Sunday, October 7, 2007

Kurt Jackson - The Cornish Crows

Kurt Jackson works primarily from the St Just area of Cornwall where wild moorland sweeps down to the Atlantic ocean via steep valleys and rugged cliffs. His latest exhibition, at Lemon Street Gallery Truro, focuses on The Cornish Crows (An Bryny Kernow) such as magpies, choughs and jackdaws. It also encompasses his famous land/seascapes including Crow point on the Scillies.

As usual most of the exhibits have sold (I visited on the final day) including my personal favourite We lie on our backs and watch the crows mobbing a buzzard above, (image from the catalogue, cropped). Mixed media on canvas, 122cm x 122cm, £13,500. I've not seen Kurt work on sky like this before, the quality of the light is almost luminous and seems to move as it is viewed from different angles.

Magpie wedding in Harvey's Croft - gorse and morning sunshine, (image from catalogue, cropped) shows Kurt's powerful use of colour, evoking the smell of cinnamon and hum of bees that pervade a Cornish hedge in full bloom. Mixed media, 57 x 59cm, £5,850.

There were less of his trademark huge 'light on water' paintings in this show but his range and depth of study more than compensated, with sketches, etchings and small sculptures being shown alongside watercolour, oils and mixed media pieces.

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