It was the great Dr Johnson who observed that 'When two Englishmen meet their first talk is of the weather'. It should be no surprise then that the vagaries and variety of our island weather should have impressed itself upon the sensibilities of our iconic artists. Turner and Constable spring to mind, but Mr Jacklin too is a great observer and renderer of the air in all of its moods and vapours.
Sting, Jan 2015
Bill Jacklin is one of the most exciting and individual artists of the generation that first came to prominence in the 1960s. He made his reputation in London but left for America in 1985 and has since spent his life exploring the 'flowing and pulsating energy' of New York. His images of ice skaters at Rockefeller Centre, Coney Island bathers and teeming crowds at Grand Central Station brilliantly capture the city's elemental beauty and drama.
Born in 1943 and raised in London, Bill Jacklin attended the Royal College of Art. In 1989 he was inducted into the prestigious Royal Academy of Art, and in 1991 was elected Royal Academician. Jacklin at first worked with abstraction, and as his interest changed toward studies of light and movement, he began to work with figuration. The abstract tendencies of Jacklin are present in his figurative works, as his crowded city landscapes often appear as patterns of light and dark, making them simultaneously remote and familiar.
Jacklin does not make prints regularly, but every couple of years has focused intervals of printmaking concentrating on monotypes. Jacklin explained his method, stating he does not start with a composition, but, "has a black plate and floods the light in." In his recent monotypes the addition of aquatint to the monoprint plate adds depth to his powerful monochromatic images.
Jacklin's work is in collections worldwide, including: the Arts Council of Great Britain, London, England; Art Gallery of New South Wales; British Museum; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum Boymans-van-Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Tate Britain, London; Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation, Switzerland; Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Yale Center for British Art, USA.
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