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Bill Jacklin Continues his Decades-Long Exploration into People and Places at Marlborough Fine Art

  • Bill Jacklin exhibition
  • Bill Jacklin exhibition
  • Bill Jacklin exhibition
April 4, 2016
Gordana Sretenović. Teaching English and writing for a living. Obsessed with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Desires to travel the world and not have a permanent address. Occasionally writes poetry.

Marlborough Fine Art is delighted to present Bill Jacklin solo exhibition featuring his recent works. Bill Jacklin has a long, 35-year-long history with the gallery, and is famous for his neo-figurative art. Jacklin became notable back in the 1960s in London as a representative of abstract art, producing artworks comprised of dots and grids. The British artist has studied graphics at Walthamstow School of Art and attended the Royal College of Art. The internationally exhibited artist will once again prove why he is considered to be one of the prominent figures in the figurative painting world, and display his amazing artworks at Marlborough Fine Art gallery once again. This exhibition occurs simultaneously with Jacklin’s solo show at the Royal Academy of Arts and the publication of two new books, but more on that later.

Bill Jacklin exhibition
Bill Jacklin – New York Harbour, 2003, monotype, 88 x 71 cm, Copyright Bill Jacklin, Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art, London

The Figurative Painter and the Lover of New York

As previously mentioned, Jacklin has made abstract art at the beginning of his career, but soon became infatuated with the magic of figure painting, despite his success in the abstract world. He was at a time ostracized for leaving the abstraction, but that did not stop him, as he soon moved to Manhattan which over time became his muse. His love for the city has resulted in a number of works including the scenes of New York, and the energy of the people in Times Square, Grand Central Station, and Coney Island. He has stated that he finds inspiration on every corner of every street in New York. The city is simultaneously constant and changing, and the artist feels that he can always re-invent himself when he is there. This radiating energy can be seen in the urban portrait Sun, Rain and Snow over Fifth Avenue II. In this picture, figures of people pace through the street with colorful umbrellas, and the sun is breaking through in spite of the snow and the rain.

Bill Jacklin exhibition
Bill Jacklin – Sea and Stars at Night (diptych), 2015, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 cm each, Copyright Bill Jacklin, Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art, London

Closet Abstractionist

Jacklin has described himself as a “closet abstractionist”, and this illustration is spot on since the abstract tendencies are definitely extant in his figurative artworks. His city landscapes look as if they were patterns of light and dark, which makes them familiar and remote at the same time. His works also evoke the impressionistic technique, especially in the painting Tempest in the Square NYC. In this painting, two figures are rushing through the square, trying to get through the incensed storm of white snow. In the diptych Sea and Stars at Night, Bill Jacklin depicts the illumination of stars over the sea at nighttime. The majority of the painting is occupied by the night sky with sparkling stars, and the beach can only be seen at the bottom of the picture.

Bill Jacklin exhibition
Bill Jacklin – Times Square in the Rain III, 2012, monotype, 69 x 56 cm, Copyright Bill Jacklin, Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art, London

Bill Jacklin Exhibition

Bill Jacklin: Paintings and Monotypes will be exhibited at Marlborough Fine Art gallery from May 6th to June 7th, 2016. The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, May 5th, from 6 PM to 8 PM, at 6 Albemarle Street, London. As previously mentioned, this exhibition coincides with his show of graphic works at the Royal Academy of Arts, from June 3rd to August 28th, 2016. Also, two books will be published: Bill Jacklin:Graphics, published by RA Publications, with writing by Jill Lloyd and Nancy Campbell, and Bill Jacklin’s New York, published by Scala, featuring a preface by Sting and interview with Michael Peppiatt. Bill Jacklin is an artist who has had exhibitions all over the world, at the British Museum and Tate Gallery in London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Brooklyn Museum in New York, to name a few.

Credit information: Bill Jacklin, Marlborough Fine Art, London, 6 May – 7 June 2016, www.marlboroughlondon.comFeatured images: Bill Jacklin – Clouds and Sky I, 2015, monotype, 56 x 65 cm, Copyright Bill Jacklin, Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art, London | Bill Jacklin – Tempest in the Square NYC, 2015, oil on canvas, 60 x 66 cm, Copyright Bill Jacklin, Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art, London | Bill Jacklin – Sun, Rain and Snow over Fifth Avenue II, 2015, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 cm, Copyright Bill Jacklin, Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art, London