Jackson, River Avon Part 1: from source to Bath
An evocative new exhibition by
one of Britain’s most exciting landscape artists is to get its
world premiere at Bath & North East Somerset Council’s
Victoria Art Gallery.
The show will be opened by Tim
Smith, co-founder and Chief Executive of
the Eden Project at 6.30 pm on Friday 30 March. Preceding the
opening, from 5.30 to 6.00, will be a gallery talk by Kurt Jackson
about the project.
For this exhibition, which runs
from Saturday, 31 March to Thursday, 7 June, at the gallery,
Cornish-based artist Kurt Jackson has created a series of paintings
encapsulating the atmosphere and feel of the River Avon, from its
source at Didmartin as far as the bridges and weirs of Bath.
Jon Benington, Manager of the
Victoria Art Gallery, said: “Most of the pictures were created
out-of-doors during 2005 and 2006. Locations visited along this
fluvial route include the well known, such as Avoncliff, the Dundas
Aquaduct, Batheaston, Bathford and of course Bath itself, as well as
those less visited secret stretches. Kurt
Jackson is one of this country’s leading contemporary artists.
The paintings show his direct connection with nature, and the series
is a fantastic visual document of the river.”
paintings range in size from a few inches across to over 10 feet
wide. A further series is expected to be completed by 2009, showing
the rest of the Avon’s journey from Bath to the sea.
Packer, art critic and painter, noted: "We too tread his
project-trail along the bank, by the sketch-books he fills and the
paintings he has made, sit with him in the sun, listen with him to
the birds that he makes note of on his margins, to the rustle in the
grass, and the gentle rushing of the water."
Entrance for the stunning
exhibition is free of charge, and the proceeds of the sale of one of
the paintings will be donated to the charity, Water Aid.
In the artist’s own
words: “When I was a kid I used to spend weekends with my
grandparents on the Somerset/ Wiltshire border. One of the highlights
of these trips was early on the Sunday morning before the rest of the
family were awake, my father and I would creep out of the house to
walk across the misty, dew covered fields towards Bradford-on- Avon.
This is my first memory of this fine English river.
He added: “Over the last
few years I’ve completed several projects about rivers –
in this country and on the continent. To follow a river from its
source as it grows and changes, erodes and meanders, evolving itself
and the land; this is not just a journey, getting to know the river
itself, but is also about discovering and understanding the host
countryside - the history, people, culture, wildlife. The river
becomes a metaphor for life itself.”
This is the second time that
Kurt Jackson has shown work at the Victoria Art Gallery. His previous
exhibition Two Woods, held in summer 2004, proved hugely popular,
attracting 14,700 visitors.
Councillor Paul Crossley,
Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “I am
delighted that we are able to show these beautiful scenes locally,
the paintings offer a stunning view of the changing face of the river
as it passes through our district. I hope people will enjoy seeing
their local landmarks portrayed so beautifully.”
All the paintings will be for
sale, and full details about the exhibition are available on the
Gallery’s website at www.victoriagal.org.uk
or by calling 01225 477233.
The Victoria Art Gallery is
open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1.30-5pm. The Gallery is
closed on Monday and admission is free.
Notes for editors
Photo, feature and filming
opportunities are available. Please contact; Jenny Clarke, Media
and Communications Officer, to make arrangements, on 01225 477827 or
in 1961, Kurt Jackson has always had a fascination with nature and
studied zoology at St Peter’s College in Oxford during which
time he attended art courses at the Ruskin College of Art.In
1984 he moved to Penwith in Cornwall and has used the local coastal
landscape as a key motif in much of his work.During
the past 25 years he has exhibited extensively and has had numerous
further information and/or images please contact; Jon Benington,
Manager of the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath on 01225 477232;
further comment, please contact; Councillor Paul Crossley, Leader
of Bath & North East Somerset Council, on 01225 477496 or email
by Bath & North East Somerset Council press office, tel 01225
477827 or 477283.