Born in 1961 in Preston, Lancashire, Michael Jackson has been interested in wildlife, drawing and painting since early childhood. After leaving the school he studied illustration for 4 years at Blackpool College of Art. He was the first student ever to achieve a distinction and was awarded the “Student of? the Year” title by the Rotary Club of Great Britain, in recognition of the exceptional quality and? detail of his work. After leaving college in 1982, Michael became a full-time fine artist, specializing in advertising illustration, he also worked part-time at Blackpool College to teach Natural History, Scientific and Technical Illustration for over 5 years.
Since his very first exhibition at the Ethos Gallery, Clitheroe, in 1982, he has had many sellout exhibitions in the UK, America, Barbados and Bermuda, as well as achieving record prices for his work at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonham’s. He was exclusively? represented for fifteen years by the Halcyon Gallery in London’s Mayfair.
Michael’s quest for inspiration leads him to travel the world in pursuit of the subject matter that fuels his passion to paint. He chooses to explore those countries that provide opportunities for observing the wonderful multiplicity of life, and has had the good fortune to see exceptional species such as the endangered Bengal tigers and the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. He is a committed conservationist and has worked with charities such as Fauna & Flora International, The Rainforest Foundation and Care for the Wild, amongst many others.
It is all of these amazing and privileged experiences that have influenced and inspired Jackson’s work. Some of the paintings express a strong narrative that is pertinent to modern day life, whilst others bring about a fusion of vibrant expressionism and realism that has not been seen before.