James R Jackson Show makes great Impression

It was a windy Sunday afternoon at Manly, however, this didn’t deter the large gathering of art lovers attending the curators’ talk at Manly Art Gallery & Museum on ‘Early Impressions – James R. Jackson (1882-1975)’.

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Lou Klepac Curators’ talk at Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Art historian and publisher Lou Klepac who opened the exhibition, said:

“…[Jackson] was one of the finest landscape painters active in Sydney in the first decades of the 20th century … an exceptionally gifted painter… It is most appropriate for the Manly Gallery to recognise the importance of this, today, neglected artist.”

“… We will need to redress the wrongs done to some artists in the cause of modernism. It is time for reparation. Modernism is no longer a relevant gauge with which to go and measure the achievement of painters. So thank you to the Manly Art Gallery and curators who have put together this exhibition. “

“Plug your ears and use your eyes, go and enjoy the exceptional painterly quality, freshness and delight in colour and light of these remarkable James Jackson paintings.”

We were absolutely thrilled at the turn-out which included the artist’s daughter and her family. We feel very strongly that James R. Jackson deserves more recognition – and this level of interest means that he is getting just that.

The exhibition is exclusively on view at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum, East Esplanade, until 27 January 2013.

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