16th June - 5th July 2016

Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
Ph: (09) 638 8965

Adrian Jackman: Fields

Adrian Jackman's new exhibition: Fields is a colliding of ideas and approaches framed within the language of formal abstract painting. Fields of flat solid colour are arranged and held together with clean sharp lines which diverge, align, and intersect across the surface of these new works.

'Jackman sees geometry all around him. The lines and curves and angles that form much of the constructed modern world are, for Jackman, ready-made sketches that he can extract, mix and re-form to create his energetic paintings.

The delineation begins with photography and the artist sees his work as exploring the interface between the two media. He sources images from whatever crosses his path, often advertising material or his own snapshots: subjects have ranged from Earth seen from space to a pair of bookends. Structural lines emerge to form diagrams that Jackman works up until he has found a satisfying composition. 

Blocks of colour are added based on a formula that is different for every series, such as the range of major tones in a particular source image. The final product is dynamic geometry that is flat, yet full of elusive depths, and abstract, yet hinting at aspects of the real world.'

Essay: Warwick Brown

Adrian Jackman graduated in 1997 with an MFA from Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts and has exhibited widely thought New Zealand since. His recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Sarjeant Gallery, from the Tylee Cottage Artist in Residence programmed and a Solo exhibition at Bath Street. His work is held in public, private and corporate collections across New Zealand & Overseas, including: TSB Wallace Arts Trust, The Sarjeant Gallery, Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, Citibank Art Collection, Perpetual Guardian Trust, Auckland City Council. 

Don Abbott's Art New Zealand (Spring 2016) 
exhibition review here

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