- Conversations with Artists: Oliver Lee Jackson
September 15 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium
Oliver Lee Jackson, artist, and Harry Cooper, senior curator and head of modern art, National Gallery of Art
American painter, printmaker, and sculptor Oliver Lee Jackson (b. 1935) has created a complex body of work which masterfully weaves together visual influences ranging from the Renaissance to modernism with principles of rhythm and improvisation drawn from his study of African cultures and American jazz. This conversation between the artist and Harry Cooper, senior curator and head of modern art, National Gallery of Art, introduces the exhibition Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings, which will present some 25 paintings created over the past 15 years, many of which will be shown publicly for the first time. Jackson’s often large-scale paintings blend figural elements of bodies pointing, kneeling, drawing, and playing instruments with colorful abstract compositions and vigorously worked surfaces. Each painting creates a space and world of its own, captivating viewers and challenging them to spend time with the mesmerizing works.
Oliver Lee Jackson, Painting (10.14.06), 2006, oil-based paints on canvas, 96 x 108 in., photo by M. Lee Fatherree