Kurt Jackson – The Dart
Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall
4 September 2010 – 2 October 2010
Private View: 3 September 2010
Childhood memories of rural idyll mixed with a schoolboy‟s excited view of war are
at the heart of a new exhibition by the renowned West Cornwall-based artist Kurt
The show takes place at the prestigious Lemon Street Gallery in Truro this
September and tells the story of the artist‟s detailed exploration of the River Dart in
Kurt explained: “I grew up with stories about my father‟s evacuation, age 12, from the
East End of London to Dartmouth and the rural chapter of his life that he spent there.
When I asked him about it he wrote me a kind of diary about having a wonderful
childhood by a river, fishing, crabbing and generally playing in the sun.
“He also wrote about the war in Dartmouth with the town being full of commandos
doing daring raids across the water and the excitement of being a young lad and
witnessing all that and being able to meet and talk to them.
“For me the stories and the material in them were very powerful and so I decided to
go first to that place to see if for myself and then to trace the river back and find out
where it came from.”
Described in the Financial Times as „one of Britain‟s most compelling contemporary
painters‟ Kurt Jackson has had a distinguished career spanning almost thirty years.
Born in Dorset, he studied Zooology at Oxford before setting off on a journey around
the world that was to open his eyes to the depth and details of a myriad of
environments and cultures that enrich his work to this day.
For Kurt there is nothing to be gained by capturing a fleeting impression. Instead, his
aim is to convey his feelings and sense of awareness of a particular environment
that he knows intimately. It is an awareness made all the more intense by his deep
understanding of natural history, ecology, politics and environmental issues.
The new show will chart Kurt‟s progress as he made his way along the Dart and will
be accompanied by a documentary, filmed throughout the journey by his wife
Kurt explained: “I very much hope the paintings in the exhibition will reflect the
diversity of the landscape. What makes it special is the hugely range of terrain that it
crosses through from the barren, windswept moorland to the untouched ancient
woodland. It is one of those routes with the perfect combination of woods and rock
together and aesthetically in terms of its flora and fauna it is absolutely wonderful.”
On show at Lemon Street Gallery will be three floors of Kurt‟s work including
paintings, sculpture and pottery together with the results of his print-making and a
much coveted limited edition artist‟s book. Poems written by Kurt during his travels
will also be given an airing.
Summing up his journey along the Dart, Kurt said: “I‟ve walked the river, swum in it,
snorkelled it and boated on it. I‟ve tried to become as intimate with it as possible. It
was a very fruitful experience and actually a true delight.”
“Kurt Jackson – The Dart” opens at Lemon Street Gallery on 4 September
2010. PV 3 September.
Lemon Street Gallery, 13 Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2LS
Tel: 01872 275757