John Jackson was born in 1938 in Kings Lynn and lived in a railway house at Harbour Junction beside the main Kings Lynn to London line. In 1953 he cut his first piece of lino and produced a small print of a 'Galleon in full sail' printed in a single colour. This print, together with other work, helped him secure a place at the Norwich School of Art.
A linocut is a relief printing technique using engraved lino. Apart from lino the only equipment required is tracing and carbon paper, pens, pencils, brushes and inks, gouges, rollers, oil based printing inks and handmade paper - and in Jackson's case a tobacco tin for burnishing.
In 1995 the opportunity arose to pursue printmaking full time. This has allowed him to increase the volume of new work and to re-introduce older prints which had been abandoned in mid-edition. Jackson has also been able to increase his subject matter to include field and garden studies, whilst still continuing to produce prints of derelict buildings and the declining fishing industry, for which he has become well known. He now shows work with an increasing number of galleries and is involved in new and challenging projects.
Over the past 16 years, John has had regular one-man and collaborative exhibitions, demonstrated relief printmaking at Art in Action, Oxfordshire, and has taken part in the Norfolk Open Studios scheme and the Norwich Print Fair.
He is a Senior Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, and has exhibited with the society since 1961. John is also a member of the Society of Wood Engravers and an exhibitor since 1967, still regularly showing work within their annual touring exhibition.
Jackson's work has been exhibited at Bircham Gallery since 1996, taking part throughout the year in both specialist print and mixed exhibitions. In 2013, John celebrated 60 years of printmaking.
Bircham Gallery, Norfolk since 1996
The Grapevine Gallery, Norwich
Norwich Print Fair
Norwich Castle Open Art Show
Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers exhibitions - Bankside Gallery, London
The Contemporary Printmaking Show - Mall Galleries, London
Water Marks Art in East Anglia - Ian Collins. Black Dog Books 2010
Printmaker's Secrets - Anthony Dyson A&C Black 2009
PRINTMAKERS the directory - Anne Desmet and Anthony Dyson. A&C Black 2006
2013 Norfolk Arts award for Lifetime Contribution