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 Everett Gee Jackson  (1900 - 1995)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape, illustration, figure

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Mexia, TX on Oct. 8, 1900, Jackson grew up on a ranch near Dallas.  After entering Texas A & M University as an architecture student, he soon opted for an art career.  He continued his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago.  In the summer of 1923 he made his first trip to Mexico and established a studio near Guadalajara.  While there, he was greatly influenced by Rivera and Orozco.  From that time on Mexican motifs dominated his art.

The classic Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson is amply illustrated with his work.  In 1928 he moved north to San Diego where he would remain.  He received his M.A. degree from USC and taught at San Diego State College from 1930 until retirement in 1963. (A gallery there is named in his honor.)  A pre-Columbian art specialist, he wrote articles on the subject and was honored by the Limited Editions Club and Heritage Press for his contributions. Jackson died in San Diego on March 4, 1995.

Member: San Diego Art Guild (pres.).

Exhibited:
Texas State Fair, 1926 (prize); Bohemian Club, 1928; SFAA, 1929 (prize); Southern Calif. Artists (San Diego), 1930, 1931 (prize); Calif. State Fair, 1930; Faulkner Gallery (Santa Barbara), 1933; Laguna Beach AA, 1933-34 (prize); Foundation of Western Art (LA), 1934; LACMA, 1934 prize); SFMA, 1935; Chouinard Gallery (LA), 1937; NY Worlds Fair, 1939; GGIE, 1939; Montecito Country Club, 1940; CPLH, 1946; Calif. Centennial, 1950; Yale University, 1993.

In: PAFA; San Diego Museum; Houston Museum; LACMA; NMAA.
Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); Creative Art, Oct. 1927; American Art Annual 1933; Who's Who in American Art 1936-73; Artists of the American West (Samuels); Plein Air Painters (Ruth Westphal); San Diego Tribune, 3-5-1995 (obituary).
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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Everett Gee Jackson (1900-1995)

Everett Jackson was best known for his illustrations for childrens books but was also an accomplished painter and lithographer.  Born in Mexia, Texas, Jackson pursued an academic course while attending Texas A&M University.  He studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois and also at San Diego State College in California, where he later joined the faculty from 1930 to 1963.  In the 1920s Jackson spent time in Mexico where the famous painter Diego Rivera influenced him.  His early semi-abstract style through the 1930s was achieved primarily with watercolors.  In the 1940s he worked mainly with oils on canvas and also focused on illustration.

He exhibited at the California State Fair in 1930 and at the San Francisco Museum of (Modern) Art in 1935.  Everett Jackson created illustrations for many well-known childrens books including the book Ramona, by Helen Hunt Jackson.

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