Roy Jackson Retrospective 1963-2013


Landformimage: Roy Jackson, Landform  2005 



This exhibition spans fifty years of painting and drawing by one of the most distinctive abstract painters in Australia. Roy Jackson was regarded as a "painter's painter" - a rare talent whose work explored and challenged the possibilities of representation and abstraction. Highly esteemed by his students, fellow artists, and collectors, the power of his work is in its vitality and the evocation of visual sensations, memory and poetic imagination. His art channels the patterns and the latent energy of nature; it can communicate a story, an emotion or an all encompassing response to 'that place, to that moment, to that time.'

In 2013 Jackson was painting at the height of his powers, knowing that time was short yet achieving masterly new expression in his art as evidenced by his epic Clinamen series included in the exhibition. This exhibition includes 60 paintings, drawings, work books, and collages selected by co-curators Sioux Garside and Terence Maloon to represent the exhilarating breadth of Jackson’s work seen in the context of a lifetime of uncompromising risks, philosophical and aesthetic exploration and a dedication to the creative act of mark making.

The exhibition coincides with publication of a major monograph, which gives voice to the artist through a series of recorded conversations with Maloon, extracts of which form a unique and insightful narrative that runs through the book. Elisabeth Cummings, Sioux Garside, Ildiko Kovacs, the late John Peart and Paul Selwood are some of the contributing artists and writers who along with his partner Maggie Bassendine share their insights with regard to his influences, travels and life lived through art.


Sunday afternoons @ the Gallery

Sunday 29 March, 3pm
Roy Jackson at Wedderburn - Join curator Sioux Garside and artist Elisabeth Cummings as they discuss the exceptional body of work and life of Roy Jackson, while he lived within the artistic community at Wedderburn.

Sunday 12 April, 3pm
Maggie Bassendine in conversation with Richard Morecroft- Join Maggie Bassendine, Roy's partner, as she reflects on their travels, life and art in the final chapter of Roy's colourful life.




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