Jacqui Stockdale is highly regarded for her practice as a painter, drawer and photographer and has been recognised in major awards, prizes and institutional exhibitions. Stockdale’s work is both exuberant and serious. Human figuration and the notion of the portrait are key components in Stockdale’s practice. She creates highly staged, stylised and sometimes surreal photographic portraits and paintings, which have a visually rich and elaborate aesthetic. These works deal with the portrait as an indicator of cultural identity, gender, history and relationship to nature; and human rituals of celebration, spirituality and death.
Stockdale won the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize 2012 and is a past winner of the Belle Arti Prize and the Hutchins Art Prize. She has been a finalist in awards including the Arthur Guy Memorial Prize, Paul Guest Drawing Prize, National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize, Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture and the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. A documentary about Stockdale’s practice, Heart, won Best Documentary at the 2008 Melbourne International Film Festival. In 2014 Stockdale undertook a three month residency in Barcelona as the recipient of an Australia Council Residency.
In 2016 Stockdale was featured in the Adelaide Biennial, Magic Object, and was honoured with a solo survey show at Benalla Art Gallery. In 2013 Stockdale’s photographs were curated into the exhibition, Living Rooms, at the Louvre Museum, Paris and her work was acquired by the National Gallery of Australia. Her work is held in permanent collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Newcastle Art Gallery, Albury Regional Gallery, Benalla Art Gallery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Artbank and the Watermill Foundation Collection, USA.