Nashville, TN, United States
About John Jackson
I had my first major breakthrough in 10 years after my show this past June 2015 at The Rymer Gallery in Nashville. The dam finally broke. I had been wanting to get beyond the "realistic", detailed technique that I had been painting with for years but didn't know quite how to do it. I finally said, "Fuck it. I'm just going to paint whatever I want, however I want." For years I felt like my ideas were traveling at 1,000 mph and I was painting at 5 mph. Now I can paint much closer to the rate of my ideas. I'm having more fun than I've ever had painting. My "Technology Series" paintings address how our culture is being funneled thru technology. They explore the potential irony, distraction, seduction and alienation that technology may render and how it affects the way we relate and communicate with each other. The paintings explore how our contemporary culture is simultaneously connected and disconnected. The concepts are often depicted thru images of people as characters in different settings interacting with each other and technological devices and references. I also paint abstract paintings that counterbalances the "Technology Series”. The current abstract series is more about internal feeling and intuition than sense and intellect. My influences range from the renaissance to contemporary art. Michelangelo, Rembrandt, John Singer Sargent, Jackson Pollock, Lucian Freud, Eric Fischl, Jean Michel Basquiat, Gerhard Richter and many other contemporary painters.
School of Visual Arts - NYC - Bachelor of Fine Arts / Painting 1985