Catalogue Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition Barry Jackson
"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. "
Inner Cover: Cover:
Springbok Herd, detail shot Hunting Cheetah pair
Bronze Ed s/15 Bronze Ed 2/15
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
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.
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
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
Sleeping Leopard in tree
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
aronze Ed 8/t5
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
Bronze Ed EH5
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
Rhino and call
Bronze Ed H15
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.
Bronze Ed I/15
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).
Bronze Ed 5/15
41 x56X2| cm
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.
Bronze Ed IIIS
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.
Bronze Ed 3/15
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
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
Leaping Male Torso
Bronze Ed 2115
"The ualned dancer
rrlusl nol an have
race and 9 anw.
raise me leap of an
balance of a lighl-rape
walker and parllhar~ll'ka
srrengln and agility. ‘-
Male Modem Dancer
Bronze Ed 1/15
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