Jerome Dobinson

Exhibition: Out of Nowhere

Jerome grew up in Melbourne after migrating to Australia in 1978. He has been working as a visual artist and designer since graduating from RMIT University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in visual communication and design.

As a young graduate he worked as an art director for various advertising agencies where he was afforded the opportunity to work on high profile accounts such as Honda, BMW, Fairfax, Fosters Group, Murray Gouldburn, Racing Victoria and Dulux Paints.

In 1999 Jerome became creatively restless with the corporate world. After traveling through Asia, he returned to Melbourne and set up an independent design studio that has evolved into a platform for creative exploration and experimentation. In 2007 he relocated to Tasmania with T3D co-creator and artistic collaborator Amanda Kay. Where they continue to explore those creative possibilities that arise when contemporary technologies meet with traditional arts practices such as painting, drawing and sculpture.

Specialising in public art installation, contemporary art, identity branding and graphic design. The studio’s workflow is divided equally between commercial and self initiated projects. Servicing a wide range of clients from Government departments, organisations and commercial businesses helps to finance and inform creative projects. Where freedom and inspiration take precedence over the usual parameters associated with commercial work.

In 2011 & 2012 the studio was exhibited as a finalist in the Tasmanian Design Awards for their work on recycled and up-cycled products which were sold in many major gallery shops throughout Australia such as the MCA, The Art Gallery of NSW and MONA.

Jerome’s deepest passions lie in painting, drawing and design. His style and subject matter are heavily influenced by computer technologies and processes not normally associated with the act of making art and serve as a vehicle to explore the role of painting and fine art in contemporary culture.

A recent example of this can be seen in a work titled ‘Medusa’ was selected as a finalist in the 2017 Kilgour Art Prize and makes up part of a series of ongoing bitmap paintings. Using pixelation to depict a life-size female nude, the work raises issues related to gender whilst challenging the role of traditional figurative painting in todays society.