1944 - 06 Jul 2013
Roy Jackson was born in London, and has lived and worked in Australia since 1959. He studied under Godfrey Miller in evening classes at East Sydney Technical College and with Wollongong artist Ron Lambert, whom he met on the ship coming out to Australia in 1959. He returned to London to study in the 1960s, and has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions in Australia since 1967. He has undertaken a number of residencies overseas including at the Australia Council Studio in New York (1978) and the Power Studio at the Cité in Paris (1994). He has won numerous prizes including the Fishers Ghost Purchase Prize (Campbelltown City Art Gallery) in 1995 and the Mosman Art Prize in 2002. There is a retrospective of his work planned for 2013 at the Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra.
'Backback' is from a group of drawings that take as their starting point a piece of door hardware, which is immediately transformed through layered tonal and linear marks in oilstick and pastel. "...These marks, unforced, intuitive and spontaneously generated as instinctively space and paced" (T. Maloon, 'Roy Jackson' Defiance Gallery catalogue, 2013). Firmly grounded in the material world, they evoke still life as well as dappled light and movement, with an energetic pictorial surface, vigorously executed.
synthetic polymer paint, oilstick, pencil on paper
57.0 x 76.0 cm sheet; 84.7 x 101.1 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., pencil "R. M. J/ 2012".
Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Benefactors Fund 2013
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
Roy Jackson retrospective, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 27 Feb 2015–12 Apr 2015
Referenced in 1 publication
Roy Jackson: painting & works on paper'., Roy Jackson: painting & works on paper, 'Defiance Gallery invites you to a new exhibition, Sydney, 2013, n.pag. (colour illus.). A5 & A4 size 3-fold format