A Cornish Bestiary
22 September 2015 - 14 October 2015

A Cornish Bestiary  

Exhibition at The Redfern Gallery

Natural history and the arts have been the two threads running throughout Jackson s life. Jackson has chosen to look again at zoology and make a body of work about fauna. Many of the subjects are the day to day animals he comes across – the birds, insects, fish but others have been sought out – looked for – the more unusual species.

The idea of a ‘bestiary goes back to medieval times when religious instruction led to the interpretation of animal life often using beautiful illustrations for this purpose. Later many artists followed this idea but without the religious context.

This exhibition aims to celebrate the diversity of life around Jackson in his day to day life in Cornwall. The moth on the windowpane, the fish in the pond, the toad in the garden, the bird on the roof.


A Kurt Jackson Bestiary

A new publication by Kurt Jackson

Launching 22nd September 2015 at The Redfern Gallery

The book is available with a forward written by John Krebs and an introduction by Charlotte Mullins.

For this book, Jackson has returned to zoology, the subject he studied at university, to create a beautiful bestiary: a body of work about fauna.

Jackson's contemporary bestiary extends the religious medieval tradition, looking closely at both everyday and lesser-known species of birds, insects, mammals and fish in order to stimulate readers' connections with and appreciation of the world around them.

Combining stunning imagery with commentaries and poems written by the artist, the book gives fascinating insights into the working life of one of the most popular and original artists working in Britain today, and makes a perfect companion to both Kurt Jackson (2012) and Kurt Jackson Sketchbooks (2012/2014).


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