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 Thomas C. Jackson  (1950 - )

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Lived/Active: Iowa/Illinois      Known for: abstraction

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BIOGRAPHY for Thomas Jackson
1950 (Rock Island, Illinois)

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Biography from McClain Fine Art:
Thomas C. Jackson was born in Rock Island, Illinois in 1950. He studied art at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois, where he received a B.A. in 1972. He earned an M.F.A. at the University of Notre Dame in 1974. While at Notre Dame, he taught introduction to studio art courses as a teaching assistant.

Starting in his undergraduate and graduate days, Jackson exhibited his work in juried and one-person shows frequently. Upon graduation from Notre Dame, he was offered a position teaching studio art at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (one of the places he had had a one-person show.) He taught drawing, painting, and a variety of other courses at Mount Mercy for four years, 1974 to 1978.

In 1978 Jackson became Designer/Illustrator with Gloria Aleff and Associates, a small ad agency in Iowa. This experience led to a position in 1980 as a Designer at Stamats Communications, Inc. a firm that is recognized nationally as a leader in higher education marketing. During his two decades at Stamats, he also served as Design Department Head, Account Executive, Creative Director, Vice President & General Manager, and Vice President for Client Development.

It is important to note that during all of his years in communications and marketing that Jackson continued to create art, including a long series of collages and whimsical abstracts.

Jackson has exhibited in dozens of juried exhibitions, invitationals, and one-person shows, including: Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA, one-person show
Des Moines Art Center, Annual Iowa Artists Exhibition
> Snite Museum, University of Notre Dame, IN, Alumni/Faculty Exhibit
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE, Joslyn Biennial
Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, Davenport, IA, one-person show
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, Annual Mid Year Show
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, Works on Paper
Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL, Images on Paper
McAuley Gallery, Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, IA, W/C Invitational
Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College, WI, 44th Annual Beloit & Vicinity Exh.
Gruen Galleries, Chicago, Group Show

In Mid 2000 Jackson resigned his position at Stamats to concentrate his energy on art and pursue a career as a full-time artist.

Artist's Statement
"In my current work, I strive to create visual places and experiences to express my personal vision. In this respect, I agree with Mark Rothko who said "a painting is not about an experience, it is an experience." The use of simple shapes and implied light and atmosphere create impressions of new or very old places, while the use of line implies individual gesture and emotion. Specific pieces have been informed by images as ancient and mysterious as Stonehenge, and as current and explicable as computer-generated receipts, scanner bar codes, memos, and agendas.

The painting process and the materials used have also been instrumental in developing new concepts. Compositions developed on paper reach full power and potential using large scale in oil on canvas.

My body of work is united by a love of the abstract; an exploration of line, color, texture, and shape; and a combination of control and spontaneity.

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