Approved: 16.08.2006

Bill Jackson


Approved: 16.08.2006

Bill Jackson

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  • Location: Cookley, East


Bill Jackson

Photographer, conceptual and installation artist. 

Jackson’s artworks are elemental recordings, the conditions forming an intrinsic part of the process. John Cage talked about the accident or mistake in creating art. Jackson owns the accident, it is very much a part of what he does.

Meticulously planning his work, he makes all decisions before choosing and setting up the event. Jackson’s ethos echoes that of Sol LeWitt 

 "In conceptual art the idea or the concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art. "

Jackson works with this predetermination or pre visualisation. The concept of time is crucial to his ideas and he employs photography as a tool to explore notions of time and space, exchanging the classic definition of photography as a series of instant glimpses of the world in which we live, to a personal definition of ‘space time’.  The combination of art and science as photography is a means to an end rather than the end itself.

North Sea Drawings, East Wind Drawings and In Search of Gretel are created on location. He creates a field of vision for the light drawings to take place. The unknown is the outcome. The photograph is the evidence of an 'event' that has taken place, a 'performance' that even Jackson himself cannot see in its entirety. During creation, only the process is evident. It’s through the inherent values in photography as a documentary process that he realises the idea.

Influenced by Pollock's approach in random mark making and the artists intervention in that process, Jackson builds a platform for these events to take place. The landscapes are carefully considered and researched by daylight prior to any 'performance', they are then transformed by the night. 

A conceptualist arts education in the early 70's at Coventry School Of Art continues to inform his thinking and work practice. Drawing or mark making in its widest interpretation is integral to Jackson’s work. The mark, as an engineering drawing or a mathematical notation, is the beginning of the journey to new ideas.  

In 1986 Jackson transitioned from photography and went into cyberspace, initially experimenting with early digital formats, combining them with analogue photography; major works through this period included Iconoclast and The Journey of The Skin Man. These were later used to illustrate the current concerns about photography at a symposium at The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in 1991. The print and publishing industry viewed digital as either a threat to or an opportunity for  the creative industries. Jackson fully embraced the changing tides and spent the next 20 years exploring ideas in the new technologies, producing multimedia installations in both physical and cyber spaces. 

Jackson has won many international awards for his work in recent years. He is the first photographer to receive three RPS International Print Awards. His work has been shown in the UK and worldwide including The National Portrait Gallery; The Photographers Gallery, London; The Brno Museum, Prague and the Museum Of Contemporary Arts in Argentina. His work is in many private and public collections. 

He splits his time between his studio and farm near the coast of Suffolk, East Anglia and London.


CV & Education


One Person

Recent Exhibtions

2015 Cartographie Luminaire  The Cut Halesworth

2013 Dark Light 1 & 2 Poetry Festival Pond Gallery Snape Maltings and  the Peter Peers Gallery Aldeburgh 

2013 Thema Mundi Caroline Wiseman South Lookout Tower Aldeburgh

2012 Cabinet Of Curiosities Art Projects with Troika Editions London Art Fair

2011 Cabinet Of Curiosities Troika Editions London

2011 The Night Hunter  Steven Walton FIne Arts Bury St Edmunds 

2011 VZ Gallery London 

2008 The Night Of The Hunter  gallery12 London 

2008 Inside and Out  The Market Place  Arts Centre Armagh Northern Ireland    


Recent Group Exhibtions

2016 The Collective House Of St Barnabus London

2016 Time and Place for PhotoEast Halesworth Gallery

2016 London Art Fair Caroline Wiseman Modern and Contemporary

2015 The Weakening Antar Gallery Suffolk

2015 Re-Fashioned : Garments as Art  Old Fire Station Oxford curated by Sarah Mossop

2014 TimeSlip Fringe Arts Bath

2014 Five In Focus Norwich and Norfolk Arts Festival Anteros Gallery Norwich

2014 London Art Fair 2014 Caroline Wiseman Modern and Contemporary 

2013 Persistence Of Vision as part of the Aldeburgh Documentary Festival South Lookout Tower Aldeburgh 

2013 Benjamin Britten Centenary Artists in Residence Exhibition  South Lookout Tower Aldeburgh 

2013 Suffolk Showcase  Smiths Row Gallery Bury St Edmunds 

2011 Suffolk Showcase Smiths Row Gallery Bury St Edmunds 

2011 RPS 154th International Print Exhibition  Allen & Overy London

2011 Centre Forward Denver International Airport from the permanent collection of the Center For FIne Art Photography Fort Collins Colorado 

2011 RPS 153rd International Print Exhibition Birmingham Institute of Art and Design 

2011 White Room Dark Room The White Room Gallery Bath 

2011 RPS Members Print Exhibition Oldbury West Midlands

2011 International Exhibition  'Portraits'  Center For Fine Art Photography Fort Collins Colorado USA

2011 Taylor Wessing Portrait Awards  National Portrait Gallery

2011 RPS International Print Exhibition Banbury Museum 

2011 RPS International Print Exhibition Bonhaga Gallery Shetland Isles 

2010 RPS International Print Exhibition Aberystwyth Arts Centre 

2010 LIP 22nd Annual Exhibition Strand Gallery ( Proud Central ) London 

2010 Homes Group Show Viewfinder Gallery Brixton London 

2010 RPS International Print Exhibition Allen & Overy London

2010 Floor to Ceiling Show Troika Editions  London

2010 Suffolk Showcase Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery Bury St Edmunds

2010 World Photographic Award Winners Exhibition Madrid Spain 

2010 RPS International Print Tour Victoria Art Gallery Bath

2010 International Portrait Exhibition Minneapolis Center Of Photography 

2010 RPS International Print Tour Haworth Art Gallery, Acrington. Lancashire

2009 The International Portrait  selected by Mary Ellen Mark The Center For FIne Art Photography Fort Collins Colorado USA 

2009 Snap to the Grid  Los Angeles Centre for Digital Arts USA 

2009 Lip 21st Cottons Atrium Tooley Street London

2009 RPS International Print Exhibition Tour  Wingfield Barns, Eye, Suffolk 

2009 RPS International Print Exhibition Tour  Atkinson Gallery, Millfield School, Somerset  

2009 The Documentary Exhibition  selected by Ed Kashi The Center For FIne Art Photography Fort Collins Colorado USA

2009 The Suffolk Showcase selected by Grenville Davey and Lotte Juul Petersen. Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery UK

2009 RPS 152nd International Print  Allen & Overy London

2009 Corrections Curated by Harriette Lawler and Frank Ettenberg : SomArts San Fransico USA 

2009 Open Book 5 Artists : Valerie Benson, Debbie Booth. Simon Head, Bill Jackson, Anne Robinson @ Pages of Hackney 

2008 Third International Mini Print Exhibtion at Voixvisuelle Ottawa Canada 

2008 White Christmas V11 The White Galleries Leamington Spa and Bath  

2008 LIP 20th Annual Exhibition Selected by Clare Grafik and Paul Hill  Atrium Gallery London.

2008 Snap to the Grid 2008 Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art California, USA

2008 DigitalArt Expo International 2008  Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art California, USA 

2008 RA Summer Exhibition Royal Academy of Arts London 

2008 Still Life Revisited RPS Contemporary Group Selected by John Blakemore and Cary Williams : Warwickshire Arts Festival

2008 Trains Planes and Automobiles  Center for Fine Art Photography Museum of Contemporary Art Fort Collins USA

2007 Black and White  gallery12 London

2007 White Christmas V1 White Room Gallery Leamington Spa 

2007 Snap to the Grid  LACDA Los Angeles USA

2007 LIP 19th Exhibition  Selected by Mick Williamson and Stefanie Braun   - Atrium Gallery London

2007 International Fine Art Photography  Center for Fine Art Photography Museum of Contemporary Art Fort Collins USA

2007 Mattice Award  Exhibition   Dangenart Nashville TN USA

2007 The Brain Project   Biblioteca Statale Trieste Italy

2006 Identita` & Storia  Primo Piano Living Gallery Secco Italy

2006 Orilla 6   Museum of Contemporary Arts Sante Fe Argentina Prize Winner

2006 Snap to the Grid Los Angeles Centre for Digital Arts USA

2006 Art of the Digital The Lyceum Theatre Gallery San Deigo USA