Richard Jackson Ain’t Painting a Pain


Richard Jackson, The Laundry Room.

exhibition, SMAK, Gent, Belgium, 1 March–1 June.
Since the early 1970s, Richard Jackson has been radicalising painting, following such predecessors as Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns. His inventive and exuberant way of working extends painting to include performance and sculptural dimensions. Jackson adopts a serious approach to ‘action painting’, producing gigantic site-specific murals and space-filling environments, and over the last few years he has also being creating anthropomorphic ‘painting machines’.