African Contemporary by Jonathan Jackson


African Contemporary by Jonathan Jackson

September 7 – September 26, 2019

FALL GALLERY NIGHT RECEPTION: Saturday, September 7, 2019 @ 6 PM - 9 PM


"The paintings being shown are from an on going series that I started in 2016, when I started studying different indigenous sculptures and cultures, I fell in love in with the meanings and the storytelling, to celebrate the new found love, I created paintings of where my imagination went when I was reading about the cultures. This particular exhibition of paintings are based on studies of various African sculptures and culture. What I am hoping to accomplish with this series is by using the particular subject matter is to create a interest in the viewer to be more inclined to go spend more time in the artifacts section of art museums, because if we understand the art of the past it helps us understand and create art for the future."


-Jonathan Jackson

About the Chi Wara Mural:

African Art has inspired art and artists all over the world, But the Chi Wara is probably one of the most celebrated sculptures. The Chi Wara itself is usually represented as a Roan Antelope with an almost human face, but also takes shapes of other creatures and emblems of farming. The hero descends from the sky goddess, and thus represents the sun, its body is often elongated and short legged to represent the aardvark who burrows into the earth like a farmer. Its high horns resemble the stalks of millet, and it stands on a dancer clad in a mass of raffia stalks to represent both flowing water and a bountiful harvest. The zig-zag patterns is supposed to represent the movement of the sun across the sky, and the penis of the male figure stands low to the ground, fertilizing the earth.


The Chi Wara figures always appear as a male and female pair, combining the elements of fertility of humans with fertility of the earth. The female figure usually carries a young antelope on her back, and is said to be the beginning humans carried by the Chi Wara hero, as well as a newborn human carried on a mother's back. The power of this sculpture has grabbed the attention of great artists such as George Braque and Pablo Picasso and the great art movement “Les Fauves”. Being greatly inspired by these artist movements, Jonathan Jackson has also studied and painted the Chi Wara, using its beautiful shapes and history to inspire his own interpretation for his own set of paintings as, Picasso did with Cubism.


Jonathan would like to adorn the walls with his visual interpretation of a Chi Wara to celebrate all its given to Modern and Contemporary art.

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