When walking through the studio, among many snippets of conversation, you may hear an exclamation similar to the following: “I can’t help it if I’m so talented!” More than likely you overheard Vincent Jackson (b. 1961), one of the most prolific and longest practicing artists at Creativity Explored. Since 1984 Jackson’s large-scale figurative oil pastels have entranced visitors. Thick defining lines break the human form into geometric shapes filled with a heavy impasto of layered colors arranged with Jackson’s masterful sense of harmony. The resulting mask-like works can be viewed as a contemporary renewal of traditional African and Oceanic folk art imagery. "My faces are my way of telling a story rather than writing."
In 2009, Jackson’s work was chosen to adorn the third series of artisanal chocolates from Recchiuti Confections, one of our community arts partners. CB2, another community arts partner, chose his work for a limited edition tote bag in 2010 and again in 2013 for a ceramic vase. In spite of his popularity and accompanying praise from collectors and partners, it is the process of making art that is essential for Jackson. "It is very important that I create because it makes me feel nice."