'A PARTY HAT FOR SAINT DENIS' - Dr. Matthew Jackson (Gallery A)

A party hat for Saint Denis.

An artist could be seen as a visual repository of experience. The longer I live, the deeper and muddier the experiential waters I wade in become. There is a blending of childhood influence and half remembered literary tales, poems and imagery. 

In general I have a vague awareness that the memories of my past are a pastiche or palimpsest, rather than an act of actual objective remembering. Creating physical images that reference this anachronistic and apocryphal misuse of memory and fiction, necessarily clarifies the fatuous nature of the act of remembering. 

The paintings that are born from this act are flawed, even in conception. They serve no purpose other than illustrating the melange of previously passively accepted understanding of ‘self’. An identity formed through the barely aware consumption of daily life, movies, recreational and pharmaceutical drug dreams, books, fairy tales, art, music, poetry and the striding/wading/stumbling gait of an artist trying to navigate contemporary life.

The title of this series of work speaks to this weirdly redundant endeavour. Saint Denis, famously beheaded before being beatified, is often depicted as a saint with his detached head carried in his own hands. Suggesting a party hat for Saint Denis is both inciting a sense of ridiculousness, but at the same time posing the question; why should such tragic figures not be celebrated?

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Paper Monarch 2019, oil on linen, 100cm x 200cm


Artists

  • Matthew Jackson

Pieces

MATTHEW JACKSON - Blind Pew

MATTHEW JACKSON - Blind Pew 

oil on canvas 2019, 122 x 92cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - Boscastle Nick

MATTHEW JACKSON - Boscastle Nick 

oil on canvas 2019, 51 x 40.5cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - Dark Hare

MATTHEW JACKSON - Dark Hare 

oil on canvas 2019, 51 x 40.5cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - Death and the maiden

MATTHEW JACKSON - Death and the maiden 

oil on canvas 2019, 51 x 40.5cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - Eurydice

MATTHEW JACKSON - Eurydice 

oil on canvas 2019, 51 x 40.5cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - Merlephant

MATTHEW JACKSON - Merlephant 

oil on canvas 2019, 40.5 x 51m

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MATTHEW JACKSON - Minotaurs

MATTHEW JACKSON - Minotaurs 

oil on canvas 2019, 107 x 81cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - Mr. Punch

MATTHEW JACKSON - Mr. Punch 

oil on canvas 2019, 40.5 x 51cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - Never going home 1

MATTHEW JACKSON - Never going home 1 

oil on canvas 2019, 51 x 40.5cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - Never going home 2

MATTHEW JACKSON - Never going home 2 

oil on canvas 2019, 51 x 40.5cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - Never going home 3

MATTHEW JACKSON - Never going home 3 

oil on canvas 2019, 51 x 40.5cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - Never going home 4

MATTHEW JACKSON - Never going home 4 

oil on canvas 2019, 51 x 40.5cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - Paper Monarch

MATTHEW JACKSON - Paper Monarch 

oil on linen 2019, 102 x 183cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - Self Portrait as a bucolic British landscape

MATTHEW JACKSON - Self Portrait as a bucolic British landscape 

oil on canvas 2019, 81 x 107cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - Self portrait as the King of Fools

MATTHEW JACKSON - Self portrait as the King of Fools 

oil on canvas 2019, 51 x 40.5cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - Solve

MATTHEW JACKSON - Solve 

oil on canvas 2019, 51 x 40.5cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - The Collector

MATTHEW JACKSON - The Collector 

oil on canvas 2019, 40.5 x 51cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - The Heirophant

MATTHEW JACKSON - The Heirophant 

oil on canvas 2019, 51 x 40.5cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - The Night Gavotte

MATTHEW JACKSON - The Night Gavotte 

oil on linen 2019, 102 x 183cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - The Seer

MATTHEW JACKSON - The Seer 

oil on canvas 2019, 51 x 40.5cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - The Skeptic

MATTHEW JACKSON - The Skeptic  

oil on canvas 2019, 51 x 40.5cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - Twins

MATTHEW JACKSON - Twins 

oil on canvas 2019, 51 x 40.5cm

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MATTHEW JACKSON - Self portrait as the Hermit

MATTHEW JACKSON - Self portrait as the Hermit sold

oil on canvas 2019, 51 x 40.5cm

MATTHEW JACKSON - Study for Sufferance

MATTHEW JACKSON - Study for Sufferance sold

oil on canvas 2019, 92 x 122cm

MATTHEW JACKSON - The Descent

MATTHEW JACKSON - The Descent sold

oil on canvas 2019, 40.5 x 51cm

MATTHEW JACKSON - Thoughts and Prayers

MATTHEW JACKSON - Thoughts and Prayers sold

oil on canvas 2019, 40.5 x 51cm

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