Kurt Jackson (1961-present)
A British painter whose large canvases reflect a concern with natural history, ecology and environmental issues.
The majority of Jackson’s work reflects his commitment to the environment and the natural world within Cornwall, although he also works elsewhere in Britain and mainland Europe; recent projects include bodies of work on theThames, the Avon, the Forth, Ardnamurchan and the Glastonbury Festival series. His paintings frequently carry small commentaries on the scene depicted and show a fascination particularly with the detail of plants and animals within an overall ecology and evoke a calm, spiritual and warm relationship with the landscape, even of apparently bleak scenes.
Kurt Jackson – Royal Academy Thames Revisited Film (2013) You Tube video
Friends of the Earth meets Kurt Jackson You Tube video
Born in Blandford, Dorset, he developed an early interest in natural history and landscape. He studied zoology atSt Peter’s College, Oxford, but spent most of his time attending classes at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art or painting in the countryside around Oxford. In 1984 he and his wife Caroline Jackson moved to Cornwall; currently he lives and works near St Just,Penwith.
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, Surfers Against Sewage andCornwall Wildlife Trust. He is an academician of the Royal West of England Academy.
He paints in mixed media.