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
Following the first retrospective of Bill Jacklin's graphic work at the Royal Academy in London this summer, Bohun Gallery's exhibition focuses on the artists' monotypes. A masterclass in the creation of atmosphere, movement and space, Jacklin creates these unique works by painting rapidly on to a zinc plate which he spritzes with turpentine and oil to create dazzling light effects. The artist then makes a single impression on to paper to create the one-off image, bringing it closer in status to a drawing or painting than a traditional print.
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.
The exhibition coincides with the publication of two new books: Bill Jacklin: Graphics (RA Publications, 2016) with writing by Jill Lloyd and Nancy Campbell and Bill Jacklin's New York (Scala, 2016) featuring an introduction by Sting and interview with Michael Peppiatt.
To see a film about Bill Jacklin's work and his recent exhibition at the Royal Academy, please CLICK HERE
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