Jonathan Paul Jackson
J. Paul Jackson is a Visual Artist from Houston, Texas. He works in all mediums of Art, including Painting, Sculpture, and Illustration. At the age of 11, he completed his first large-scale painting and by the age of 16 was showing in coffee shops in the Houston area. Jackson has some formal education in Art but is mostly self-taught.
At the age of 19, he curated his first show with two already established Painter J. Antonio Farfan, Photographer Daniel Kayne and Himself. His Fabric and Stitched Art was his first full series, which included 25 pieces, which was displayed at Cafe Brazil in Houston, Texas in 2006. In 2008 J. Paul Jackson started curating Art shows for fellow Visual Artist, putting his own art career to the side for a couple of years, but he never stopped sketching and drawing. In 2011, he returned to his Art producing a series of Oil pastel works Jazz greats, Political figures, and everyday objects. His other works involve experimenting in Neo-Expressionism on a series of action paintings.
Jonathan’s current paintings are his results after experimenting with color and researching the masters of color, Matisse, Warhol, and Gauguin. When he started with researching the Masters of Color, he soon realized that it was not the colors they used to create the work but how they applied the paint/color to the surface that truly defined them as “Masters of Color.”
Warhol applied the color before screen-printing on top of it. Instead of the traditional method of painting, which is where you apply the outline first then the color. His processed was reversed. Matisse use color was more on the technical side, while studying under the painter John Peter Russell, Matisse was taught color theory by Russell from 1896-97. This will help Matisse in this exploration of color throughout his entire painting career.
Since reading the biographies of the “Masters of Color”, Jonathan has created what some say to be his most exciting and thought provoking work to date, combining the practices of mark making and exploration in color. JPJ explores the historical symbolism of the tribal people and interprets the imagery found there into his modern style; creating a personal totem by “writing” with their language.