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Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings
April 14 – September 15, 2019
East Building, Mezzanine

Oliver Lee Jackson, Triptych (3.20.15, 5.21.15, 6.8.15), 2015, applied felt, chalk, alkyd paint, and mixed media on wood panel, courtesy of the artist. Photo by Philip Maisel. © Oliver Lee Jackson

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

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.

Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings will present 18 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. Born in St. Louis, Jackson taught at California State University, Sacramento, for many years and now lives and works in Oakland, California.

The exhibition is curated by Harry Cooper, senior curator and head, department of modern art, National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Sponsors: The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation. Morgan Stanley is proud to sponsor Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings. Additional funding is provided by The Tower Project of the National Gallery of Art.

Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required

About the Artist

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Press Event: Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings
Audio, Released: April 11, 2019, (11:33 minutes)
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