The full title of this print, as given in text included in the picture itself, is "Catacol gorse with oystercatchers calling". Catacol is a small village on the Isle of Arran, on Scotland's west coast. The foreground of this monochrome print is dominated by the tangled mass of gorse which gives it its title. Beyond this the calm sea occupies the whole of the middle of the frame, with the mainland beyond. From the light on the sea and the outlines of the clouds we sense this is the evening of what has been a fine day. The print as a whole has a calm, meditative quality, and with just a little imagination the viewer can hear, as the only sound in the landscape, the bird-calls to which the artist draws attention by means of the text included within the print in an unorthodox manner.
Kurt Jackson MA (Oxon) DLitt (Hon) RWA was born is 1961 in Blandford, Dorset. He graduated from St Peter's College, Oxford with a degree in Zoology in 1983. While there, he spent most of his time painting and attending courses at Ruskin College of Art, Oxford. On gaining his degree he travelled extensively and independently, painting wherever he went. He travelled to the Arctic alone and hitched across Africa with his wife. This has given him a broad experience of environments and cultures which has enriched his work with a unique insight and an attention to detail. He moved to Cornwall in 1984 where he still lives and works.
A dedication to and celebration of the environment is intrinsic to both his politics and his art and a holistic involvement with his subjects provides the springboard for his formal innovations. Jackson's practice involves both plein air and studio work and embraces an extensive range of materials and techniques including mixed media, large canvases, print making and sculpture.
He has been Artist in Residence on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, at the Eden Project and at Glastonbury Festival since 1999. He has an Honorary Doctorate (DLitt) from Exeter University and is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter's College, Oxford University. He is an ambassador for Survival International and frequently works with Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, WaterAid, Oxfam and Cornwall Wildlife Trust. He is represented by the Redfern Gallery in Cork Street, London and by Lemon Street Gallery, Truro. He is an academician at the Royal West of England Academy.