In Henry Jackson’s work, there is a strong lineage to the well-known Bay Area Figurative movement, with artists like Richard Diebenkorn, as well as Internationally known painter, Willem de Kooning. That said, Jackson has taken the figurative tradition to a compelling level, conveying a complexity of contemporary humanity in it’s ever-changing state. Jackson’s skill as a natural storyteller enables his paintings to reach deep into the human soul, touching upon what connects us all as a whole; a sensation of something that is universally identifiable. The paintings ability to grab the viewers attention and hold onto it, is a confirmation to the mastery and skill in Jackson’s work.
Gallery owner, Katie Orth, says, "I have personally found that Henry's work speaks to the sadness I can sometimes feel, and yet, bring me to an incredible feeling of happiness and achievement, too. And that is the brilliance of Henry’s art — its ability to communicate and identify with one’s current state of mind.”
A San Francisco native and resident, Jackson studied fine art, design, and psychology at San Francisco State University and the California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA, Jackson is a recipient of :Full Fellowship Award, Artist-in-Residency, Monte Azul, Costa Rica, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2012; "Hearts of San Francisco" 2012 SFGH Foundation, SF, CA; H.A.R.P. Artist-in-Residency (first recipient), San Francisco Zoological Society and The Bernard Osher Foundation, San Francisco, CA; Full Fellowship Residency Award, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; Nathan Olivera Fellowship Award, presented by MMG, San Francisco, CA; Artist-in-Residency, The De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA