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Artist of the moment……….Ward Jackson

Ward Jackson is an American artist renown for his abstract paintings. Ward Jackson was born in Petersburg, Virginia in the year 1928.

Jackson attended college in Richmond, Virginia at the Richmond Polytechnic Institute of the College of William and Mary, which is known as Virginia Commonwealth University, where he earned a M.F.A.

After college Jackson also studied privately with artist Hans Hofmann.

In this clip we visit a retrospective show featuring the art of Ward Jackson with James Kalm:

In this clip we catch up again with our dear friend James Kalm to visit a show featuring artwork of Ward Jackson from the 1960s:

Ward Jackson passed away in 2004.

The artist was a member of the American Abstract Artists and served as secretary of the group for many years.

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Ward Jackson is included in prominent museum collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the British Museum located in London.

I find Ward Jackson’s art similar to that of Ellsworth Kelly and Karl Benjamin.



Artist of the moment……McArthur Binion

McArthur Binion is an African- American painter renown for his abstract style. Of his abstract works, I myself prefer the unique works done on a circular base usually birch wood. These works remind me most of the abstract painter who passed away in 2012 , Karl Benjamin. Below an example of art by Karl Benjamin.


Another great medium he enjoys using is crayon. He often builds up surface texture with crayon.

In this clip we visit a show given for McArthur Binion.

A portrait of the artist.


Lives and works out of Chicago, Illinois.

Has been a full time professor of art at Columbia College located in Chicago, Illinois since 1983.

Included in many prominent museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art located in New York City.

Binion’s first solo museum show was in 2012.

One way he gets such wonderful diverse textures is the very unique combinations of materials. For instance wax crayons on aluminum or birch wood panels. Most likely collage and wax crayon build up will also be included in the work.

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Binion is a great abstract painter. The use of many different textures and mediums gives his work a vibrant and the layering of paint and crayon always leaves to viewer to find another color in which appeared at first to be a flat mono tone shape.