Davina Jackson
             
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During my very special time at Art School, I have been fortunate to have had ongoing personal tutorials and inspirational bonds with the likes of Paula Rego, Timothy Hyam (my personal tutor at the RA), the late Ken Kiff, Norman Akroyd, Albert Irvine, Jennifer Durrant and Peter Doig. Each in turn, has greatly supported, inspired and influenced my thinking as an artist.

Since leaving the Royal Academy, I have been involved in many shows across the country and in Switzerland where I lived for two years after getting married. In 2004 I became pregnant with my first child and had to let art sit alongside my new life as a mother and a wife engulfed in new demands. Now three children later, my world has changed rather dramatically. Whilst the past early stages of motherhood had dissipated my energy and clarity of vision through the sleepless nights, it has also brought to my work a new light, mood and dynamism.

 
 
Artist’s Statement
My interest in painting has remained in the theatrical use of psychological space and a search for poetic simplicity. I continue to develop themes of intimate relationships and emotional states, finding and articulating the essence of a moment or mood through the medium of a particular shape, contour or tone.

The figures, while abstracted, sometimes translucent and ephemeral, shift between spatial planes and yet, at the same time, remain sculptural and monumental.I hope to portray fragments of memory that lead one into a world that, in Gaston Bachelard’s words, create “an intensity of being evolving in a vast perspective of intimate immensity”. Perhaps this is where my influences of early 20th century Italian art such as Marini, Martini, Sironi and Carra (who addressed the hope and despair of the human condition and explored the inner world in such poetic, metaphoric ways) and the later American abstract painters such as Pollock and Rothko, become evident.

 
Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Notes, Education & Qualifications
1971   Born in London, United Kingdom
1990 - 91   Foundation in Art and Design, Central/St Martins School of Art
1992 - 94   B.A. (Hons) Fine Art - Painting, The Byam Shaw School of Art
1994 - 97   Post Graduate Diploma - Fine Art, The Royal Academy School of Art
Selected Exhibitions
2019   Solo exhibition - Close to the Sun, The Pontone Gallery
2018   The Discerning Eye, Drawing Bursary - Mall Galleries, The Mall
    British Art Fair - Saatchi Gallery, showing with the Boundary Gallery
    Group exhibition - British Painters | Imagined Worlds, The Pontone Gallery
2017   Solo exhibition - The Woland Club Art Gallery, Porto Piccollo, Italy (curated by Edward Lucie-Smith in collaboration with the Pontone Gallery)
    Charity Exhibition for the Stroke Assosiation - The Conningsby Gallery
    Art London - Businessand Design Centre (Also showed in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1994)
    Group exhibition - Winter Show Part 2, The Albermarle Gallery
2016   Solo exhibition - The Albermarle Gallery
    Group exhibition - Highgate Contemporary Art Gallery summer show
    The Boundary Gallery and Fine Art Consultancy @ Highgate Contemporary Art Gallery
2015   Summer Exhibition - The Royal Academy (Also showed in 2013, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1995)
    The New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, The Mall
2014   Microtopia - Group Show, Kingsgate Gallery
The Discerning Eye, Drawing Bursary – Mall Galleries, The Mall
2013   Mixed Artists Show - Kingsgate Studio Gallery (2003 - 2012)
2012   International Jewish Artist of the Year Show - Boundary Gallery
    Curated and Showed in the Charity Exhibition (Hare Styling) - Dorchester Hotel
2006   Gallery Artists - Boundary Gallery
2004 Solo exhibition - Ars Vivendi, Geneva, Switzerland
20th Century Perspectives - Burlington Fine Art
The Hunting Prize - Royal College of Art (Also showed in 2003, 2002, and 2001)
The Modern and the New - Ben Uri Gallery
2003 Solo Exhibition - Boundary Gallery
Artists Exploring the Theme of the Figure - New Ashgate Gallery
2002 Permanent Display - The Institute of Psychoanalysis, Maida Vale, London
Works on Paper - Royal College of Art (Also showed in 2001 and 2000)
The Discerning Eye - Mall Galleries (Also showed in 2001, 2000 and 1995)
2001 Ben Uri Museum Exhibition - Phillips, Old Bond Street and Phillips, Edinburgh
Mixed Show - The David Curzon Gallery, Wimbledon
The Landseer Landscape Exhibition - Mall Galleries
2000 Solo Exhibition - Boundary Gallery
Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition – Berlin, Germany
1999 Mixed Show - Rowe and Mawe
Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition - Cheltenham College of Art, Gloucester
1998 Double First – The Boundary Gallery (two person show)
Artists For Mencap - The Cromwell Hospital [selected artists]
1997 London Fashion Week – Simpsons, Piccadilly (group exhibition)
Xmas Show - Cambridge Contemporary Art [mixed exhibition]
Institute Of Contemporary Art - Artists commissioned by Chevron plc
1996 Contemporary Printmakers -The Whitbey Galleries, Worthing [selected artists]
Solo Show - The Cromwell Hospital, The Cromwell Hospital
1995 The Royal Institute of Oil Painters [Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award]
Awards, Residencies and Scholarships
2018 Runner Up Prize, Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary
2014 Runner Up Prize, Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary
2012 International Jewish Artist of the Year Finalist
2002 The David Villiers Prize
1999 Apthorp Trust Fund Prize for Painting
1998 Florence Trust Residency
1997 Royal Academy Gold Medal for Painting
Edward Scott Travel Scholarship
1996 David Murray Landscape Travel Prize
Duff Green Drawing Prize
Celia Walker Print Prize
Apthorp Trust Fund Prize
1995 Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award [Finalist]
Apthorp Trust Prize
1994 First Prize, Ben Uri Open Exhibition
The Mercers Company and Leverhulme Scholarship
1993 Joint First Prize Winner, Ben Uri Open
Collections
Stonehage Fleming
Fenton Arts Trust
Tavistock Centre
Chevron PLC
The Cromwell Hospital
The Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea
Barnet Council
Leverhulme Trust
Agi Katz
Oceana Investment Partners
Important International Private Collections
Publications and Reviews
2019   A review of Close to the Sun by Edward Lucie-Smith in Artlyst
https://www.artlyst.com/reviews/archaeologies-charlie-smith-london-davina-jackson-pontone-edward-lucie-smith/
    A review of Close in Considering Art
https://consideringart.com/2019/03/18/davina-jackson-close-to-the-sun/
2017   A review of by Franca Marri in Il Piccolo Trieste
2016   A Sculptor in Paint by Edward Lucie-Smith
2014 The Discerning Eye Newsletter, Issue 26
2013 The Boy and The Bird painting used as Publicity Advert for Psychoanalysis and Science -Exhibition at the Science Museum
2003 The Girl and The Bird used as Cover Illustration for the Book “Acquainted with the Night - Psychoanalysis and the Poetic Imagination” from the Tavistock Clinic Series
  The Times, reviewed by John Russel Taylor, February
  The Hampstead & Highgate Express, February
  NorthWest Magazine, February
2002 The Hampstead & Highgate Express
2001 The Financial Times, January 16th
2000 The Hampstead & Highgate Express, September 1st
  The Times, September 13th
1999 Art Review, February Issue
1998 Hampstead & Highgate Express, September 4th
1997 The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition catalogue