideologies.

While the inception of my work begins with my own exploration of the tension between the hidden and the revealed, the experience of the audience is wholly wrapped up in my process of creating. My practice aims to trigger the sublime. It is deeply dependent on the ontological experience.


KCAW Youth Division x Vardaxoglou Prize Winner, Selected for solo exhibition in 2019, as part of the Kensington and Chelsea Art Weekend 2019.


Delphian Gallery Open Call 2019

HIX Award Finalist, HIX Art Gallery


Structured Graduate Residency, Leith School of Art, 2019-2020





The Art Guide, Homes and Interiors Scotland, Issue 122, 11&12/18 Edition

Selected for Saatchi Gallery’s Annual Report of Emerging Artist’s, 09/18


Selected for Friend of The Artist Vol.7 edition, 10/18

Solo Exhibitions


Paper works, Arusha Gallery, 13A Dundas Street, Edinburgh, 5/05 – 31/05


The Presentation of Self, Arusha Gallery, 13A Dundas Street Edinburgh, 1909 – 28/09

Communication Out of Character, 24 Hour Window, The 13th Note, King Street, Glasgow, 29/07– 29/08


Jacob Littlejohn Solo Show, Aberdeen, No.8 creative, Curated Stories Studio, 54 Claremont Street, Aberdeen, 14/9-21/09

Group Exhibitions


30 x 30 Online Edition, SSA Open Call, Online show, 27/11 – 20/12

Love in the Time of COVID, The Alchemy Experiment, 157 Byres Road, Glasgow, 30/10 – 30/11

For Scott & Kev, Group Pop up – Lockdown Show, Ltd Ink Corporation, Edinburgh, 12/06

On the Table, Marram Arts, Online Show 22/05 – 01/09

Open Window, Square Gallery, Online Show, 02/04 – 16/05

Above the Belt, Circus Art Space, Inverness, 24/01 - 02/02

London Art Fair 2020, with Arusha Gallery, Business Design Centre, London, 22/01 – 26/01

Borders Art Fair, Visual Arts Scotland, Borders Events Centre, Springwood Park, Kelso, Scotland, 13/03 – 15/03


SSA | VAS Open 2019, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 22/12 - 30/01/20

Little Originals, Dock Street Studios, 7th – 28th Dec

HIX Art Award, HIX Gallery, 32 Riving St, EC2A 3LX, London, 14th Sep – 10th Nov

Open call 2019, Delphian Gallery, The Print Space, London, 28/03-9/04

Shortlisted for BEERS