Herb Jackson’s latest exhibition Across Time has opened at the Hidell Brooks Gallery in Charlotte’s South End. The exhibition features works from the late 1970’s to the present, and features both paintings that have never been shown before (either in an exhibition or to private collectors,) along with new pieces.
As someone who has always been in love with color, no matter its form, I loved viewing this particular exhibition. The colors of the pieces featured in Across Time go from vibrant oranges and reds to more subdued pastels providing both contrast and depth.
If you have a chance to view the exhibition for yourself you should take the time to look at the artists work up close. You can see even the layers in my photographs of Jackson’s work, and when viewed in person, you can have a closer look at the different layers that have been scrapped away and another layer applied to the canvas.
I am often asked how my work has changed with time. It is far easier to show you than to explain, so I am taking this opportunity to juxtapose paintings from as early as 40 years ago with current work. – Herb Jackson
The subconscious ocean that the artist wins in is deep and grows deeper with the years. It has many currents that can be followed but the swimmer is contained by the shores of life experience, so the resulting paintings take on recognizable characteristics. Fortunately, the artist cannot predict the later work, but in retrospect the seeds for it are found in the earlier work. – Herb Jackson
My process is to build paintings by putting on and immediately removing a layer, leaving a residue of the new application in some places and covering it in others by the subsequent layer. It is a metaphor for the life process. – Herb Jackson
The exhibition will be on view through December 20th.
About the Artist
Throughout Herb Jackson’s childhood he was a regular at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and won his first award for art in a juried exhibition there in 1962, as a teenager. He received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College and three years later he earned his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1969, while finishing up his graduate studies, Jackson began teaching at Davidson. He soon became the chair of the art department which he held for 16 years. He retired from teaching in 2011. Jackson’s work is now in more than 80 collections including the British Museum in London and the Brooklyn Museum in NYC. – Hidell Brooks Gallery
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