Jay Burridge

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Jay Jay Burridge[1] also known as Jay Burridge (born 12 January 1971) is an artist and former television presenter. He fronted the BBC children's art programme SMart from 1994 until 2003, when he left and became a graphic designer and snowboard inventor. He was a close friend of colleague Mark Speight.

Career[edit]

He graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with a degree in art, and in 1994 auditioned for the role as a presenter on the BBC children's art programme SMart.[2] At his interview he met Mark Speight, and the two soon formed a strong friendship. Burridge and Speight were given the jobs of presenting SMart alongside Zoë Ball. Ball left, and was replaced by Josie d'Arby who was then replaced by Kirsten O'Brien and Lizi Botham in 1999. Together with O'Brien and Botham they fronted the SMart spin-off shows SMart on the Road and SMarteenies,[2] as well as appearing at many other art-related events.[3]

Together, Burridge and Speight created all of the art projects for each episode of SMart at Burridge's West London art studio. He noted: "We would bounce ideas and jokes off each other all day until we had developed an almost telepathically linked knowledge of what made each other laugh."[2]

Burridge left SMart in 2003, feeling he had "outgrown [his] role as a children's TV presenter," and wanted to move "out of the limelight". He worked as a commercial artist before becoming a producer for a TV company,[2] as well as working as a graphic designer and snowboard inventor.[4] He is the founder of the design company Laughing Boy[5] and Lucky Seven, a hat company which specialises in crested baseball caps emblazoned with the logos of fictional companies from TV shows and films. The caps have been worn by people including Madonna and David LaChapelle.[1][5][6]

Burridge directed the music video for the song "Inspired By" by The Brightlights and was art director on Hot Chip's "Boy from School" video, for which he won a Cads Music Vision Award.[7][8] He also designed several large denim butterflies, which went on display on the streets of London, as part of an advertising campaign for Levi Strauss & Co.'s "Live Unbuttoned" 501 jeans.[5] When Superstars Ruled the World, an exhibition by Burridge about dinosaurs, opened in 2010 at the Lazarides Gallery in Beverly Hills.[9] In 2011, Burridge's piece, a full-sized unassembled airfix model of Ayrton Senna's McLaren MP4/6 Formula One car, sold at auction for €187,000. The piece had been on show at the "Remembering Ayrton Senna" exhibition.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Burridge is married.[2] He was close friends with Speight and the two formed an "on- and off-screen double act" and regularly attended the Regency Rooms comedy nights together.[2] Following the death of Speight's fiancée Natasha Collins in January 2008, Burridge met up with him on several occasions and "tried to get him to see that the worst was over", although he realised that Speight "might not be able to keep going". Burridge spoke to Speight on 7 April 2008 and arranged to meet up with him later in the day. Speight, however, disappeared and committed suicide later that day.[12] Burridge had helped police try to locate Speight, and was informed of his death on 13 April.[2] He attended Speight's funeral on 28 April.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Louise Roe (31 October 2007). "Madonna gets lucky". Vogue. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Burridge, Jay (18 April 2008). "Mark and me". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  3. ^ "TV presenter Jay is a big draw with art fans at store". Wiltshire County Publications. 8 August 2000. 
  4. ^ Kate Worsley (6 October 2002). "Living Review Design: We can make it". Independent on Sunday. 
  5. ^ a b c "Live Unbuttoned. Levi's 501". Dazed Digital. Archived from the original on 14 March 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  6. ^ "All About Lucky Seven". Lucky Seven. Archived from the original on 15 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  7. ^ "The Brightlights release debut". Music News. 1 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  8. ^ "Partizan and Polydor win big at Cads 2007". Music Week. 28 June 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  9. ^ Joy Yoon (10 August 2010). "Jay Jay Burridge Brings Dinosaurs to Life With a Little Foam and Tape". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  10. ^ Hurst, Graeme (16 August 2011). "Senna inspired F1 sculpture sells for mega money". Classic & Sports Car. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  11. ^ Dobie, Stephen (August 2011). "Senna McLaren artwork at Nurburgring Auction". Evo. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  12. ^ Cable, Amanda (4 October 2008). "Drugs, death and despair: How death of TV presenter Mark Speight's fiancee sparked a spiral of tragedy". Mail on Sunday. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  13. ^ "Funeral for tragic TV star Mark". Express and Star. 28 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 

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