James Ostrer

Born in 1979 - United Kingdom


James Ostrer lives and works in London. He studied at the Royal College of Art, before becoming a set designer at the English National Ballet. After some scenery fell on him causing a back injury, he turned to photography. His portrait of interior designer Nicky Haslam sitting in Lucien Freud’s chair hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. Most of his work is “self-help therapy”, though, focusing on addiction and family.

James Ostrer’s work often tests the limits of the body politics in the ever evolving analysis of the western body, sexuality, and society. In 2009, Ostrer staged “Customer Container”, an installation in which the artist used photographs of himself taken by six different prostitutes under which the only condition was that they order him to perform as they wished. In 2011, his portrait of Nicky Haslam in Lucien Freud’s chair was chosen for the Taylor Wessing exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

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2014, Wotsit All About - Gazelli Art House Ltd, London
2013, Beast in the Beauty, Victoria House, London
2012, The Romance Of Perfection, Merchant Archive, London Sep – Dic
2010, The Journey, Vienna-Heldenplatz, February
2010, The Hague – Plein, October
2009, New York - Washington Place, November
2009, Madrid – Retiro Park, December
2009, Death, Sex and Rebirth, Coco de Mere Gallery, London


2010 - 201, Nicky Haslam, Curator’s Choice, Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London

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