I strive to make relevant, memorable American images that make people think. Often I combine images into composite artworks that act as “story starters” for viewers. I invite each viewer to search their own past, remember emotional experiences, and respond with what they think each artwork is about. I am interested in reflecting the mood and feeling of our era.
Since 2005, as I traveled around the country, I have actively sought scenes, objects, people, etc., and recorded them with photography. This photographic project has resulted in finished photographic artworks as well as become reference for paintings and drawings. Since 2008 I have also drawn live models twice a week. Working with the theme of American Narratives and moving from one medium to another has acted like cross-pollination. The process of working in each medium affects my thinking while working in the other mediums.
When one thinks about what appeals to Americans today in movies, politics, celebrities, food, etc., people seem to want to be attracted to – and repelled by images at the same time. My sometimes voyeuristic, broken-narrative compositions reflect America’s channel-changing attention span and state of mind.
Thomas C. Jackson
Born in 1950 in Rock Island, Illinois, Thomas C. Jackson received his B.A. from Western Illinois University in 1972 and his M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1974. Jackson taught art for four years at Mount Mercy College (now University) in Cedar Rapids, IA, and worked in marketing for 22 years as an illustrator, designer, creative director, account executive, and vice president for client development before becoming a full-time artist in 2000.
Jackson has exhibited his artwork in over 100 solo, invitational, and national and international juried exhibitions judged by museum curators and gallery directors from California to New York, and in Israel and Mexico. In 2007 Jackson had a major solo show of his photographs, drawings, and paintings, Iowa Pastimes: Politics and State Fairs, at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA. In 2008 he had a solo show of oil paintings, Looking for More, at the Dubuque Museum of Art in Dubuque, IA. In 2009 he had a solo show of photographs, American Narratives, at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in Cedar Rapids, IA. Recently he has participated in two-person shows of drawings, paintings, and photographs with Priscilla Steele, Dialog Human, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts in Waterloo, IA; ICON Contemporary Arts in Fairfield, IA; and the University of Northern Iowa Art Gallery in Cedar Falls, IA.
Jackson is represented by Aron Packer Projects in Chicago, IL; Moberg Gallery in Des Moines, IA; and Black Earth Gallery in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Artwork by Thomas C. Jackson is in numerous museum, corporate, and private collections including: the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA; the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA; and the Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA
Jackson has given talks about his work at museums, art centers, colleges, and universities. Jackson continues to explore the unusual side of Americana imagery in photography, painting, and most recently, ink brush drawing. His juxtaposed images reflect America’s channel-changing attention span and state of mind.