KURT JACKSON was born is 1961 in Blandford, Dorset. He graduated from St Peter’s College, Oxford with a degree in Zoology in 1983. While there, he spent most of his time painting and attending courses at Ruskin College of Art, Oxford. On gaining his degree he travelled extensively, painting wherever he went, went alone to the Arctic and hitched across Africa with his wife. He moved to Cornwall in 1984 where he still lives and works.
A dedication to and celebration of the environment is intrinsic to both his politics and his art and a holistic involvement with his subjects provides the springboard for his formal innovations. Jackson’s practice involves both plein air and studio work and embraces an extensive range of materials and techniques including mixed media, large canvases, print making and sculpture.
Over the past thirty years Jackson has had numerous art publications released to accompany his exhibitions. Two monographs on Jackson have been published by Lund Humphries depicting his career so far; A New Genre of Landscape painting (2010) and Sketchbooks (2012). A collection of his poetry And was published in 2011. He regularly contributes to radio and television and presents environmentally informed art documentaries for the BBC. He was a subject for the BBC series, A Picture of Britain.
He has been Artist in Residence on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, at the Eden Project and at Glastonbury Festival since 1999.He has an Honorary Doctorate (DLitt) from Exeter University and is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford University. He is an ambassador for Survival International and frequently works with Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, WaterAid, Oxfam and Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
He is represented by the Redfern Gallery in Cork Street, London and is an academician at the Royal West of England Academy.
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