Author(s): Emily Jackson
A memoir told in the painter's own words selected from her private journals and letters Emily Jackson: A Painter's Landscape reveals the inner life of a passionate and driven artist as well as giving an insightful glimpse into the Auckland arts scene of the 1970s, '80s and '90s.
Mentored by Colin McCahon to 'paint abstract landscapes in a very free way' she created radiant and brooding paintings which though reminiscent of her contemporary Sir Toss Woollaston were stylistically very much her own. Jackson's paintings are characterised by a sense of not quite being in a landscape, but of having been in one. Their movement is that of drifting, in memory, through different territories. At the same time, they are an energetic embrace of the moment of their making.
'Jackson's paintings are tumultuous, unbridled and infused with passion and intelligence.' --Gregory O'Brien
'Work remarkable in any company of New Zealand landscape painting.' --T.J. McNamara
'New Zealand's most under-appreciated neo-expressionist.' --Warwick Brown
Emily Jackson grew up in Taranaki in the 1920s where she attended school with Toss Woollaston whose work her own painting is often compared to. In later years she was mentored by Colin McCahon and studied painting under Louise Henderson. Jackson was a senior figure in the burgeoning Auckland art scene of the 1970s and 80s when she regularly exhibited at the Gallery Pacific and New Vision galleries.