Oakland-based artist Oliver L. Jackson (b. 1935, St. Louis) inaugurates the Front Room’s Summer 2012 season. Jackson, who was involved with St. Louis’s Black Artist’s Group (1968-1972), creates vibrant expressionist paintings, marble sculptures, and works on paper that retain the language of abstraction while also demonstrating an affinity with improvisational music, most evidently jazz, as well as the New York School style of painting embodied by artists like Philip Guston and Willem de Kooning. This solo exhibition—the artist’s first in a St. Louis museum in over twenty years—will feature several recent large-scale monotypes.
Oliver L. Jackson is organized for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by Kelly Shindler, Assistant Curator.