Veteran Norfolk printmaker, H.J.Jackson has been producing his full-colour linocuts for over sixty years. On leaving the Norwich School of Art in the late 1950s he had to devise a method of printing without the services of a press. Ingeniously, the answer was to use the base of his tobacco tin as a burnishing tool – a method he still employs to this day.
H.J. produced his first editioned print in 1958 inspired by the closure of his local railway. He was determined to try and record the scene. This work set the style of subject matter that he would later choose – the disappearing railway, old houses and streets about to make way for the developer, and what was to become his main inspiration, the declining fishing industry.
H.J. is a Senior Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Prntmakers and a member of the Society of Wood Engravers. In 2013 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Norfolk Arts Awards. His prints are celebrated in the books Afloat and Ashore: the Linocuts of H.J.Jackson and A Printmaker’s Christmas: the Greetings Cards of H.J.Jackson, both published by Mascot Media.
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