The theme of home lies at the centre of Newcastle artist Jill Tate’s practice. Through oil painting and architectural photography, she constructs metaphysical representations of home’s meaning and structure in consequence to our personal experiences. Natural, monochromatic earth pigments present throughout her structured environments remind us of the Earth as an origin to which everything is made of and returns to. These philosophical considerations play a crucial role in her ongoing project ‘Degrees of Freedom’. In collaboration with Matthew Pickering, the duo blend together terracotta and concrete, Earth and architecture to form life-sized models showcasing our relationship with the world.
Graduating from Northumbria University in 2005 with a Ba (Hons) in Contemporary Photographic Practice, Tate’s works are held in a multitude of private collections. She holds several awards and residencies, being shortlisted for the 2021 Jacksons Painting Prize and part of the Arts Council Artist Placement Programme in 2006. Selected shows include ‘Animal Party’, Victoria Works, Sheffield (2020), ‘Black and White Christmas’, Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough (2019), ‘The Autumn Exhibition’, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne (2019), ‘Members Show’, Bloc Projects, Sheffield (2019) and ‘Dotty’, Northern Print, Newcastle Upon Tyne (2018).