“Fabulous Man,” (oil pastel on paper).
Creativity Explored is celebrating its 30th anniversary year with a solo exhibition of artist Vincent Jackson, one of the studio’s most prolific and longest-practicing artists who is well known for his bold and beautiful contemporary portraits and designs.
The exhibition will run through Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the Creativity Explored Gallery, 3245 Sixteenth St. in San Francisco. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
When Jackson joined Creativity Explored at age 22, he was already exploring the iconography that is now famously his own. He uses a variety of media – from oil and acrylic paints and crayon pastels to India ink, collage, papier maché and wood – to create large-scale, brightly colored, intense and soulful portraits that break the human form into geometric shapes.
The resulting mask-like works can be viewed as a contemporary renewal of traditional African and Oceanic folk art imagery, which has entranced art collectors around the world. A great example of this is “Fabulous Man,” (oil pastel on paper) a regal portrait of a golden figure wearing a plum-and-green hat, and two people or objects – either earrings, or perhaps fans of Fabulous Man dancing in the background.
Creativity Explored assists artists with developmental disabilities to pursue both their artistic passion and their quest to become working artists. Through a supportive studio environment, including individualized instruction from mentoring artists, quality supplies, and professional opportunities to exhibit and sell their art, the organization establishes these artists’ work as an emerging and increasingly important contribution to the contemporary art world.
Founded by Florence and Elias Katz in 1983, Creativity Explored has expanded to two locations: the main gallery and studio on 16th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District, and a second studio in nearby Potrero Hill. Gallery programming now includes six exhibitions per year, with more than 15,000 people visiting the gallery and studio annually.
For more information go to www.creativityexplored.org/