J. Paul Jackson is a visual artist from Houston, Texas. He works in all mediums of art, including painting, sculpture and illustration. At the age of 11, he completed his first large-scale painting, and by the age of 16, he was showing in coffee shops in the Houston area. Jackson has some formal education in art, but is mostly self-taught.
At the age of 19, he curated his first show with two established artists, painter J. Antonio Farfan and photographer Daniel Kayne. His fabric and stitched art was his first full series, which included 25 pieces, which was displayed at Cafe Brazil in Houston, Texas in 2006. In 2008, Jackson started curating art shows for fellow visual artist, putting his own art career to the side for a couple of years, but he 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 on a series of action paintings.
Jackson's current paintings are his results after experimenting with color and researching the Masters of Color—Matisse, Warhol and Gauguin. When he started with researching the Masters of Color, he 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.
Since reading the biographies of the Masters of Color, Jackson has created what some say to be his most exciting and thought-provoking work to date, combining the practices of mark making and exploration in color. Jackson 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.
In 2016, Jackson began a series of paintings entitled Indigenous Contemporary. When he started studying different indigenous sculptures and cultures, he fell in love in with the meanings and the storytelling. To celebrate the new-found love, he created paintings of where his imagination went when was reading about the cultures. This particular exhibition of paintings is based on studies of various indigenous cultures, including African, Latin and North America sculptures and culture. What I want the series to accomplish is to create 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.
Indigenous Contemporary Volume 2 is the second installment of the series. In Volume 2 of the series, he adds technology to the process of creating the paintings, using Photoshop software to alter photos of indigenous sculptures and of my own paintings and drawings, then using a wide-format printer to make enlargements of the altered photos. Applying these technologies, he wants to bridge the gap between the past and the future. If we understand the art of the past, it helps us understand and create art for the future.
2017 Group Show, Lullwood Group, San Antonio Texas
Tell me I Can't, SXSW event, Austin, Texas
Galveston Art Walk, Galveston, Texas
Group Show, Sanpai Gallery, Galveston, Texas
Group Show, MKT Bar, Houston, Texas
2016 Contact: Two-Man Show with Andrew Schmidt, Toplogy Gallery, Austin, Texas
Trust Me Daddy, Safe House Gallery, Houston, Texas
East Austin Studio Tour, Topology Gallery, Austin, Texas
By the Pound, Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, Texas
Art Bash, Austin Art Alliance, Austin, Texas
Group Show, Flight Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
Locus, Alt Gallery, Austin, Texas
Artifacts and Fotos, Flight Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
SXSW art installation, American Greeting Card Company, Austin, Texas
Meditations: Art of the African Diasporas, Texas Southern University Art Museum, Houston, Texas. Curated by Dr. Alvia Wardlaw.