Afterglow: Recent Paintings by Julian Jackson, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Julian Jackson, @15,000 ft, 2011
Oil on panel
23 x 20 inches

September 2 – 15, 2011

For Julian Jackson’s first solo exhibition at Karan Ruhlen Gallery the central theme of his work is inspired by the phenomena of light, color, and a sense of layered space.

The elusive nature of light and the fundamental opposition of vertical and horizontal axis have been the subject of his paintings for more than a decade. “My compositions appear as solid as architecture when viewed from a distance but upon closer inspection their ambiguous space reveals itself as the layers and shapes soften and shift,” he explains, adding, “The elusiveness is intended to guide the viewer along a beguiling will o’ the wisp path that leads to an unexpected place.” Spatially nothing within these complex structures is set and there is an appearance of constant and subtle motion.

Jackson makes his wood panels with a beveled edge and a custom hanging apparatus to give the impression that they are floating on the wall. Then, having carefully prepared them to an ultra smooth surface, he applies layers of thin oil glazes, brushing the paint surface out until it is completely softened and nearly devoid of brush strokes. In this way, he dematerializes the substance of paint to present a tangible experience of color that is closer to its’ source; light.

Julian Jackson was born in Richmond, Virginia lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He studied painting, printmaking, photography, and performance at Mass. College of Art, Boston, MA, and Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. He is a member and secretary of the American Abstract Artists. Jackson has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Soaring Gardens. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections in the United States and Europe.