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Jay Jopling
Jeremy Michael Jopling

June 1963 (age 59)
Alma mater
OccupationArt dealer, gallerist
(m. 1997; div. 2008)
  • Hikari Yokoyama
Parent(s)Michael Jopling, Baron Jopling

Jeremy Michael "Jay" Jopling (born June 1963) is an English art dealer and gallerist.[1] He is the founder of White Cube.

Early life

Jay Jopling is the son of Michael Jopling, Baron Jopling, a Conservative politician who served for some time as Minister for Agriculture in the Conservative Government led by Margaret Thatcher.[2] Jopling was brought up in Yorkshire and educated at Eton and the University of Edinburgh, where he studied English literature and history of art, and his first job was selling fire extinguishers door-to-door.[1]


As a university student, Jopling visited Manhattan, where he forged links with post-war American artists, encouraging them to donate works for the charity auction "New Art: New World." In the late 1980s, he formed a friendship with the artist Damien Hirst. After completing his M.A. in 1984, he moved to London and began working with artists of his generation.

In May 1993, he opened the original White Cube on the first floor of 44 Duke Street, St James, in West End. Its exhibition policy was to provide a one-off showcase for both British and international artists. White Cube exhibited some of the leading contemporary artists, including Lucian Freud, Gilbert & George, Antony Gormley, Sarah Morris, Mona Hatoum, Marc Quinn, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Runa Islam, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Tracey Emin, Harland Miller, Sam Taylor-Wood, Gavin Turk and Cerith Wyn Evans.[3]

In 2000, Jopling opened the larger White Cube Hoxton Square in London's East End, occupying a converted 1920s light industrial building. The gallery space closed in December 2012.[4] White Cube Mason's Yard, situated off Duke Street, St James's—home of the original White Cube—opened in 2006. White Cube Bermondsey opened in October 2012 and is the largest of the gallery's three sites. White Cube Hong Kong, located in the heart of Hong Kong's central district, opened in March 2012. White Cube São Paulo opened in December 2012 and closed in 2015.

Jopling's most recent venture was a three-year programme of exhibitions in Brazil.[when?]

He was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men in 2015.[5]


Jopling invested heavily in an online auction platform called Paddle8. Paddle8 merged with competitor online auction house Auctionata in early 2016.[6] By February 2017, Auctionata declared insolvency and Paddle8 became an independent company once again.[7][8]

Personal life

Jopling was married to artist Sam Taylor-Wood,[9] together they have two daughters, Angelica (born June 1997)[9] and Jessie Phoenix (born November 2005).[9] In September 2008, the couple announced that they were separating amicably after 11 years of marriage.[10][11][12] He subsequently married Hikari Yokoyama, who works for Paddle8.[13][14][15] In 2019, their daughter, Djuna Mei Jopling, was born.[16]


  1. ^ a b Rose Aidin (22 September 2002). "Brit art's square dealer moves on | From the Observer | The Observer". London: Guardian. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Jay Jopling: the man who became a pain in the arts". Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Exhibitions". White Cube.
  4. ^ Battersby, Matilda (5 October 2012). "Hoxton to suffer cultural blow as White Cube gallery closes". The Independent. London.
  5. ^ "50 Best Dressed Men in Britain 2015". GQ. 5 January 2015. Archived from the original on 7 January 2015.
  6. ^ Merced, Michael J. de la (12 May 2016). "2 Online Art Auctioneers to Merge and Go Global (Published 2016)". New York Times. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Auctionata Files for Insolvency, Paddle8 to Be Spun Off With Help of Unnamed Investor". The Observer. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  8. ^ "When art dealers just won't name their price". The Financial Times. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  9. ^ a b c Kate Summerscale (15 December 2007). "Sam Taylor-Johnson: the bigger picture". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  10. ^ Noah, Sherna (20 September 2008). "Art couple Taylor-Wood and Jopling to separate after 11 years' marriage". The Independent. Archived from the original on 25 September 2008.
  11. ^ "The rise and rise of Jay Jopling – Profiles – People". The Independent. London. 28 September 2006. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  12. ^ "Entertainment | Powerful art-world marriage ends". BBC News. 19 September 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  13. ^ Woodcock, Victoria (6 May 2021). "Hikari Yokoyama: 'I love the adrenaline kick of physical risk'". Financial Times.
  14. ^ Farrell, Aimee (27 August 2015). Choi, Anny (ed.). "What the Most Stylish Women Wear 9 to 5: The London Art Entrepreneur". Vogue.
  15. ^ "A who's who of the most glamorous couples in the art world right now". Ugolini. 19 May 2021.
  16. ^ "EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Tatler cover girl Sabrina Percy becomes engaged". Express Informer. 28 December 2019.

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