Suzanne Jackson

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Suzanne Jackson, (In-progress view) Self-portrait-drawing, a future life story, as told by grandparents 2003 -2013. Graphite, oil pastel, acrylic on Stonehenge paper, acrylic-cotton-backed 52.5 x 71.5 inches variable © Suzanne Jackson 2013
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Suzanne Jackson, "Eye to Eye: The Making of We", (detail, two of three double-sided panels), Indigo Sky Gallery 2012. Acrylic, Graphite, on Sumi paper, watercolor papers, cotton, bamboo 3 double-sided panels, 73 x 36 inches each © Suzanne jackson 2012
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Suzanne Jackson, Eye to Eye: The making of We,(detail-Chris and Ronald) 2012. Acrylic, Graphite, on Sumi paper, watercolor papers, cotton, bamboo 3 double-sided panels, 73 x 36 inches each © Suzanne Jackson 2012
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Suzanne Jackson, detail- in progress first layers watercolor/acrylic on Sumi papers 2012. Acrylic, Graphite, on Sumi paper, watercolor papers, cotton,bamboo 3 double-sided panels, 73 x 36 inches each © Suzanne Jackson 2012
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Suzanne Jackson, Eye to Eye: (detail) Ronald-portrait in progress 2012. Acrylic, Graphite, on Sumi paper, watercolor papers, cotton,bamboo 3 double-sided panels, 73 x 36 inches each © Suzanne Jackson 2012
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Suzanne Jackson, "Eye to Eye: The Making of We", (detail, two of three double-sided panels) 2012. Acrylic, Graphite, on Sumi paper, watercolor papers, cotton,bamboo 3 double-sided panels, 73 x 36 inches each © Suzanne Jackson 2012
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Suzanne Jackson, Three Eye to Eye portrait-panels- in progress 2012. Acrylic, Graphite, on Sumi paper, watercolor papers, cotton,bamboo 3 double-sided panels, 73 x 36 inches each © Suzanne Jackson 2012
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Suzanne Jackson, Three Eye to Eye portrait-panels- in progress 2012. Acrylic, Graphite, on Sumi paper, watercolor papers, cotton,bamboo 3 double-sided panels, 73 x 36 inches each © Suzanne Jackson 2012
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Suzanne Jackson, "Eye to Eye: The Making of We", (detail, two of three double-sided panels) 2012. Acrylic, Graphite, on Sumi paper, watercolor papers, cotton,bamboo 3 double-sided panels, 73 x 36 inches each © Suzanne Jackson 2012
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Suzanne Jackson, "Eye to Eye: The Making of We", (detail, two of three double-sided panels) 2012. Acrylic, Graphite, on Sumi paper, watercolor papers, cotton,bamboo 3 double-sided panels, 73 x 36 inches each © Suzanne Jackson 2012
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Suzanne Jackson, cat on cat: Eye to Eye, gallery installation-prep 2012. Acrylic, Graphite, on Sumi paper, watercolor papers, cotton,bamboo 3 double-sided panels, 73 x 36 inches each © Suzanne Jackson 2012
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Suzanne Jackson, Swim-Wildlife Refuge, Installation View, Peninsula Fine Arts Center 2008. Acrylic, Shibori, canvas, gauze, netting 105 x 78-1/2 x 4 inches, hangs recto/verso from ceiling
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Suzanne Jackson, Bilali's Dream - (recto), Installation View, Parkersburg Art Center, 2009 2004. Acrylic, mixed papers, netting, wood 84 x 78 x 6 inches variable, hangs recto/verso from ceiling © Suzanne Jackson 2004
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Suzanne Jackson, Bilali's Dream - (recto), Installation View, Parkersburg Art Center 2004. Acrylic, linen, mixed papers, muslin, canvas-backed 84 x 78 x 6 inches variable, hangs recto/verso from ceiling © Suzanne Jackson 2004
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Suzanne Jackson, Da Wha Yu Sae 2008 (installation, Peninsula Fine Arts Center). Acrylic, linen, mixed papers muslin, canvas-backed 91 x 61 x 4 inches, variable installation shapes © Suzanne Jackson 2008
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Suzanne Jackson, Da Wha Yu Sae 2008 - 2009 (installation Beach Institute) . Acrylic, linen, mixed papers, muslin, canvas-backed 91 x 61 x 4 inches, variable installation shapes © Suzanne Jackson 2008
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Suzanne Jackson, the general's peach 2008. Acrylic, layered Bogus paper 42 x 39-1/2 x 1-3/4 inches variable © Suzanne Jackson 2008
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Suzanne Jackson, Bilali's Dream - (verso) 2004. Acrylic, mixed papers, netting, wood 84 x 78 x6 inches variable, hangs recto/verso from ceiling © Suzanne Jackson 2004
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Suzanne Jackson, Bilali's Dream - (recto) 2004. Acrylic, mixed papers, netting, wood, 84 x 78 x6 inches variable, hangs recto/verso from ceiling © Suzanne Jackson 2004
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Suzanne Jackson, Gimmie Sum 2001. Acrylic, mixed papers, canvas, wood 52-1/2 x 58-1/2 x 3 inches variable © Suzanne Jackson 2001
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Suzanne Jackson, beyond black window 2009. Acrylic, graphite, paper, canvas, wood 65 x 53-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches variable © Suzanne Jackson 2009
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Suzanne Jackson, test-a-mental 2009. Acrylic, canvas, on paper 39 x 33 x1-3/4 inches variable © Suzanne Jackson 2009
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Suzanne Jackson, Annie's Cradle 2003. Acrylic, Bogus paper, flax paper, wood, silk 66-1/2 x 18 inches variable © Suzanne Jackson 2003
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Suzanne Jackson, 2160 Red Trees 2005. Acrylic, handmade paper, mesh 85 x 76 x 3 inches variable © Suzanne Jackson 2005
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Suzanne Jackson, NewDemiLune 2007. layered Acrylic, canvas, wood, netting, string 61 x 20 x 5 inches © Suzanne Jackson 2007
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Suzanne Jackson, low country boil 2003. Acrylic, canvas, wood 60 x 13 inches variable © Suzanne Jackson 2003
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Suzanne Jackson, So Much to do 2008. Acrylic, mixed papers, canvas-backed 84 x 64 x 4 inches variable © Suzanne Jackson 2008
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Suzanne Jackson, Inventory letters 2010. Acrylic, layered plexi-glas, folded, crimped papers, canvas, nylon 28.5 x 48 x6 inches variable © Suzanne Jackson 2010
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Suzanne Jackson, Morning Garden 2004. Mono-print, chine-colle, Echizen Kozo Dosa 36 x 31-1/4 x 1-3/4 framed inches © Suzanne Jackson 2004
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Suzanne Jackson, "Venus" 2003. mono-print and chine colle 97 x 49-1/4 x 1-3/4" framed © Suzanne Jackson 2003
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Suzanne Jackson, RUN 2004. Mono-print, applied Owano 31-1/4 x 45 x 1-3/4 inches framed © Suzanne Jackson 2004
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Suzanne Jackson, Lizzie's Love 2004. Mono-print on Simon's Green, blue paper, silk 39 x 31-1/8 x 1-3/4 inches framed © Suzanne Jackson 2004
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Suzanne Jackson, Number Five 2004. Mono-print, applied Owano on Somerset 62-1/4 x 47 x 1-3/4 inches framed © Suzanne Jackson 2004
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Suzanne Jackson, Good Faith and Respect 2003. Mono-print on Indigo Gampi each - 97 x 49-1/4 x 1-3/4 inches framed (diptych) © Suzanne Jackson 2003
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Suzanne Jackson, Good Faith 2003. Mono-print on Indigo Gampi 97 x 49-1/4 x 1-3/4 inches framed © Suzanne Jackson 2003
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Suzanne Jackson, Respect 2003. Mono-print on Indigo Gampi 97 x 49-1/4 x 1-3/4 inches framed © Suzanne Jackson 2003
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Suzanne Jackson, "Venus" and "Long Poem Triology", (detail verso) 2003 Mono-prints © Suzanne Jackson 2003
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Suzanne Jackson, Spiderlines" and "Long Poem Triology 2003 Mono-prints installation view © Suzanne Jackson 2003
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Suzanne Jackson, Skirt 2003. Mono-print 47 x 31-1/4 x 1-3/4 natural wood frame inches © Suzanne Jackson 2003
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Suzanne Jackson, Ibis-I 1977. four-color Lithograph 30 x 22 inches © Suzanne Jackson 1977
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Suzanne Jackson, dayclean 2005 - 2007. watercolour on stretched paper 12 x 15 inches © Suzanne Jackson 2007
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Suzanne Jackson, B-B, Playin' with my friends, 5:30pm in the street, Saturdy night"" 1999- 2013. Graphite and Acrylic on paper 64 x 48.625" © Suzanne Jackson 2013,
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Suzanne Jackson, Comes Up from Ice Sea 2014. Acrylic on stretched and shaped canvas 23 x 17 © Suzanne Jackson 2014
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Suzanne Jackson, Blowing Birds, in the Land, Not in the Hand 2014. Graphite, acrylic on stretched paper 45.5 x 57" (diptych) © Suzanne Jackson 2014
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Suzanne Jackson, Toucan Negotiating Two Crows 2014. Mono-print, graphite, acrylic, cotton-backed 38 x 47" variable © Suzanne Jackson 2014
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Suzanne Jackson, Voiding Petitions 2014. Acrylic, graphite on stretched canvas 14 x 12 © Suzanne Jackson 2014
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Suzanne Jackson, Ming's Line 2010. graphite, acrylic on Stonehenge paper, cotton-backed 58.5 x 57 x 2" variable © Suzanne Jackson 2010
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Suzanne Jackson, "Reap What You Sow, (A Luta Continua)" 2014. Acrylic, Linen, Silk netting 82 x 44" © Suzanne Jackson 2014
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Suzanne Jackson, Woodpecker's Last Blues, (detail) 2013. Acrylic on acrylic, deer netting, woodpecker feathers, Redbud leaves, tar paper 76 x 60 x 3" © Suzanne Jackson 2013
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Suzanne Jackson, Woodpecker's Last Blues 2013. Acrylic, on acrylic, deer netting, woodpecker feathers, Redbud leaves, tar paper 76 x 60 x 3" variable © Suzanne Jackson 2013
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Suzanne Jackson, Virgin Bongo - Blue 2013. Mono-print, Acrylic 33 x 25 x 2.5 inches © Suzanne Jackson 2013,
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Suzanne Jackson, "finding joy in the mirror" 2016. Acrylic, wood veneer, loquat seeds, Arches & Bogus papers 57 x 39.25 x 2" © Suzanne Jackson

Solo Exhibitions

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SUZANNE JACKSON: Suggestions From Nature
Temporary Agency
855 Wyckoff Avenue Ridgewood, New York 11385
January 9th, 2015 - February 1st, 2015
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"BIRDMUSIC" paintings, drawings & monoprints by Suzanne Jackson
Indigo Sky Community Gallery
915 Waters Avenue Savannah, Georgia 31404
September 27th, 2013 - October 10th, 2013
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U.S Ambassador's Selection, Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State
U.S Embassy, Monrovia, Liberia
Ambassador Deborah Malac Residence Monrovia, Liberia
March 1st, 2013 - March 1st, 2013
Suzanne Jackson, Monoprints: The Colored Garden
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM
424 South C Street Oxnard, California 93030
December 8th, 2007 - February 18th, 2008

Group Exhibitions

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Reflections on the Self: Selections from the Permanent Collection
California African American Museum
600 State Drive Exposition Park Los Angeles, CA 90037
May 11th, 2016 - September 18th, 2016
"Black SoCal: Art and Practice in an Evolving Landscape"
La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale), Pallazzo Querini Stampalia
Palazzo Querini Stampalia Venezia, Italy
May 5th, 2015 - November 30th, 2015
"Creations By Ebony"
Portfolio Gallery / Edwardsville Art Center
6165 Center Grove Road Edwardsville, Illinois 62025
January 10th, 2014 - February 28th, 2014
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"Now Dig This!: Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980"
Williams College Museum of Art
Main Street Williamstown, Massachusetts 01267-2566
July 20th, 2013 - December 1st, 2013
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Motherhood to Mother-Goddess: Transcendence from Self to Absolute
Akus Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University
83 Windham Street Shafer Hall, Room 1, Lower Level Willimantic, Connecticut 06226
March 14th, 2013 - April 25th, 2013
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Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980
MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Ave Long Island City, NY 11101
October 21st, 2012 - March 11th, 2013
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EYE to EYE: The Making of WE
Indigo Sky Community Gallery
915 Waters Avenue Savannah, Georgia 31404
October 21st, 2012 - October 28th, 2012
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Artist Party: From a Whisper to a Roar, Women Artists Charting Their Own Course
Avenue 50 Studio
131 N. Avenue 50 Los Angeles, CA 90042
February 25th, 2012 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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From a Whisper to a Roar: Women Artists Charting Their Own Course
Avenue 50 Studio
131 N. Avenue 50 Los Angeles, CA 90042
February 11th, 2012 - March 4th, 2012
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From a Whisper to a Roar: Women Artists Charting Their Own Course
Avenue 50 Studio
131 N. Avenue 50 Los Angeles, CA 90042
February 11th, 2012 - March 4th, 2012
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Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90024
October 2nd, 2011 - January 8th, 2012
U.S Ambassador's Exhibition, Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State
U.S. Embassy, Belgrade, Serbia
U.S Embassy Belgrade, Serbia
November 15th, 2010 - September 19th, 2012
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Suzanne Jackson 

                                            

 My focus is the exploration of the strength of pure acrylic paint as structure and narrative.

 

Formed acrylic shapes are integrated dimensional surfaces in the paintings and in drawings.

 

These are my visual responses, recognizing ancestral traditions that continue to resonate 

 

in contemporary African-American retentions and expressions.  African-American

 

Classical music (also known as jazz), Blues, and Indigenous World music forms are

 

visualized associating references to musicians, to dance, and to natural elements,

 

strongly influencing my work process. Pushing possibilities of the pure paint materials,

 

I work as if each beginning is a large-format drawing.  These works evolve into paintings,

 

held together mostly by pure pigment.

 

Reused Acrylic shards and fragments directly applied alter gestural content and surface.

 

The paintings synthesize elected cultural memory in visual representation, integrating drawn,

 

implied or painted line. Pinching, crimping and pleating become linear reconstructions of the

 

painted surface. Elements and alterations are refined with acrylic paint emphasizing

 

structural tensions and fluidity of form in the final effect.  The flexible two-dimensional

 

surfaces are realized into “almost “three- dimensional form. Within each composition are

 

suggested responses to curiosities about passed-down stories and lesser known day to day

 

traditions that are  in continuing practice within African-American heritage and culture.

 

Surrounded by the raw elements of nature and its various extraordinary transitions,  I am

 

now settled, experiencing and living in the Savannah Georgia lowcountry since 1996. 

 

The development of my paintings and drawings has evolved as a result of continued searching

 

and finding the “spirit” references especially to Indigenous-American cultural traditions and

 

events, established and evidenced, in the entry origins of African-American cultural experiences, 

 

throughout the Americas.

 

Moving from place to place, the influence has been, following the paths of ancestors.

 

  

Suzanne Jackson creates large mixed media works that are expressive, spontaneous, and even playful. She creates each piece by layering a vast array of papers with acrylic and canvas. Her work is a hybrid of collage, painting, and sculpture that breaks the conventional rectangular frame. Her highly textured and colorful works seem to dance on the wall, sometimes bursting out into the space of the viewer. Her works mix monumentality and ruggedness with warmth and freedom.”

                                                                                 Albany Museum, Albany, Georgia

 

 

SUZANNE JACKSON has had a distinguished career, exhibiting her work in prestigious museums and galleries worldwide with her paintings and biography featured in numerous publications. Jackson’s works can be found in public and private collections nationally and internationally. Works have been included in the Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980”, Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980, opening July 2013 at Williams College Art Museum; touring from  MoMA PS1, Long Island and The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.;  “Places of Validation, Art and Progression”, California African American Museum, Los Angeles; The 30 year retrospective, Marks From the Matrix, Normal Editions Workshop, Normal Il.; The Getty Research Institute Oral History Interviews- “Modern Art In Los Angeles”, “Gallery 32 and Its Circle”;  2013 and 2010 selections, U.S. Embassies, Monrovia, Liberia and Belgrade, Serbia  Art in Embassies Program, U.S Department of State.  One person exhibitions include Danville Museum of Art, Danville, VA; Ferst Fine Arts Center, Richards and Westbrook Galleries, Georgia Tech University, Atlanta; Parkersburg Art Center, West VA; Albany Museum of Art, Albany GA; Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA; Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA.

Suzanne Jackson received a B.A. in Art from San Francisco State University and holds a MFA from Yale University School of Drama, Design. 

Artist's photo courtesy of Nathan Jones

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6th 2012 Showcase Winner: some things in the world
2011. Acrylic, rolled folded, crimped, layered Bogus paper 86.5 x 84 x 4 to 6 variable inches © suzanne jackson 2011
Price $8750
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Posted: 10/6/13
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 Art & Soul: Music inspires exhibit at Indigo Sky By Allison Hersh For Savannah Morning News Suzanne Jackson's B.B. Playin' With My Friends Suzanne Jackson's Big Blues Moon In Savannah, Suzanne Jackson is widely known as “an artist’s artist.” An experimental creative force, she enjoys exploring textures in her mixed media wo... Read-more-graphic-3b0e37e73c1426b2a5c5599da232620c