STAFF PICK : A Kurt Jackson Bestiary

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Kurt Jackson is an artist well known for his environmentalism, and his love and respect for the natural world. In A Kurt Jackson Bestiary (2015) we are taken on what feels like a wonderful and varied field trip across Britain and Southern Europe, sketching and painting as we go. I say ‘we’ because the artist/author communicates the experience of producing art in a manner so vivid that it is easy to imagine yourself as part of the situations being described. The noise and excitement of sketching gulls on a Cornish fishing boat as sardines break the surface of the water, the peaceful morning in autumn where small copper butterflies are found ‘blissed out in their floral arcadia’, the quiet scientific focus when painting the tranquilised badger or the injured buzzard.