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. Specialising in oil painting, Ballantyne creates art in a variety of mediums (such as collage, spray-paint and graphite) which all revolve around the main subject matter and passion of her work: The female body.

Jessica Ballantyne 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 and transcendent experience.

Influenced by Surrealism and photography, Ballantyne creates bodies that are naked, unusual and autonomous. She combines her experience with philosophical, psychological and academic ideas about subjectivity and sexuality, with spiritual concepts like mindfulness, meditation and self-observation.

As a culture we have become accustomed to looking at the female body in a particular way- that of the sexual object. I try to show a subjectivity, a presence, beneath the skin

"As humans we have been bombarded with imagery of women. Unfortunately many of these images teach us to constantly view ourselves from the outside, as bodies and objects without subjectivity and presence. I rebel against this limiting portrayal of women and invite the viewer into a private, psychological space where I manipulate the physical body to speak about presence, transcending the ego and letting go of attachments to the body and mind." Jessica Ballantyne


List of Past Exhibitions


2009- Untitled, Magpie Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

2010- Untitled, Artloco Gallery, Ticehurst, East Sussex

2010-Showcase, Café 1001, Brick Lane, Aldgate east, London

2013-Pink, Cultivate gallery, Bethnal Green, London

2013- Erotic art, Artstyle Gallery, Orpington, London

2014- Cultivate Evolved, Cultivate Gallery, Vyner Street, London

2014- The Affordable Art exhibition Vol X, Vibe Gallery, Bermondsey, London

2014- Art Car Boot Fair, Brick Lane, Aldgate East, London

2014- Open Studios, Second Floor studios and Arts, Woolwich, London

2014- Acme Artists, High House Production Park, Purfleet, Essex

2015- The Tunnel: Nostalghia, Art Hub Gallery, Deptford Bridge, London

2015- The Tunnel: The Outsider, 5th base gallery, Aldgate East, London

2015- Sweet ‘Art: Punch, Espacio Gallery,  Bethnal Green, London

2015- The Tunnel: The Metamorphosis, Bow Arts Project Space, Bow, London

2015- Sweet ‘Art: Don’t Look Now, I’klectic Art Lab, Archbishop's park, London

2015- Metal: Village Beach Festival, Grays Beach Riverside Park, Thurrock

2015- Thames Delta Paint Off, Thames Theatre, Grays, Thurrock

2015- The Tunnel: Bang!, Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton, London

2015- High House Production Park Christmas Fayre, Purfleet, Thurrock

2016- Elles in Rogue: XX Protagonists, Artworks Elephant, Elephant and Castle, London

2016- The Tunnel: Interzone, Geddes Gallery, Kings Cross, London

2016- Art on a Boat, Peagreen, The Floating showroom, Regents Canal, London

2016- The Tunnel: Hunger, Republic Gallery, Tower Hamlets, London

2016- Thurrock Art Trail, The Bell, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex .

2016- Tribe16, The Ugly Duck, London.

2016- Kiber Eden (Cyber Paradise), MMG Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

2016- Kiber Eden (Cyber Paradise), MamU Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

2017- The Tunnel, Waterstones, Bloomsbury, London

2017- The Tunnel: Mercerism, The Crypt Gallery, Euston Road, London

2017- ArtCan: Appearance Of, A&D Gallery, Marylebone, London

2017- The Tunnel: Greetings From A Dead Man, Safe House Gallery, Peckham Rye, London

2017- Angel Christmas Fair, Candid Galleries, Torrens Street, London

2017- Thurrock Art Trail, The White Hart, Grays, Thurrock

2017- Labirintus, International Art Camp, Block Art, Mamü Galley, Budapest, Hungary

2017- Labirintus, International Art Camp, Block Art, MMG Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

2018- ArtCan : 44 Art Works, Hallam Conference Centre, Marylebone, London

2018- The Tunnel: Labyrinths, Hundred Years Gallery