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A unique presentation of contemporary art and science this spring at the Jackson Foundation. Reopens May 24 2017. 

 

This exhibition has toured from its initial prestigious opening at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (where it attracted over 100,000 visitors) to take up residence at the Jackson Foundation Gallery in Cornwall, a large new environmentally informed art space near St Ives.

 

Featuring new and unseen paintings and sculpture as well as material from the touring exhibition, this body of work explores and celebrates the diversity, role, importance and current plight of bees and other pollinators.

 

Acknowledging the dangers faced by British bees, Kurt Jackson has spent the past few years exploring the world of pollinators, producing a collection of pieces that are also informed by his grounding in the sciences and his experience as a beekeeper in Cornwall.

 

Bees (and the odd wasp) in My Bonnet brings this body of work together and includes both plein air and studio pieces embracing an extensive range of materials and techniques including mixed media, large canvases, print making, sculpture and film.

 

In collaboration with two charities working for the bee, Friends of the Earth, the B4 Project [Bringing Back Black Bees] – whose patrons include Eden Project creator Sir Tim Smit and Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis CBE – as well as Cornwall Wildlife Trust the show presents Jackson’s art alongside fascinating and informative displays of their invaluable work. Along with the latest scientific research into the hazards facing bees, such as neonicotinoid pesticides and habitat losses, the exhibition offers a reflective and empirical view of British bees and wasps.

 

“My interests in the natural history of bees and wasps goes back to my youth,” says Kurt Jackson. “ As a student reading Zoology at Oxford University I joined an expedition to the Venezuelan Amazon and brought back half a dozen [thought to be new to science] wasp specimens with drawings and information about their nests..”

 

“This is a wonderful opportunity to view the excellent work of a contemporary artist whose art is concerned with the natural environment. Combining Kurt Jackson’s pieces with current science chimes with ambitions to reflect different approaches to natural history …..the interface of art, science and nature.”  –  Professor Paul Smith, director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

  • Bombus terrestris. 2014.
    oil on wood.
    15.5 x 11cm.

    £2,500.
  • Bombus hortorum. 2014.
    oil on wood.
    17 x 11cm.

    £2,500.
  • Bombus pascuorum. 2014.
    oil on wood.
    16 x 11cm.

    £2,500.
  • A presence in the orchard. September 2016.
    mixed media on wood panel.
    60 x 60cm.

    £8,000.
  • Hard tops, bees and cow moo. 2016.
    mixed media on wood panel.
    60 x 60cm.

    £8,000.
  • Bernard’s bees. March 2014.
    mixed media on wood panel.
    60 x 60cm.

    £8,000.
  • Give bees a chance. 2013.
    drypoint.
    edition of 50.
    plate size 8 x 8cm.

    £100 unframed.
  • Precious honeybees. 2013.
    bronze, silver and gold.
    26 x 29cm.

    £4,000.
  • Bees bumbling around the kitchen table. 2014.
    mixed media on paper.
    43 x 42cm.

    £5,750.
  • Walking the tide line around Cobnor Point, sunshine and south-westerlies. March 2008.
    acrylic and collage.
    19.5cm x 20cm.

    £3,000.
  • Bombus. 2014.
    oil on canvas.
    122 x 122cm.

    POA
  • Quietly humming in the early Spring sunshine. 2014.
    mixed media on wood panel.
    60 x 60cm

    £8,000.
  • Provence wasp on a flower. July 2013.
    mixed media on board.
    14 x 21cm.

    £3,000.
  • Suffolk hornet. September 2013.
    mixed media on paper.
    18 x 12cm.

    £2,550.
  • The wasp that woke up on the first day of Spring, St Just. March 2014.
    mixed media on board.
    20 x 20cm.

    £3,000.
  • Bees and thistles, Dorset. August 2013.
    mixed media on board.
    32 x 32cm.

    £4,500.
  • Worker honeybees, Cornwall. September 2013.
    mixed media on bee keepers form.
    15 x 21cm.

    £2,250.
  • Amazonian wasp and nest, Venezuela. August 1982.
    watercolour and pencil.
    24 x 18cm.

    NFS
  • Bumble bee and shrew. July 2013.
    acrylic on board.
    15.5 x 21.5cm.

    £3,000.
  • Apis. 2015.
    oil on canvas.
    122 x 122cm.

    POA
  • Vespa. 2015.
    oil on canvas.
    122 x 122cm.

    POA
  • Bee flowers. 2015.
    bronze and brass on stone base.
    28 x 11 x 8.5cm.

    £6,000.
  • Honey bird bee, Pseudobombus avis. 2015.
    bronze on oak base.
    16 x 7 x 7cm.

    £4,500.
  • Bramble visitor. June 2014.
    mixed media on board.
    20 x 20cm.

    £3,000.
  • Sweet life 1. 2015.
    found objects in wooden display case.
    37 x 28 x 5cm.

    £2,500.
  • Sweet Life 2. 2015.
    found objects in wooden display case.
    37 x 28 x 5cm.

    £2,500.
  • In the balance. 2015.
    wood, gold, cloth, tin, plastic, flowers, paint.
    44 x 24 x 22cm.

    NFS
  • Book of French bees. 2015.
    found objects.
    18 x 23cm.

    POA
  • Honey dippers, honey wands. 2015.
    various woods and silver in perspex box.
    19 x 15 x 15cm.

    POA
  • Its all about the honey. 2015.
    wood, metal and mixed media.
    55 x 45cm.

    £3,000.
  • Bees dance. 2015.
    bronze and silver.
    15 x 8cm approx.

    £3,750.
  • Bee dance. 2015.
    bronze, silver and brass leaf.
    15 x 7cm approx.

    £3,750.
  • Bee bowls. 2016.
    stoneware.
    12cm diameter.

    £250 each
  • The most south-westerly hives in the British Isles, St Agnes, Scilly. August 2015.
    mixed media on paper.
    57 x 62cm.

    £7,500
  • The bee girls, sunshine and smoke. May 2014.
    mixed media on paper.
    57 x 58cm.

    £7,500.
  • Oberice apiary, Kent. Winter sunshine and sleeping bees. December 2013.
    mixed media on wood panel.
    60 x 60cm.

    £8,000.
  • Beekeeper and smoker. May 2014.
    mixed media on paper.
    41 x 27cm.

    £4,750.
  • Bees that buzz and dance. October 2013.
    mixed media on board.
    31 x 38cm.

    £4,750.
  • Bumble bees stumble. Summer 2013.
    mixed media on board.
    24 x 21cm.

    £3,500.
  • Summer bees. August 2013.
    mixed media on board.
    27 x 27cm.

    £4,000.
  • “There we are girls”. May 2014.
    mixed media on paper.
    25 x 24cm.

    £3,500.
  • Two hives. 2014 .
    oil on canvas.
    17 x 21cm.

    £3,250.
  • Hampshire hives and oaks. July 2013.
    mixed media on board.
    20 x 21cm.

    £3,250.
  • Two hives in Hampshire. July 2013.
    mixed media on board.
    21 x 20cm.

    £3000.
  • Hot suburban bees. August 2013.
    mixed media on board.
    22 x 20cm.

    £3,250.
  • Hot Provencal morning, bees in the lavender. July 2013.
    mixed media on board.
    22 x 22cm.

    £3,250.
  • One flower, many visitors. July 2013.
    mixed media on board.
    20 x 20cm.

    £3,000.
  • Bombus lapidarius. June 2014.
    mixed media on board.
    20 x 20cm.

    £3,000.
  • On the Thames tow path. May 2013.
    mixed media on board.
    20 x 20cm.

    £3,000.
  • Wasp and runner beans on the tablecloth. 2014.
    mixed media on board.
    22 x 22cm.

    £3,250.
  • Somerset bumble bees on the hogweed. June 2013.
    mixed media on paper.
    19 x 17cm.

    £3,000.
  • Meeting on a rose. July 2013.
    mixed media on board.
    17 x 12cm.

    £2,500.
  • Hives. 2016.
    bronze.
    from 16 x 6 x 6cm to 9 x 5 x 5cm.

    NFS
  • A keen Scilly breeze with the thrift at my feet and the keen Scilly bees in the thrift. 2016.
    mixed media on linen.
    168 x 199cm.

    POA
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