Antonia Jackson is a French painter who lives and works in London. She studied Fine Art at the Chelsea College of Arts and then at Wimbledon College of Arts. Her current body of work explores both memory and cinema, painting her interpretation of home movie stills from the 70s and 80s.
Inspired by cinema and photography
Jackson is interested in cinema and ideas of memory, drawing inspiration from 1960s New Wave French and Italian art films, Super 8 reels from personal archives, and photography. These mediated images allow for the recovery of memories through the medium of painting. Jackson is also inspired by French post-Impressionist painters, particularly the Nabis painters, and early German Expressionism.
Working from degraded photographic sources, Jackson’s work encompasses both figuration and abstraction and has a narrative element. As the film is degraded, she tries to replicate this effect through her brushwork: at times using defined marks, at other times taking a more gestural approach. Jackson prefers to work with oil paint due to its versatility and luminosity.
Jackson has exhibited extensively in the UK, at galleries and art fairs including the Other Art Fair, Wimbledon Art Fair and the Affordable Art Fair. She also has experience as a curator, curating shows at The Crypt, St Marylebone Parish Church, and Platform 1 Gallery. She was longlisted for the Signature Art Prize 2015 and the Clyde and Co award 2014.