Dan Jackson - Birthday Boy

Dan Jackson /   Daniel Jackson

United States 1970



Dan Jackson
Daniel Jackson
United States
December 18, 2015
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Dan Jackson is an American contemporary artist born in 1970 in Camden, South Carolina. He is well known for his realistic still-life paintings.

Art by Dan Jackson

Dan Jackson - Pileup, 2013 - detail
Dan Jackson – Pileup, 2013 – detail

Dan Jackson received his BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, in 1993, and his MFA in Studio Arts from University of Delaware, Newark, DE in 2011. He has always been intrigued by still-life, so the most of his time as an artist has been spent exploring this genre. The first piece of artistic advice came from his high school teacher, who told Jackson simply to paint what he sees. He didn’t think it was a good advice at the moment, but his entire artwork came out of it. There was no need for some kind of secret, magical technique, which would make it easier. If it seems too difficult, do not over-think it. Just use your eyes and look.

Art by Dan Jackson

Dan Jackson - Dubble Bubble, 2009 - New Astronaut, 2015 - Lemonhead, 2010
Dan Jackson – Dubble Bubble, 2009 / New Astronaut, 2015 / Lemonhead, 2010

Inspiration comes from everyday object found in houses – from furniture, bags of candies, a ship in a bottle, fruits in a bag, to toys. Sometimes Jackson just sees an object, and the idea is born. That’s what happened with inflatable toys, and some great pieces were made. Recently, the artist has been trying to revisit old paintings and change them dramatically. Landscapes are the perfect way in injecting a narrative into a still-life. Also, see-through objects like fruits in a bag or a ship in a bottle are themes of some of Jackson’s work. They are interesting because the color of the object is the same as the color of the background, and that makes a good base for some great artworks.

Art by Dan Jackson

Dan Jackson - Weight of the World, 2008 - Ode to Fat Chair, 2009
Dan Jackson – Weight of the World, 2008 / Ode to Fat Chair, 2009

He is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

Dan Jackson lives and works in Claymont, Delaware.

All images courtesy of the artist.

YearExhibitions TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014ManufacturedDelaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Dupont Gallery, Wilmington, DESolo
2013FictionsDelaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Hatch Gallery, Wilmington, DESolo
2011Natura MortaDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2011Seven Masters Thesis ExhibitUniversity of Delaware at the Crane, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2009Art of PlayDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008New Still Life PaintingsDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2006Floral InterpretationsAnne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe, IlGroup
200613th Annual Realism InvitationalKlaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2005On Reflection: Still Lifes of Daniel JacksonHandwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NYSolo
2005Art LADolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2004Brothers: Daniel & Ned Jackson, Recent Paintings & PhotographsCarspecken-Scott Gallery, Wilmington, DESolo
2004Award-Winners 3Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DEGroup
2004New BloodFiner Things Gallery, Nashville, TNGroup
2004The Jackson FourDelaware Art Museum Sales & Rental Gallery, Wilmington, DEGroup
2002Fresh PaintCarspecken-Scott Gallery, Wilmington, DESolo
200260th Annual Painting ExhibitionCheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PAGroup
2002Northern LightCarspecken-Scott Gallery, Wilmington, DEGroup
2001Invitational:12Carspecken-Scott Gallery, Wilmington, DEGroup
2001Summer Group ExhibitionCarspecken-Scott Gallery, Wilmington, DEGroup
1997New WorkDelaware Division of the Arts, Wilmington, DESolo
1992VirtueVirginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VASolo
1991Juried ExhibitionAnderson Gallery, Richmond, VAGroup
1990Juried ExhibitionAnderson Gallery, Richmond, VAGroup
1989Juried ExhibitionAnderson Gallery, Richmond, VAGroup
1986PortraitsLewis County Building, Wilmington, DESolo