The human form is deconstructed and transformed at the hands of
artist of Henry
. In his works, cacophonous
fields of paint give way to what appear to be figures in motion. Each one a
whirlwind of color, his paintings feature urgent mark-making, in effect
articulating impressions of time and movement through slathered knife strokes of
paint. Jackson captures the poetry of his medium and denies instant
comprehension. His work asks the viewer to slow down and look with different
eyes, digging into the core of their compositions as one grapples with their
subject matter. Closer scrutiny of the artist’s works reveals a personal
history worked and reworked, and teeming with contradiction and resolution.
Jackson’s paintings feature a wide array of palettes; muted greens
and blue-grays are balanced with shocks of deep orange, golden yellow, and fire
red. The mid-career works created by Willem de Kooning
after his move to Long Island come to mind.
Made predominantly with a combination of oil paint and cold wax, Jackson gives
his works seductive, textured surface. His compositions are based on a central
axis that is slightly skewed, creating both stability and energy. The artist’s
suggestions of figuration occupy this convergent space, the nexuses of creation
and destruction in the turning gyre of these rich chromatic tableaux.