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Catalogue Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition Barry Jackson


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Catalogue Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition Barry Jackson

  1. 1. Bclrry Jackson
  2. 2. Bclrry Jackson 2013 "me human specres canrror Survrve wrlnour me animals Pernaps like me busrrrrrorr we wrii one day learn ro live alongside them ins/ ecld of exploiting them until they are gone. The" exi‘i'I1CIi'orHs ultimately ours too. " Barry Jackson Inner Cover: Cover: Springbok Herd, detail shot Hunting Cheetah pair Bronze Ed s/15 Bronze Ed 2/15
  3. 3. Biography Barry Jackson is a sculptor. He was bom In South Africa. educated in Zambia in the 60's, and he has been living and working in Cape Town forttte past so years. His work is represented at the Christopher Mailer An Gallery. Jackson began his career as an illusltamr in the advertising industry but soon iound the need to mtwe into more challenging work, sculpture was the answer. The work Is hard and long. as sculpture is a dttrrcutt medium, but tor the artist it is also deeply tutntting. Jackson's work has a distinctly African flavour. His style is representational and he is from the old school at "I paint what I see. ‘ Using photographs and sketches. to nail down the action and fine details oi his subjects. aiming to capturo the enthralling essence of his subjects. He wants the viewer to feel the wildlife and figures through his worlt. One of Jackson‘s favourite subjects is the Bushman people of Southem Africa. They were the first people to inhabit Africa. They were the only African people that practiced on. No one knows how long they have been here. their rock paintings have been found to predate the pyramids of Giza by thousands or years. as far back as the stone Nae. These Bushman rock paintings are a record of their lifestyle. culture. and deep spiritual beliefs. The Bushman are still here today. however. they are a displaced people and their numbers are declining. The arrival ot the white man in Southern Africa and the black man, The ‘Nguni'. who migrated from the north. began the slaughter of the Bushman. These white settlers and black migratois wiped out most of the wildlife that the bustlrrlan hunted for a living. Land or livestock cw/ nership was a concept unknown to the bushman and they could not understand how hunting an animal to feed their people could be a crime. The peace loving and for the most pan friendly Bushman who killed only to survive stood no chance against the land grabbers. The Bushman has been forced to the hinges oi civilisation: most at his hunting land has disappeared. and his way of life has been outlawed due to civilisation and polfliu. "No more do we Bushman Hunt in these hills. Our lites are cold. Our songs are quiet. Bul listen carefully. ... You will hear us in the water. Look txraflllly. .. You will seeus in the rocks. ‘ Dr Frans Prince. Anthropologist Another favourite subject for Jackson is wildlife. 1119 goal of his wildlife sculptures is vivid and intense deplaion ofthe detining moment in wild animals. Hiswork portrays both the brutality and beauty or wild Africa. A tron charging a fleeing getnsbok. vulnerable wildobeest crossing the crocodile infested river dunng the great migration of the Serengeti herds. the despicable vulture disinteoting and purging the landscape of rotting flesh Not all or wild Africa is uncornpmrnising. Jackson‘: work also depicts the gentle. nurturing. and even fun side of natural Africa, the lioness and cub. the elephants trying to keep their sick CDNIDBIIIOI1 from falling. or his sprtngbok herd pronkirlg. Springbok pronk when there is danger. as pronking confuses the predator. Also during safe times, Springbok pronk. as it is thrilling and ontoyable. Barry Jackson finds in African wildlife an infinite source of inspiration. but simultaneously he is deeply saddened that their numbers are dwindling as their habitats get smaller and smaller due to human entrcaotirnent. He feels that we have forgotten that the planet belongs to them as much as it does us.
  4. 4. Wlldeheest Great Migration Sometime: rolerlod to as the tool ol tlra veld. the CIUWIL the gnu. alias the wildobeesl. they pruent us with the greatest natural event in the animal world. when the annual migration at the wlldebeesl at me Serengeti in Kanya and Tanzania begins me aartn vibralas and me landscape is filled with over Mo million mtwing bodies as tar as the eye can see. They are joined by other types ol Gazelle and Zebra moving to greener pastures all the while being trnckad by lions and other predators seeking plentiful prey. Even the crocodile infested Masai Mara River does not deter them from their deslinatiun. Vllrldebeesl are incredibly tough animals and while not great swimmers many manage to survive a vicious attack by a fully grown crocodile with razor sharp teeth. albeit wounded and exhausted. Narvarthales every year hundreds still perish. Wlldebesesl great migration Bronze Ed 10115 43cm nign
  5. 5. Lazy leopard The leopard is a nocturnal animal Durlllg the day they stay out at sight as much as pusstble. keep in the shade and sleep most or the day The adults are solitary animals who come across others at mating time or when another cat strays into their territory and a light may break out They will care tor their young tor about 2 years and then they are also chased all Most pl their hunting is done at night Their weapons are their superior strength powertul laws, lightning speed and must cl all their natural stealth They can kill animals niiieh nigger than themselves and are capable oi hauling a dead weight up a tree with their prey clenched in their powerriit iaws, out or the reach ol hyenas and lions t tare always ready to steal a meat Thell stealth is their greatest weapon They are capable ol moving through the hush in almost complete silence and their unique spotted coat makes excellent camouflage They are able to get very close to prey even those with the most acute hearing and sharpest eyesight and will then pounce with lightning speed Sleeping Leopard in tree Bronze Ed 54x62x27cm
  6. 6. vigilant Cheetah The cheetah has a slender builrt and can be described as elegant and graoelui They piatai the partially open savannahs as their habitat This is because their main means or delence is their speed They have to be vigilant at all times and neeo to be able to see tor long distances in all directions so their many natural enemies cannot get near without being seen They canrlclt ciimti trees like the leoparrt and are no match tor a lion‘ even hyenas and wild dogs are a threat but they can outrun any animal The partially open savannahs are good ioi vigilance and speed. and the lew trees and shrubs that are needed to hicte their young when they have to leave them to hunt vigilant cheetah aronze Ed 8/t5 40cm high
  7. 7. Springbok Pronking One el the more laminating habits ol the Springbok is the pmnking . This is the practise or springing up and down while running along hence their name. They will do this together in herds but also by themselves. A herd or Springbok moving along in large numbers pronking up and dwn is a lascinating sight on the Alrlcan plains . The reasan they do this is to oonlusa their predators. A Ilen will attack a hard by toouslng on one animal and go straight tor that one but with a planking herd the lion finds It Impossible to target one anlmal and becomes confused. There is another reason lor lhe prunking because they do this even when there is no danger at all. The springhok will prank just tor the joy at it. We alien target that animals in the wlld also like to have some fun spilngbok lien: Bronze Ed EH5 43cm high
  8. 8. Whlte Rhino The Rhinoceros - Atrium has Mo subspecies of rhino: The Southem While Rhine and the Northern Black Rhino. The names have nothing to do wilh the oolouv. referring more to the shape of the mouth. It is believed that the ward ‘white’ is a corruption at the word ‘wide’; the mouth at the White Rhino is wide while the Black Rhino has a long pointed upper lip that can curt around grass and leaves. However. this is only a theory as there is no conclusive explanation tor the names. Bath species are critically endangered. being mrelly and ntthlessly hunted tor their horns which are believed to have many medicinal and ephrodisiacal properties. Rhino horns are made at keratin, which is what hair and fingernails are made of: this completely false myth may become the reason for lheir eventual extinction. 455 rhino‘: were illegaly killed in South Allica in 2012. Rhino and call Bronze Ed H15 25x40x20cm
  9. 9. Gorilla These gentle giants are an enoangered species Their habitats are the tropical lorests ol central and East Alnca Their main threat are humans who hunt them let bush meat and who are encroaching on their ever diminishing habitat They are also preyed upon by leopards They are not aggressive ano will only attack a human il severely threatened Even then they will rirsl try to lrightan away any attackers by heating their chests and making a loud noise They are the largest ol the pnmales. reaching heights at s lee! when upright and weighing up to 25Ukg They are our second closest relative arterthe chlrnp. the iiierence between their DNA and human DNA is only 1 5% They share all at our emotions love hate. tear. grist. ioy. greed. generosity. prioe. shame. empathy and iealousy They laugh when they are tickled and cry when they are sad or him Gorillas cry with sounds. not tears. Gorilla Bronze Ed I/15 38x32xl9cm
  10. 10. Gemsbok The Gernsbck or Oryx is a large antelope They can run at speeds or up ta Sokmp. which is their main term Dt detenlze. The one predator that It cannot outrun Is the cheetah, but the cheetah Is reluctant to prey on such a large animal and the risk at Injury ls tclo great. Gemsbuk are desert dwelling and mainly round in the Kalahari Desert in Southern Alrica They are not entirely dependent on drinking tar theirwater needs. They live in herds 0| 10 to 40 animals and have one dominant male Their spectacular homs, which are black and straight it male and slightly curved and longer it lernarernake them the iargei ot hunters The longerlernaie horns are a rare occurrence in the animal wortd and atien coriiuseo hunters who would wrongly idenirry the gender or the animal The horns ran reach lengths at 80cm and were used to make natural trumpets or stlotars (Hebrew religious horn). Gemsbclk Bronze Ed 5/15 41 x56X2| cm
  11. 11. Vulture Frenzy For vultures, these scavengers at the air. the Alrleen savannah ls paradise tor the huge carnon eating bird. Nowhere in the world do they congregate in such vast numbers They reed on dead animals and because at this are regarded as despicable. repellent creatures. However, the truth Is that without them the air of the bushveld would be unbearable Hyenas and jackets help but the vultures are the most eltective In keeping the regions hygienic. They can strip a large carcass In a matter ol minutes leaving the area clean and themselves gorgeu and a little venerable. Their stomach acids are extremely canvas-ve alhwing them he consume the most putrid carcasses lniected with Brltulinurn toxin, hog cholera. and anthrax bacteria that would be lethal to other scavengers. Vultures often vomit when threatened or approached. This is to lighten their lead ter a quicker lake-otl and also a distraction for their attacker. Vultures also urinate straight dawn their legs: the uric acid ktlls bacteria accumulated Irum walking through carcasses. and also acts as evaporativa cooling Their long tealherless necks and bald heads make it easier to keep clean anor they have plunged their head deep into a carcass. Vulture Frenzy Bronze Ed IIIS sacm High
  12. 12. The Python Hunter The Atncan Rock Python is the largest snake in Africa and is capable or killing a mu gmmm Impala and swallwnng il whole inctuding the horns. They are slow bul use lhoir good camouflage colouring and the elemenl or surprise to catch Iherr prey. The masl dimcult pan or hunting pylhons is finding them but the Bushman hunters are skillul Irackers and know exacfly where to look. When the hunlers find one Ihe pylhon is easy prey because the hunler man simply walk up [D II, rake hold or its [all and drag it from its hiding placs and easily kiil it. Python Hunter Bronze Ed 3/15 aocrn high
  13. 13. Bow Hunter Bushman had many ways of hunting but mosuy used the bow and arrow. which were lightweight weapons and would not kill prey outright. lharelore they used poisoned arrows. Hunters had to get close to their prey and they did this with their stalking skills. Sometimes they would use animal skins or leathers to oarnoullege themselves. When hit by an arrow the animal would flee. The poison would take hours and sometimes days to take effect. depending on the size of the animal. Hunter swould use their trarzking skills and knowledge or the animal's habllsto follow It. The poison was made from the larvae at a small beetle but would also use snake venom and poisons obtained lrom plants. especially the euphortzle. These poisons were rdio toxic and would not contaminate the whole animal; the part or the animal injured where the arrow stmok would be out all and thrown away. Bushman Emmurtter Bronze 9115 41x.36x26t: 'n
  14. 14. Dflflfili A well-lonad athletic human body is one of Ihe mom baautilul images in me universe. Walching a rehearsal of an upcorning Ballet I could see lhal pan of lhe choreographer‘: lask was lo create baaulilul shapes using lhe human lonn. I would rake a menial snapshot and lreeza a lleering movement. I could sometimes find a shape Ihal had all me mylllm. mood and balance that would make a beautifully designed sculpture. Using thal shape I will overlay Ihc laxlnra and anatomy cl lhe human form and my sculplure is cumplale Leaping Male Torso Bronze Ed 2115 55cm high "The ualned dancer rrlusl nol an have race and 9 anw. raise me leap of an Olympic hurdlanlhe balance of a lighl-rape walker and parllhar~ll'ka srrengln and agility. ‘- Camilla Jucal Male Modem Dancer Bronze Ed 1/15 4oun high
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