Acclaimed artist to showcase cutting-edge digital works in Rugby - The Rugby Observer

Acclaimed artist to showcase cutting-edge digital works in Rugby

AN ACCLAIMED digital artist who is paralysed from the neck down is bringing his latest exhibition to Rugby Art Gallery and Museum later this month.

Jason Wilsher-Mills’ exhibition Jason and His Argonauts features a collection of cutting-edge digital art, including three-dimensional prints, lightbox installations, sculptures, floor coverings and wallpaper.

His bold and brightly coloured pieces explore his disability, his working-class roots growing up in Wakefield, and popular culture from his childhood in the 1970s – a distinct artistic aesthetic he has dubbed ‘I, Daniel Blake meets The Beano’.

Jason was paralysed from the neck down after contracting chickenpox at the age of 11, and was later diagnosed with polyneuropathy and chronic fatigue syndrome – diseases which impact mobility and the body’s immune system.




After studying fine art at Cardiff University, he initially questioned the validity of creating art digitally, but quickly came to embrace the power of the pixel after purchasing an Apple iPad more than a decade ago.

Free from the constraints of canvas, Wilsher-Mills has now expanded his artistic palette to include digital media – even embedding hidden digital content in his work.


Wilsher-Mills won the prestigious Adam Reynolds Award in 2020 and has produced commissions for the Houses of Parliament, ITV and Sky Arts.

His works have been exhibited at V&A Late, Tate Exchange at Tate Modern, and London’s Liberty Festival.

Katie Boyce, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s senior exhibitions and programming officer, said: “Jason has embraced the freedoms of the digital world and his distinctive, brightly-coloured pieces have a childlike, cartoonish quality, through which he explores his own experiences of disability and the experiences of others.

“Since winning the Adam Reynolds Award, interest in his work has rocketed, so we’re looking forward to welcoming both Jason and his Argonauts to Rugby for our new exhibition.”

Jason and His Argonauts, a 2021 Visual Arts Centre touring exhibition, opens at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on Saturday June 22 and runs until September 7.

Visit www.ragm.co.uk for more information about exhibitions and events at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.

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