Vanessa Jackson, on first reading, appears to take the most formal approach to painting, but her use of geometry and its three dimensional function deny the supposed flatness of modernist space. Jackson's work explores the contradiction of a fully realised space at once pertaining to logic and completeness and uncertainty and unease. The ornamental and optical play of colour acts to both confirm and confuse our sense of perception, constantly shifting between concrete presence and the ambiguity of space beyond our grasp. Jackson destabilises the very 'ground' we most desire, a sense of security and belonging.

In 2015 Jackson was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts and in 2014 gave The RA Schools Annual Lecture, supported by the David Lean Foundation.

Jackson's new publication Off The Wall, 2014, a book on her wall paintings with text by Rebecca Geldard is availble from Pavilionary Press.

Jackson's work is also included in, PAINTING (Documents of Contemporary Art) by Terry Myers, Whitechapel Art Gallery/MIT, 2011 and Contemporary British Women Artists: In Their Own Words, by Rebecca Fortnum, published by IB Tauris, 2012.

You can view Jackson in the ICA The Trouble with Painting panel discussion 2010.

In 1986 & 1994 Jackon's woodcuts accompanied the Poems of James Laughlin in two publications The House of Light published by Grenfell Press, & A Secret Language published by Cast Iron Press/Penelope Hughes-Stanton. A Secret Language is available by request from the artist.

Selected Works