The viewer is confronted with the somber overall colors of the painting while also being drawn into the lighter internal emotions in the way he captures his own image. In 1952, Jackson went the University of Illinois graduate School of Fine Arts. After completing his degree, he joined the faculty at the university where he would remain for the next 33 years. Jackson had a wide variety of artistic talents ranging from watercolor paintings, woodblock paintings and mural creation.
He is most known for his unique style of realism, when many of his contemporaries were moving towards abstract painting. He is also known for his ability to capture the everyday activities, both indoors and outdoors, of people living in the Midwest.
Most of his paintings capture humanity by working with contradictions within the piece to create a more complex array of emotions. Jackson had a fascination with prairie life using landscape paintings to bring that world alive for the viewer.What emotions do you feel when looking at. Consider the use of space and colors do they make you feel an unending possibility in the land or an unending loneliness? What kind of life do you imagine within this house and is it a life you would want to live?
Jackson found great success in his art throughout his life with an endless amount of awards given for his artwork. Many of his pieces are still on display in museums. He did not stray away from sensitive issues or controversy, in fact, he often used his artistic fame to create and circulate famous posters that were loaded with political commentary. In one such political poster, entitled. Jackson uses both the title, which is the name for the original confederate flag, and the imagery of the American Flag to symbolize how African Americans are still oppressed and confined within America.
He painted this piece during the Civil Rights Movement. He also had an unquestionable love of nature and humanity and a strong hatred of those who encouraged their destruction. His evolution as an artist was closely connected to his ability to take in the world around him and capture both the good and bad. We can see this in his early works, which hearken back to his days in Mexico, and through the end of his life in his commentary on the social environment of America. Jackson was a radical social thinker never apologizing for stating his ideas through his work making him an inspiration to many.
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