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DAVINA JACKSON A SCULPTOR IN PAINT Davina Jackson has a very solid curriculum as an artist. During the 1990s she studied successively at Central St Martins, The Byam Shaw School of Art and the Royal Academy School (where she did a Post Graduate Diploma). Her work has figured in a very large number of mixed exhibitions, among them eight appearances in the Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition, eight in Art London and five in the Discerning Eye. That is to say, she has never stopped thinking about art, or actually making it. However her previous solo showings have been few. Her most recent, here in London, was at the Boundary Gallery in 2003. There was also a solo show in Geneva in 2004. The reason for this paucity of solo showings is simple – she had children to bring up. But now, as she says on her personal website: “Whilst the past early stages of motherhood had dissipated my energy and clarity of vision through sleepless nights, it has also brought to my work a new light, mood and dynamism.” Anyone who looks at this extraordinarily confident and inventive group of paintings will see that they have a place in a very specifically British Modernist tradition. Artists whom she mentions as early influences include Paula Rego, Ken Kiff, Norman Ackroyd, Albert Irvine, Jennifer Durrant and Peter Doig. On her personal website she also names certain classicizing Italians, such as Marino Marini, Sironi and Carlo Carrà. For me, however, there is one name that she rather conspicuously leaves out – that of the greatest of all British Modern Movement sculptors, Henry Moore. One cannot miss the likeness. The kinship is not so much one between Moore’s graphic work, such as his etchings and lithographs, as one between Moore’s actual sculptures and her paintings. The subject matter – yes – is often similar: reclining female figures, monumental in appearance though often modest in scale. More striking still is the way in which Jackson seems actually to carve her figures out of paint. Sometimes, too, there is a hint of the more mischievous side of Picasso – for example, a little figure tootling a pipe. In one case he is standing on the back of an extremely simplified horse. Picasso once said that it was necessary to go back to the vision of childhood – to set aside all sophistication – in order to be a really creative artist. At a time when the mainstream Modernist tradition is increasingly under attack – when, in fact, a lot of leading figures in the contemporary art world seem to be willing to do anything it takes to wriggle free of it – it is interesting to encounter an artist who has the self-confidence to make it work for her. The influences and relationships I have cited have by no means impeded the creation of an original, immediately recognizable personal language. These paintings are, above all, concise presentations of personal truths. In particular, at a time when women artists are being increasingly recognized, what one sees here is everyday female experience – having children, creating a family – expressed through a sensibility that is nevertheless defiantly Modernist. Davina Jackson is not willing to renounce, either because of her gender or for any other reason, the creative universe that the great early and mid 20th century Modernists created. Edward Lucie-Smith Art Historian, Author & Critic


1. Weathering the Storm (2016) Oil on canvas  109 x 100 cm (42.9 x 39.4 in)

2. Conversation (2015)  Oil on canvas 120 x 100 cm (47.2 x 39.3 in)

3. Composition with Two Figures (2012) Mixed media on paper 20 x 22 cm (7.9 x 8.7 in)

4. Resting Figures (2012) Charcoal and conte on paper 45 x 60 cm (17.7 x 23.6 in)

5. Boy with a Fishing Net (2012) Charcoal and conte on paper 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8 in)

6. Two Figures Resting (2016) Charcoal and conte on paper 39 x 55 cm (15.4 x 21.7 in)

7. The Boy with a Fishing Net (2013) Oil on canvas 152 x 170 cm (59.8 x 66.9 in)

8. Reaching Down (2016) Oil on canvas 152 x 172 cm (59.8 x 67.7 in)

9. Blowing Bubbles (2016)  Oil on board 29 x 29 cm (11.4 x 11.4 in)

10. Composition with Two Figures (2015)  Oil on canvas 35 x 27 cm (13.8 x 10.6 in)

11. Mother and Child in Red and Blue (2016)  Oil on board  29 x 29 cm (11.4 x 11.4 in)

12. Study of Two Figures (2016) Oil on canvas  41 x 33 cm (16.1 x 13 in)

13. Blowing Bubbles (2013) Oil on canvas  152 x 172 cm (59.8 x 67.7 in)

14. Sleeping Mother and Baby (2015)  Oil on canvas 100 x 160 cm (39.4 x 63 in)

15. Blowing Bubbles (2013) Charcoal and chalk on paper 17 x 20 cm (6.7 x 11.4 in)

16. Sleeping Mother and Child (2009) Charcoal and conte on paper 20 x 23 cm (7.9 x 9 in)

17. Blowing Bubbles – Study (2016)  Charcoal and conte on paper 12.5 x 12 cm (4.9 x 4.7 in)

18. Boy with a Fishing Net (2013) Charcoal and conte on paper  23 x 21 cm (9 x 8.3 in)

19. Holding on Tight (2016)  Oil on canvas 152 x 172 cm (59.8 x 67.7 in)

20. The Boy and the Wooden Horse (2016)  Oil on canvas  70 x 70 cm (27.6 x 27.6 in)

21. Sorrowful (2016) Oil on canvas  56 x 148 cm (22 x 58.3 in)

1971 EDUCATION 1994 - 1997 1992 - 1994 1990 - 1991

Born in London

Post Graduate Diploma - Fine Art, The Royal Academy School of Art B.A. (Hons) Fine Art - Painting, The Byam Shaw School of Art Foundation in Art and Design, Central/St Martins School of Art

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS SINCE 2000 2016 A Sculptor in Paint - Albemarle Gallery Group exhibition - Highgate Contemporary Art Gallery summer show The Boundary Gallery and Fine Art Consultancy at Highgate Contemporary Art Gallery 2015 Summer Exhibition - The Royal Academy (Also showed in 2013, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1995) The New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, The Mall 2014 Microtopia - Group Show, Kingsgate Gallery The Discerning Eye, Drawing Bursary – Mall Galleries, The Mall 2013 Mixed Artists Show - Kingsgate Studio Gallery (2003 - 2012) 2012 International Jewish Artist of the Year Show - Boundary Gallery Curated and Showed in the Charity Exhibition (Hare Styling) - Dorchester Hotel 2009 - 2006 Art London – Business and Design Centre 2006 Gallery Artists - Boundary Gallery 2004 Solo exhibition - Ars Vivendi, Geneva, Switzerland 20th Century Perspectives - Burlington Fine Art The Hunting Prize - Royal College of Art (Also showed in 2003, 2002, and 2001) The Modern and the New - Ben Uri Gallery 2003 Solo Exhibition - Boundary Gallery 2002 Permanent Display - The Institute of Psychoanalysis, Maida Vale, London Works on Paper - Royal College of Art (Also showed in 2001 and 2000) The Discerning Eye - Mall Galleries (Also showed in 2001, 2000 and 1995) 2001 Ben Uri Museum Exhibition - Phillips, Old Bond Street and Phillips, Edinburgh Mixed Show - The David Curzon Gallery, Wimbledon The Landseer Landscape Exhibition - Mall Galleries 2000 Solo Exhibition - Boundary Gallery Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition – Berlin, Germany AWARDS, RESIDENCIES AND SCHOLARSHIPS 2014 Runner Up Prize, Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary 2012 International Jewish Artist of the Year Finalist 2002 The David Villiers Prize 1999 Apthorp Trust Fund Prize for Painting 1998 Florence Trust Residency 1997 Royal Academy Gold Medal for Painting Edward Scott Travel Scholarship 1996 David Murray Landscape Travel Prize Duff Green Drawing Prize Celia Walker Print Prize Apthorp Trust Fund Prize 1995 Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award [Finalist] Apthorp Trust Prize 1994 First Prize, Ben Uri Open Exhibition The Mercers Company and Leverhulme Scholarship 1993 Joint First Prize Winner, Ben Uri Open

COLLECTIONS Fenton Arts Trust Tavistock Centre Chevron PLC The Cromwell Hospital The Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea Barnet Council Leverhulme Trust Agi Katz Oceana Investment Partners Important International Private Collections


Davina Jackson - A Sculptor in Paint