Davina Jackson is a figurative artist based in London where she currently works from a studio at Kingsgate workshops. She graduated from the Royal Academy Schools where she won the biennial Gold Medal for painting . Her interests have remained in the theatrical and psychological use of space and a search for poetic simplicity. She continues to develop themes of human relationships and emotional states, finding and articulating the essence of an intimate moment or experience through the simplification of forms and use of perspective.The figures ,while abstracted ,sometimes translucent and ephemeral, shift between spacial planes and yet , at the same time ,remain sculptural and monumental ,portraying 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". She has always been inspired by literary, mythological and theatrical subjects ,storytelling and exploring the inner world of the child. Her recent solo show at The Pontone Gallery in London was an exhibition of works exploring the fate of humanity through different interpretations of allegorical Greek Myths.
She paints mainly in oils but is always experimenting with new mediums and surfaces and discovering new materials is an important part of her process, allowing accidents to happen and inform the direction of her work . She enjoys the physical dimension of painting and builds up layers that can take months to finish, allowing the work to evolve over time, but she can also spend all day making very immediate and instinctive drawings which help her explore her ideas and reveal the process of her mark making.
'So Jackson is Jackson still. Here is no lightening transformation , but rather , as should be the case with all the true artists ,a gradual instinctive evolution .The focus shifts ,the emphasis changes ,the atmosphere lightens or darkens ,but the vision remains the same ." John Russell Taylor ,art critic at the Times and author of numerous books on art , from a review of her show at The Boundary Gallery 2003