Kate Jackson at work in her (cold) studio in Leicester. February 2019.
Since studying fine art in Sheffield, Kate Jackson has focussed her attention on painting, developing a style which mimics that of screen printing by building up colour layers with the use of acrylic paint and taped stencils to produce bright, graphic images. Her work is primarily concerned with urban landscapes and architectural forms, the architecture of transportation and journeying. Removed of context, a backdrop or people, a single building often becomes the subject of a painted portrait. Structures and shapes in the landscape made by the concrete forms and shadows of these buildings inspire paintings which seem at first glance to be patterns rather than representations.
Now based in Leicester, Jackson’s work often stems from long topographical walks encompassing both the urban and rural landscape. It is the edgelands, borders and often overlooked spaces which affect the artist the most. As she walks she leaves her trace or re-traces the mark left by an earlier self or by others. Overlooked landmarks are elevated to iconic status, evoking a sense of longing or returning through ambiguity. The mundane or the otherwise ordinary is treated with a painterly precision, becoming other worldly.
Kate Jackson has also had a successful career in music, forming art rock band The Long Blondes in Sheffield in 2003. After signing to Rough Trade Records in 2006 they released two critically acclaimed albums, ‘Someone To Drive You Home’ and ‘Couples’. In 2016 Jackson released her debut solo album, ‘British Road Movies’, written in collaboration with ex Suede guitarist Bernard Butler. The record sleeve for ‘British Road Movies’, also designed by Jackson, was shortlisted for the Best Art Vinyl award in 2017.
In recent years Jackson has focussed her attention on private and commercially commissioned work, creating large scale paintings for SAGA Cruises, Denny Bros Ltd and John Stebbing Architects. In January 2018 she was commissioned to design a Heritage Lottery Funded walking trail around Bury St. Edmunds based on the life of printmaker Sybil Andrews. Her work has been widely exhibited in London, East Anglia and the South East.