African Contemporary: Volume Two

Works by Jonathan Jackson

BNSF Gallery

September 4–October 31, 2020

Artist Statement:

Jonathan Paul Jackson is an African American Visual Artist from Houston, Texas. He works in all mediums of Art, including Painting, Sculpture, and Illustration. In 2008 J. Paul Jackson started curating Art shows for fellow Visual Artists, putting his art career to the side for a couple of years, but never stopped sketching and drawing. In 2011, he returned to his Art producing a series of Oil pastel works Jazz greats, Political figures, and everyday objects. His other works involve experimenting in Neo-Expressionism and Abstract Expressionism.

His paintings range from a series of color studies or what he has come to call "Color Meditations," in which he experimented with color while researching the masters of color, Matisse, Warhol, and Gauguin. Jackson soon realized that it was not the colors they used to create the work but how they applied the paint/color to the surface that truly defined them as "Masters of Color."

JPJ explores the historical symbolism of Indigenous people and interprets the imagery found there into his modern style, creating a personal totem by "writing" with their language. He applies the same method of making work to his landscape paintings by using nature to interpret his own visual language.

Currently, he's working on a series in which he takes photos of nature, prints out the photo and hand embellishes the print outs. Its a conceptual series about how we all see the same nature but interrupt it a different way.