director: erica ballard
jackson ballard (1970 -
American Folk Artist
Exhibitions & Collections:
'Taos is Art' 2020 Town Banner, Objects of Art Santa Fe, EVOKE Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, Los Ranchos, NM, Oklahoma State University, OK, Motion Pictures Studios, Los Angeles, CA
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, IN, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, California, Mexico, Tokyo, Japan, London, UK
A native of Oklahoma and long time resident of New Mexico, Jackson is inspired by the people and culture of the Southwest.
His beginning inspirations started with a first visit to Taos, NM in the nineties and soon continued on into the discovery of the early Taos and Santa Fe artists.
Self taught with no formal training, his talent was discovered at a very young age when he started winning multiple regional and national awards in art that later developed into an interest in and admiration for the well known former impressionist painters that came to New Mexico in the early 1900's.
As his interest in the older and ascetically beautiful aspects and artifacts of New Mexico grew, his style of painting developed into eclectic scenes and sectional stories that captured and described commonly old cultural traditions namely those of the Pueblo and Hispanic cultures that portray both the people and their relationship to the land.
Jackson has been painting for over 25 years but it wasn't until recently that he's been recognized as an acclaimed American Contemporary Folk artist in earning a position for his work to be on permanent display and to be part of a well versed and accredited art collection of fellow impressionist artists such as Gustave Baumann, Peter Hurd, Harry Garrison Miller and photographer Laura Gilpin in the completion of a multiple commissioned work for Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm; the Historic Registry space designed by Pueblo Revival style architect John Gaw Meen in Los Ranchos, NM.
Jackson's unique style and attention to detail as a master colorist can be found in the the various mediums he works with which include: oil, watercolor, pastel, clay and plaster.