Jonathan Paul Jackson (b. 1984)
J. Paul Jackson is a Visual Artist from Houston, Texas. He works in all mediums of Art, including Painting, Sculpture and Illustration. At the age of 11, he completed his first large scale painting and by the age of 16 was showing in coffee shops in the Houston area. Jackson has some formal education in Art but is mostly self-taught.
At the age of 19, he curated his first show with two already established Painter J. Antonio Farfan, Photographer Daniel Kayne and Himself. His Fabric and Stitched Art was his first full series, which included 25 pieces, which was displayed at Cafe Brazil in Houston, Texas in 2006. In 2008 J. Paul Jackson started curating Art shows for fellow Visual Artist, putting his own art career to the side for a couple of years, but he never stopped sketching and drawing. In 2011, he returned to his Art producing a series of Oil pastel works Jazz greats, Political figures and everyday objects. His other works involve experimenting in Neo-Expressionism on a series of action paintings.
Jonathan's current paintings are his results after experimenting with color and researching the masters of color, Matisse, Warhol and Gauguin. When he started with researching the Masters of Color, he soon realized that it was not the colors they used to create the work but how they applied the paint/color to the surface that truly defined them as "Masters of Color."
Warhol applied the color before screen-printing on top of it. Instead of the traditional method of painting, which is where you apply the outline first then the color. His processed was reversed. Matisse use color was more on the technical side, while studying under the painter John Peter Russell, Matisse was taught color theory by Russell from 1896-97. This will help Matisse in this exploration of color throughout his entire painting career.
Since reading the biographies of the "Masters of Color”, Jonathan has created what some say to be his most exciting and thought provoking work to date, combining the practices of mark making and exploration in color. JPJ explores the historical symbolism of the tribal people and interprets the imagery found there into his modern style; creating a personal totem by “writing” with their language.
2017 Group Show, Lullwood Group, San Antonio Texas
Tell me I Can't, SXSW event, Austin, Texas
Galveston Art Walk, Galveston, Texas
Group Show, Sanpai Gallery, Galveston, Texas
Group Show, MKT Bar, Houston, Texas
2016 Contact: Two-Man Show with Andrew Schmidt, Toplogy Gallery, Austin, Texas
Trust Me Daddy, Safe House Gallery, Houston, Texas
East Austin Studio Tour, Topology Gallery, Austin, Texas
By the Pound, Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, Texas
Art Bash, Austin Art Alliance, Austin, Texas
Group Show, Flight Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
Locus, Alt Gallery, Austin, Texas
Artifacts and Fotos, Flight Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
SXSW art installation, American Greeting Card Company, Austin, Texas
Meditations: Art of the African Diasporas, Texas Southern University Art Museum, Houston, Texas. Curated by Dr. Alvia Wardlaw.
Untitled Exhibition #003, Tomo Mags, Houston, Texas
2015 Collective Solid, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, Texas
Artifacts, El Rincon Social, Houston, Texas
2014 Group Show, Alonzo Gallery, Houston, Texas
The Group Show, Little Pink Monster, Austin, Texas
Solo, Mid Main Windows, Houston, Texas
2013 When the Going was Good (Solo), Little Pink Monster, Austin, Texas
2007 Black\Gold: Two-Man Showwith Adrian Landon Brooks, Sucker Punch Art Gallery, Houston, Texas
2005 The Great Adventures, The Private Residence of Daniel Kane, Houston, Texas
A Touch of Felt (Solo), Cafe Brazil, Houston, Texas