Jackson makes paintings that engage with casting processes and open systems. Working with the repetition of minimal gestures and fluid forms the paintings reveal images in states of forming and dissolving. Through experiments with materials, serial production and distribution, the work explores how paintings can be protagonists in a social field. Paintings circulate through various means – exchange, writing, sound, shared ownership, infinite series.
“My work is not about the sharpness of an instant, more the intimate flicker of ephemeral images.”
E. Jackson is an artist whose practice is an enquiry into: paintings as objects of relation, the mutability and mobility of images, value systems and multiplicity, the relationship between identity and non-figurative painting.
Jackson holds an MA from The Royal College of Art, London; and is an alumni of the artist development programme Syllabus II (2016-17), delivered by leading UK arts organisations: Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island, and Studio Voltaire. They were selected for the a-n Mentoring Programme 2019/20, using the sessions to discuss how artworks operate outside traditional gallery settings and circulate independently. Residencies, group exhibitions and talks include: Guest Projects, London, Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium, Cambridge School of Art, UK, Museu Molí Paperer de Capellades, Barcelona, A.P.T Gallery, London, and Fundación Pedro Cano, Murcia. Their work is held in a number of collections including: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Colour Reference Library RCA, Henry Moore Institute, Victoria and Albert Museum (Prints & Drawings), and The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths.
In 2021, they received Arts Council England DYCP funding to explore ‘Networked Paintings and Multiple Objects’. This dedicated 7-month period of mentoring, research and critical discourse allowed the development of experimental ideas, re-imagining how paintings can circulate by using the lens of sculpture and its practices of casting, seriality and reproduction. Archive, museum and collection research included, Henry Moore Institute, Wellcome Collection, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Portugal, and the Nasher Sculpture Center USA. Project mentors were curator and writer George Vasey, sculptor Florian Roithmayr, and painter Nadia Hebson.
Casting Painting engages with sculptural methods and techniques to reflect on serial production, repetition, variation, proliferation and multiple form. Fresco Memoria (2019 – ongoing) is a series of work about origin and substructures – the paintings are full of erasure, fragmentation, and illegibility – they re-imagine underpainting as a site of material memory. This Mortal Painting (2019 – ongoing) moves beyond traditional portraiture to consider the human head as an abstract internal site, and seat of fluid identity.
Networked Painting is a body of work examining value systems, distribution and reception – these paintings circulate through exchange, gift, and shared ownership. For example, In an on-going project that plays with plurality and translation, multiple Archetype Paintings (2017- ongoing) are exchanged for new writing and sound with a network of collaborators – writers, poets, composers and musicians. Through multiple modes, the painting becomes a speculative object – a synthesis of interpretation and response. Existing at the nexus of a growing collection of responses, each contribution adds new layers of complexity and individual insight to the archetype.
Jackson situates their research in the Internal Space of Painting. Drawig on wide-ranging reference from prehistoric mark making through Eastern philosophy, phenomenology to geometric abstraction, Jackson uses simple motifs, open systems and spatial dynamics. Areas of inquiry include: identity theory; portraiture; serial production; casting techniques; luminosity and reflectance; absorption and withdrawal; subjectivity and solitude; abstraction and hermeticism; repetition and revision.
E. Jackson [b. UK 1979]
education and training
2016-17 Syllabus II, a peer-led artist development programme delivered by: Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; New Contemporaries; S1 Artspace, Sheffield; Spike Island, Bristol; and Studio Voltaire, London
2005-7 MA Communication Art and Design, Royal College of Art
2001–4 BA (Hons.) Graphic Design, University of Brighton
exhibitions & publications
2022 Writing Painting #2, artist book published
2021 Sounding Painting, album
2019 Writing Painting #1, artist book published
2019 Esparto (collaboration), Fundación Pedro Cano, Murcia, Spain
2018 Esparto (collaboration), Museu Molí Paperer de Capellades, Barcelona, Spain 2018
2018 Light Events, esparto shadows (bookwork)
2017 Group show, In the Open, Sheffield: an exhibition of collaborative artworks around place, landscape and environment
2017 Looking for the Sky in the Earth (poster publication)
2017 Guest Projects with Syllabus II
2017-18 Cambridge School of Art, AA2A artist in residence
2017 Guest Projects with Syllabus II
2013 Frans Masereel Centrum (International Residential Print Centre), Belgium
2013 Joya: arte + ecología (off-grid Art Centre), Spain
2012 Frans Masereel Centrum (International Residential Print Centre), Belgium
workshops & artist talks
2018 Artist Showcase: presentation of works on paper, Cambridge School of Art
2017 Artist Talk: presentation of works, Cambridge School of Art
2017 Discussion: New Networks: New Normal, Apt Gallery, London
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Colour Reference Library, Royal College of Art,
London Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, Library & Archive
National Art Library, London
Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge
Special Collections, Manchester Metropolitan University
Victoria and Albert Museum (Prints & Drawings), London
The Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths, University of London
AA2A Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
2017-18 (image shows work in progress)
Guest Projects (with Syllabus II), London
Group exhibition at Guest Projects: The Opposite of Now 27th – 28th May 2017
Syllabus II artists: Mira Calix, Faye Claridge, Mike Harvey, E. Jackson, Tyler Mallison, Nika Neelova, Tom Smith, Dylan Spencer-Davidson, Thomas Whittle and Laura Wilson.
Syllabus II partners: Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; New Contemporaries; S1 Artspace, Sheffield; Spike Island, Bristol; and Studio Voltaire, London
Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium
October – November 2013 | June – July 2012