Hope is the thing with feathers-
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops— at all...— Emily Dickinson
LAYNE JACKSON 2018
Layne Jackson is a visual artist painting botanical shapes and forms, rendered as pattern.to create familiar imagery in a contemporary context. Jackson is exploring the unconsciousness effect of color and shape applied to found forms in the natural world. The paintings and installations are inspired by the abundance of nature in Chicago and every place traveled. New work focused on creating fabrics and rugs for large scale installations.
I take chances and ask for what I want. It’s been a lucky life, with travel and art and music and an amazing arena to work in. Romance brought me to Chicago and then the romance became the city itself. Chicago is one of the most diverse and culturally rich cities I’ve been lucky enough to live in, and the range of events and activities here is incredible.
I am a Third-generation Texan, attended High School in Toronto, and the University of Texas in Austin for my BFA. Bought a one-way ticket to Europe that turned into three years in Paris as art director for literary magazines.
Tap danced into a corporate art department in a fast new small company in Austin (Dell Computers), and developed a department in International Marketing to guide the global business. Great learning experience!
I’ve met three presidents, traveled to the USSR as part of an arts delegation during the Special Period (no vodka!), traveled to Cuba as part of an arts delegation playing basebol with Cuban media stars, traveled to Zimbabwe to plant gardens as part of new housing for kids, traveled to Macedonia to be the first American at an artists’ residency in their 11th century monastery (no one spoke English so French was the common language
Was co-owner of a jazz club, VIP coordinator for the Chicago International Music and Movies festival (cimmfest), soloed in front of 600 people, been on eight or nine CD recordings, am currently playing piano for a big band in Chicago, and taught and sold artwork for years in Wicker Park storefronts, while running artist’ studios and working in the public and private schools with over 600 kids to create murals.
When first arriving in Chicago, I was invited to paint a public art piece in an exhibition that was widely successful, so a fellow artist and I launched a business painting hundreds of fiberglass animals, shipping around the world. After a few years, sold the business and bought an 1889 house in the Ukrainian Village, where I am a full time Visual Artist, working in the studio each day. I am inspired by this city, and by the amazing creativity that is here.