A passionate artist since childhood, Melbourne based artist Kirsten Jackson studied Visual Arts at the prestigious Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and has gone on to have a flourishing and fulfilling art career. For the last 15 years Kirsten has worked as a professional artist, concentrating predominantly on abstraction. Her career has followed an impressive upward trajectory, collecting a notable array of Australian art awards and highly commended prizes along the way. Her international standing and profile were consolidated in 2014 with sell-out shows in London and Singapore. Kirsten also exhibited and was enthusiastically received in Hamburg, Amsterdam and Stockholm. Her work also featured on the Australian high-rating television series “The Block”. She has featured in many publications, including Home Beautiful Magazine, The Sun Herald and Modern Home Magazine.
My main motivation is to portray the inherent beauty and harmony that exists in the inter-relationship of colour, composition and form. I like to work on several pieces simultaneously and my process involves building up layers of materials and textures. My initial layers are thin and fluid, inks and watercolours, and as the paintings progress I move into thicker paints, acrylics, varnishes and glazes. I even have a fondness for house paints! I love the way the work builds: it is an art in itself to know when the piece is complete. Time is a crucial element of my works. I will take an artwork which I think is finished into my home, and live with it for a few weeks. This way the painting gets to tell me if it is complete, or if I need to add or subtract any element. Painting and waiting, if you will. The challenges of composition and palette are paramount when working in abstraction, as there is nowhere to hide, no figuration to divert attention from the purity of the application of paint. This sheer act of application is the nexus of my creative motivation. It is the love of the media and the colour that propels the brush. I start from an open place within, just as I start with a blank canvas. I avoid a self-conscious intention. Abstraction for me is a way to communicate the ineffable. Colours carry emotions, capture and reflect light. The way the colours exist together, side by side and in varying layers of transparency and opacity is my vehicle, my means towards a perception of visual delight, ease and harmony. I strive for a sense of peace with my abstractions. Primarily I want these works to emanate a constant pulse of joy to and for the viewer. Then I know my work is done.
For more on Kirsten Jackson see www.kirstenjackson.com.au