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Suzanne Jackson

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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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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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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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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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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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the general's peach, (in private collection), 2008 Acrylic, Layered Bogus Paper 42 X 39 1/2 X 1 3/4 Inches Variable © Suzanne Jackson 2008
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"Andricus Edge", 2009 Acrylic On Unstretched Canvas 95 X 80 X 1" © Suzanne Jackson 2009
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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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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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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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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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test-a-mental, 2009 Acrylic, Canvas, On Paper 39 X 33 X1 3/4 Inches Variable © Suzanne Jackson 2009
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Annie's Cradle, (in private collection), 2003 Acrylic, Bogus Paper, Flax Paper, Wood, Silk 66 1/2 X 18 Inches Variable © Suzanne Jackson 2003
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NewDemiLune, 2007 Acrylic, Layered Canvas, Wood, Netting, String 61 X 20 X 5 " © Suzanne Jackson 2007
20120923205851-low_country_boil
low country boil, 2003 Acrylic, Canvas, Wood 60 X 13 Inches Variable © Suzanne Jackson 2003
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So Much to do, 2008 Acrylic, Mixed Papers, Canvas Backed 84 X 64 X 4 Inches Variable © Suzanne Jackson 2008
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2160 Red Trees, 2005 Acrylic, Handmade Paper, Mesh 85 X 76 X 3 Inches Variable © Suzanne Jackson 2005
20170530202029-feastbeast
feastbeast, 2000 Acrylic, Canvas, Flax Paper, Wood, On Canvas 72 X 40.5" © Suzanne Jackson
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Bride's Rain, 2002 Acrylic, Canvas, Flax Paper, Netting, Wood On Canvas 97.5 X 39.5" Variable © Suzanne Jackson 2002
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Bogus Boogie, 2001 Acrylic, Bogus Paper, Flax Paper, Wood, Silk 65 X 28" © Suzanne Jackson 2001
20170531182415-succulent
succulent, 2000 Acrylic, Paper, Double Backed Linen 90 X 30" © Suzanne Jackson 2000
20170530202045-de_toqueville_s_cloak
de Toqueville's cloak, 2000 Acrylic, Cotton Apron, Flax & Bogus Paper 80 X 50" © Suzanne Jackson
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Saint Louis, Missouri
Birth year
1944
Lives in
Savannah, Georgia
Works in
Savannah, Georgia
Schools
San Francisco State University, 1966, BA
Otis College of Art and Design
Yale University, 1990, M.F.A.
Tags
figurative, mixed-media, installation, landscape, modern
Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Jun, 2019
"SUZANNE JACKSON: FIVE DECADES"
Jepson Center Telfair Museum
Feb, 2019
"Life Model, Charles White And His Students"
LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Nov, 2018
West by Midwest
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Current Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2018
Statement /Bio

 

Suzanne Jackson 

   Finding the various strengths of pure acrylic paint as structure and narrative continues.

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 retentions and expressions.  African American Classical music (also known as jazz), Blues, and Indigenous World music forms strongly influence my work process as references to specific musicians, to movement, and to elements in nature. Pushing possibilities of materials, I work as if each beginning is a large-format drawing evolving into painting, held together mostly by pure pigment.  Reused Acrylic shards and fragments directly applied alter gestural content and surface.

 The paintings synthesize selected cultural memory, integrating drawn, implied or painted line. Pinching, crimping and pleating become linear reconstructions of the painted surface. Refined elements of layered Acrylic emphasizes structural tensions and fluidity of form in the final effect.  Flexible two-dimensional surfaces are realized into “almost “three- dimensional form.

Within each work are suggested responses to my curiosity about passed-down stories and lesser-known day-to-day traditions that are in continuing practice within African American heritage and culture.

By continued searching to find “spirit” references especially in Indigenous-American cultural traditions, established and evidenced in the entry origins of African-American cultural experiences, I am 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 2019-"SUZANNE JACKSON, FIVE DECADES", Jepson Art Center;  "Life Model, Charles White and His Students", LACMA; 2018-"West-By-Midwest", Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; "Soul Of A Nation, Art in the Age of Black Power", Brooklyn Museum; 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.  Selected 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;  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.