Caught by the River

Kurt Jackson – Frenchman’s Creek

1st September 2019

Jays arguing in the oaks above the creek, 2017

An exhibition of brand new work by Kurt Jackson has just opened at The Jackson Foundation, St Just, Cornwall.

In this body of work, Jackson immerses himself – sometimes literally – in a tributary of the Helford River, an area of Atlantic temperate rainforests. A unique landscape of sessile oak woodlands meeting the tide that famously inspired Daphne du Maurier’s 1941 novel Frenchman’s Creek.

This is a fragile place, a delicate and ancient piece of land and water – a beautiful place to linger, watch and witness; the slow tides and seasonal shifts in dress. The wet mud reflects the foliage or lack of it above, but below the fallen oak branches and trunks are always present – charcoal and umber strands snaking across my composition.

All is worthy of capture and celebration on my boards and paper and canvas, on the page on my lap or back in the studio.  

– Kurt Jackson

The exhibition is open from now until February 2020. Opening times and other visitor information can be found here.

Oaken mud, 2018
Screech of a Jay late afternoon, winter across the creek, 2018
Stink of a fox, stink of wild garlic, 2018