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These watercolor--with some ink and digital--illustrations produced for my online science fiction adventure comic strip take a great deal of inspiration from both modern and classic science fiction stories, comics, serials, and films, as well as from the history of space exploration, observation, and theory. Ben Chamberlain
Carl Jackson has been an Artist, Art Instructor for over 30 years. Along the way he has been an illustrator, arts administrator, and gallery director. His work is included in various public collections including the Boston Public Library, The Addison Gallery of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, and Rutgers University. His work has been shown nationally, having been included in two Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibitions, a number of national competitive exhibitions and many private galleries.
These paintings were influenced during my daily bicycle commutes in the summer of 2015. Things come into sharper view when riding, exposing the rich historic layers hidden alongside the booming construction that’s altering Seattle. Timeworn buildings, abandoned cars and quiet intersections all contribute to the City's personality and are all at risk of being swept away.
This collection was painted in gouache, an opaque watercolor that can be reactivated and reworked with water. To me the transitory potential of the medium underscores the tenuous future of the subjects.