Greenhouse Gallery Artists – Kurt Jackson
Kurt Jackson (born 1961) has been Artist in Residence on the Greenpeace ship, Esperanza, at the Eden Project and at Glastonbury Festival since 1999. He has an Honorary Doctorate (DLitt) from Exeter University and is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford University. He is an ambassador for Survival International and frequently works with Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Water Aid, Oxfam, Surfers Against Sewage and Cornwall Wildlife Trust. The is an academician of the Royal West of England Academy.
His paintings frequently carry small commentaries on the scene depicted and show a fascination particularly with the detail of plants and animals within an overall ecology and evoke a calm, spiritual and warm relationship with the landscape, even of apparently bleak scenes. His work has been described as “uplifting” and “transporting”.
He studied zoology at St. Peter’s College, Oxford, but spent most of his time attending classes at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art or painting in the countryside around Oxford. Appearances on British television include ‘Kurt Jackson, A Picture of Cornwall’ BBC1 South West, 2005 and ‘Kurt Jackson, A Picture of the South West’, BBC3, 2005.