Mark Jackson will exhibit his ceramic work at the Arnold Art Gallery in Mason, Texas from March 1 through April 2. An opening reception 5-7 pm on March 1 coincides with Mason Art Walk, and will feature a gallery talk by the artist at 5:30 pm. He will discuss the processes of the work on sale in the exhibit.
As an artist for 30 years, Mark Jackson has practiced his craft through a diversity of mediums, styles and subjects. He says that his inspiration and motivation come from the ÒexperienceÓ of making art, not limiting himself to tried and true successes. “I constantly challenge my boundaries, never compromising. Over the years I have honed the art of simplicity to utilize subtle elements in my work, a Òless is moreÓ approach toward the relationship of form and function. Process is the vehicle I use for expression and problem solving is my strength. I was born with a need to create things for myself and for others to enjoy.”
Jackson graduated with a BFA in painting and ceramics from The Memphis Academy of Arts in Memphis, Tennessee. He studied ceramics under the acclaimed teachings of ceramics masters Peter Sohngen, Jeff Oestrich, Ken Ferguson, and Tom Coleman. Jackson’s 30 years of work in the arts have garnered him numerous awards for his paintings and ceramic works. His art has been exhibited alongside the works of famous artists, such as renowned glass artists Dale Chihuly and William Morris.
Throughout the country, collectors as well as art patrons have purchased his work. He has given workshops and demonstrations on pottery techniques, and lectures on the business of art. He has traveled through Mexico, Europe, and Australia to increase his knowledge of art and ceramics. Now with his new ceramic studio in Ingram, Texas is complete, Jackson’s latest endeavor is to conduct workshops and to offer studio space to serious artists for advancement in the field of ceramics.
Mark pursues other talents as a singer songwriter/musician recording artist. He is also a graphic artist serving as co-producer and art director for the Kerr County People Magazine in Kerrville, Texas. In January, 2012, Mark finished his tenure as President of the Hill Country Arts Foundation and currently serves on the HCAF’s Board of Directors focusing on the future development of the ceramics department.
The Arnold Art Gallery invites the public to see the exhibit March 1 - April 2, and meet Mr. Jackson at the opening during Mason Art Walk March 1, 5-7 p.m.