jay rechsteiner

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artist statement & curriculum vitae

I was born in 1971 in Basel, Switzerland, and educated in Switzerland, Japan, and the UK. Now living and working in Margate, UK, my work spans various media, including painting, drawing, film, sound, and performance. My focus is on two series: Bad Painting and All About You.

Bad Painting features faux-naïf style artworks addressing real human atrocities, with text sourced from various headlines. Each piece combines bold brushstrokes with descriptive text to capture contemporary societal shifts.

All About You examines the complexities of the modern mind in the age of social media, touching on themes like spiritual healing and affirmations. Using materials like printing paper and masking tape, it highlights the temporary nature of material things versus the enduring power of ideas. Including self-portraits adds a personal layer, showing the human connection between the art and the artist.

My goal is to create thought-provoking works that resonate on both intellectual and emotional levels.



Winner of The Alpine Fellowship Visual Arts Prize 2024

Anthology 2017 finalists, Charlie Smith Gallery, London, UK, http://charliesmithlondon.com/anthology-2017-2/

shortlisted for 34. Fukuoka-City Art Exhibition, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka-City, Japan, 2000



Exhibitions & projects

Solo shows

2012 JAY GUN - The Most Dangerous Man on the Planet, WW Gallery

2004 Glatzen leben, Schmaler Wurf, Basel, Switzerland

2003 Sushi concenpt speaks Portuguese in kunstschlachthalle Jay Rechsteiner, the contemporay art gallery Ben Rubin Sharif (Arté Wallhof), Switzerland

2003 Autobahn Kreuzkopf, Retirement Home Johanniter, Basel-city, Switzerland

2002 COM I.C.-BOX 102: Kings, Hookers and a Parasite, restaurant Parterre, Basel-City, Switzerland

2000 Jay Rechsteiner Exhibition: Polymorphic Mud, Saibu Gas Gallery (Canal City), Fukuoka-City

2000 Jay Rechsteiner Exhibition: Polymorphic Masturbation, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka-City, Japan

2000 Jay Rechsteiner Exhibition: Polymorphic Decay in Culture, Do Plan Gallery, Fukuoka-City, Japan

1999 Rechsteiner Jay Exhbition: Tohuwabohu - The Big Mess, Solo Show, Charlie's Art Market, Fukuoka-City, Japan


Jay Rechsteiner, studio in Margate, March 2017
Margate studio 2017

Group shows

7. - 22 April 2023 DIKTAT : DAS BÖSE curated by Peter Schlangenbader Atelierhof Kreuzberg / Verein Kunst in Kreuzberg e.V., Schleiermacher Str. 31-37, 10961 Berlin, Germany

24 Sep - 16 Oct 2022 Aktionale IV 2022: Das nackte Sein, Haus der Künstler, Verein Berliner Künstler, Schöneberger Ufer 57, 10785 Berlin Tiergarten-Mitte, Germany, https://aktionale.wordpress.com/kunstlerinnen-der-aktionale-iv/

23 Sep - 2 Oct 2022 A Perfect Day, NDSM, The Netherlands https://aperfectday.amsterdam/

23 Oc 2021 - 20 Feb 2022 Turner Contemporary Open at Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK

5 September - 10 October 2020, extended until 19 December 2020 Unleashed Speed Unleashed Speech(MISFITS) curated by Stefan Brüggemann, inlcuding: Oriol Vilanova, Jay Rechsteiner, Gardar Eide Einarsson, and Stefan Brüggemann at Kotaro Nukaga Gallery, Tokyo more info: https://www.kotaronukaga.com/en/projects/unleashed-speed-unleashed-speechmisfits-en/

1 - 15 December 2020 Global Conversations round 2, The United Nations' UN75, F.99 and IKONOSPACE return with a new partner Google Arts & Culture.
Works selected by Gilléad-Gaari Mziray, Curated by Deirdre Darden, https://www.f-99.org/globalconversation

15 - 30 September 2020 Global Conversation, virtuall  collaborative exhibition curated by Gilléad-Gaari Mziray and Ikono Space, United Nations, UN75. (https://www.f-99.org/ and https://un75.online/

22 May - 22 Aug 2020 I Might Be Staring at Infinity (or the backs of my own eyelids) at Yarat Contemporary Art Space, Bayil District (National Flag Square), Baku, Azerbaijan, AZ1003- virtual ARTIM Project Space located on a spaceship that crosses the universe click HERE for exhibition info

9 January 2020 Civil Disobedience: residente o visitante at Romantso Gallery, Athens. - more INFO

Sep 2019 - Jan 2020 A conversation in my head while examining the very existence of house plants: A radio play installation at 101 Social Club & Turner Contemporary, Margate UK, part of Margate Now- more INFO

30 Nov - 21 Dec 2019 Christmas Exhibition at Galerie Wolfsen, Titheladen 6, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark http://galeriewolfsen.dk/juleudstilling-2019.aspx

21 - 31 March 2019, Bad Video Art Festival III, Zverev Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow, строение 4, Novoryazanskaya Ulitsa, 29 строение 4, Moscow, Russia, 105066

14 September - 31 October 2018, Rechsteiner and Reynolds & Rose curated by Alsyon Hunter, Eaton Hill Gallery, 6 Eaton Hill Margate, UK

2018 Crate conversations August, responding to 'Mapping Margate' exhibition at Crate, Thursday 30 August 2018, 6pm - 9pm, Crate Project space, Margate, Uk

2018 The Sex Show, Thu, 12 July - 15 July 2015 atThe Viking Gallery, Cliftonville Avenue, CT9 2AH Margate, UK

2018 Domino -Crate converstion, Monday 23 July, 6pm - 9pm, Crate Project space, Margate, Uk

2018 Pass it on - A Crate conversationst, Sunday, 24 June 2018, 6pm - 9pm, Crate Project space, Margate: Jo Murray, Dipesh Pandya, Jay Rechsteiner, Heather Tait, Sara Trillo

2018 At the Violet Hour, curated by Chiara Contemporary Art & Shaun Stamp, Nayland Rock Hotel, Margate, UK info: http://www.chiarawilliams.com/at-the-violet-hour.html

2017 Performance of Dada poetry with Tracey Thompson, Emile Sercombe, Dan Thompson & Jay Rechsteiner
Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK https://www.facebook.com/events/2025674237670027/

2017 Homopromo, 5 December 2017, organized & curated by ARTIQ & James Kemp, Herman Miller's central London offices, UK

2017 Piece@thePie14 - 20 September 2017, Pie Factory, Margate, UK -> IT'S JUST NICE TO BE EXHIBITED.

2017 The ships are always there, Chiara Williams Contemporary Art, Crate Space, Margate, UK http://www.chiarawilliams.com/ships.html

2017 Anthology 2017 finalists, Charlie Smith Gallery, London, UK, http://charliesmithlondon.com/anthology-2017-2/

2017 Littoral Light II 28 July 9pm - 10:30pm, Article 10, organized & curated by Sue Fletcher & Aidan Gray, Ramsgate, UK: http://jayrechsteiner.com/its_my_art_now.htm#littorallight http://jayrechsteiner.com/the_blue_room.html http://ramsgatefestival.org/event/littoral-light-ii/

2017 Afternoon Tea 8 - 16 July 2017, Chiara Williams Contemporary Art, part of Margate Festival 2017, Margate, UK, http://www.chiarawilliams.com/afternoon-tea.html

2017 Bad Video Art Festival from March 23 to April 2, 201, A3 Gallery, Moscow, Russia, http://www.badvideoart.com

2016 Let's make the world a better place, curated by Infinity Bunce & Sarah Jeffries, Cello Factory, London

2015 Oli Bennett Secret Cards, Westminster School, London, UK

2015 FIGUR|E|ATION., GalleryEll

2014 Werke sind Wesen - Les hirondelles sont le Printemps, Villa Renata, Basel, Switzerland

2013 Together, Occupy My Time Gallery, London

2012 Spare Parts 2012, The Rag Factory, London

2012 How to Make a Monster, High Voltage Lab, Markthalle, Basel, Switzerland

2012 Grand Cru High Voltage Gallery, Markthalle, Viaduktstrasse 10, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

2012 BYOP London at Moving Image- an art fair of Contemporary Video Art, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, UK

2011 Islington Exhibits, London, UK

2006 Now or Neverland, the Residence Gallery, London , UK

2004 Tennis Club St. George, Surry, Weybridge, UK

2004 Switch-London 50/500, organised by switch-london.com

2004 Leonards EC1, organised by mesto.co.uk, London, UK

2004 Arundell Trust, St. Ethelsburga's, London, UK

2003 Regionale 2013 Projectraum 54, Basel-City, Switzerland

2003 Art Lounge, Nordstern, Basel-City, Switzerland

2000 participation at Tang Da Wu - My Life Project, Art project at the Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka-City, Japan

2000 Culture Crash I, II & III, Group exhibition in three different galleries: Arcos, Amikasu Gallery & Saibu Gas Gallery, Fukuoka-City

2000 34. Fukuoka-City Art Exhibition, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka-City, Japan

1999 Artistic X'mas, Group show at Charlie's Art Market, Fukuoka-City, Japan


The Red Van

joint research project with Chiara Williams Contemporary Art
more info: http://redvan.weebly.com/
2015 road trip: mobile home, mobile studio, mobile gallery


02 April 2016: The Red Van London Pit Stop, WW Contemporary Art HQ, London

17 March 2016: in front of Roxy Bar, Castellammare del Golfo TP, Sicily

10 August 2015: The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon

09 August 2015: very short pop-up show in the car parks of MAM St Etienne

05 August 2015: St Angel, Haute Corrèze



A series of interactive work that engages with social media
Art Basel, Switzlerland

The Washroom Projects

2005 - 2006: various site-specifi projetcts
more info: http://jayrechsteiner.com/theWashroomProjects.htm

2006: Whitechapel Gallery

2006: Whitechapel Gallery

2005: the Foundry

2005: the Foundry

2005: the Foundry

2005: Paddington Station

2005: Paddington Station

2005: Notting Hill Arts Club

2005: Liverpool Street Station

2005: Kings Cross

2005: Hackney Town Hall Square (as part of Hackney Empire's Spice Festival)

2005: Hackney Empire

2005: Gallery 291

2005: Filthy McNasty's

2005: Angel Station


joint project with Eunji Kim
more info: http://www.zeitraum.co.uk/zeitraum/index.htm

2007 Saatchi & Saatchi, London, UK, organised by CULT-GEIST www.cultgeist.com

2006 Whitechapel Gallery

2006 Whitechapel Gallery


The Washroom Talks

more info: http://www.zeitraum.co.uk/zeitraum/storage.htm

2007 Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

2007 Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

2007 gallery:space in Finsbury Park, London, UK

2007 Hackney Empire Theatre, London, UK

2007 Hackney Empire Theatre's Marie Lloyd Bar, London, UK

Sardine & Tobleroni (group & solo shows)

joint project with Victor 'Torpedo' Sliveira

2015 We Love 77, Laboratório das Artes, Largo do Toural, Edifício do Café Milenário, 4810 Guimarães, Portugal

2015 We Love 77, Edificio Montepio,Porto, Portual part of Keep it simple, keep it fast)

2014 We Love 77, Museu Bernardo, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal

2013 We Love 77, Rabiscuits Arte Experimental: 02 Aug 2013

2012 Espelho Meu, Mercado Negro, Aveira, Portugal

2011 We Love 77 incl. series of Punk concerts at States Club, Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra, Portugal

2011 Summer Kamp - online project

2011 Regional 12, FABRIKculture, 60, rue de Bâle, 68220 Hégenheim, France

2011 CrossBreeding - Solo Show, organized by Cameleon, Casa das Artes, Coimbra, Portugal

2011 Sensations - online project

2011 Afternoon Tea, WW Gallery, 54th Venice Biennale, Italy

2011 London Art Fair, WW Gallery

2010 Pot Shots, WW Gallery, London

2010 We Love 77, WW Gallery's pop-up venue at the Merchant's Hall, London

2010 Hackney Wicked: Solo Show, London

2010 Grandola, Biblioteca, Portugal

2010 Drink & Dial, WW Gallery

2009 Travelling Light, 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy

2009 Travelling Light , WW Gallery

2009 Parental Guidance, WW Gallery, London

2009 Espelho Meu, Academico Gil Vicente & Salão Brasil, Coimbra, Portugal

2008 The Charity Shop, Gallery 5, Notting Hill, London, UK

2008 Red Meat, the Others, London, UK

2008 Espelho Meu, Santiago Alquimista, Lisbon, Portugal

2008 Espelho Meu, Plano B , Porto, Portugal

2008 Espelho Meu, Braço de Prata Factory, Lisbon, Portugal

2007 Dorian Gray II Happy Days, John Jones, London, UK

Art fairs & festivals

2011 Afternoon Tea, WW Gallery, 54th Venice Biennale, Italy

2011 London Art Fair, WW Gallery

2009 Travelling Light, 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy

2000 Art Festa Fukuoka 2000, Art festival in Fukuoka-City, Japan

1999 Art Ralley Kurume '99, live painting, Kurume, Japan




2015 The Red Van travelling research residency (from 12 July), Europe: www.redvan.weebly.com

2015 The Red Van had a week-long residency (29 July - 6 August) at ID Projects, St Angel, Haute Correze, courtesy artists Phil Ilingworth and Natalie Dowse.

2012 monoloqueArt at La maison du comédien, Domaine de la Vergne, 16490 Alloue - France



The Thing Outside, Cello Factory, London, 2016





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