“it’s about time”

You guys… ART FOR YOUR EAR is back! Yep, here we are at the beginning of Season No.5, and I could not be more thrilled to be kicking things off with this talented, insightful, soft-spoken artist. American artist Ronald Jackson is my very first guest back… after a much longer than planned break. I’m sure you’ll recognize his work as I’ve written about him before, but hearing his self-taught story {he had a 20 year career in the military before becoming a painter!?} makes me admire him more than I already did. Ready? You can listen right up there under “Some Wore the Skin of Invisible Men”, or subscribe right here.

First, a few of his most recent paintings, along with a shot of Ronald in the studio so you can, A. see the man behind the voice, and B. understand the scale of these masked beauties:

Gasp! So. Good.

I thought I’d include his work from 2018 as well. This is what he was doing when I first reached out to him about being on the podcast:

Yep, those are all stop-you-in-your-tracks gorgeous, too. And yes, that’s NOLA based artist Ashley Longshore with two pieces of Ronald’s that she now owns. LOVE!

Now, what did his work look like before he started adding masks to his subjects? I’m so glad you asked:

Again, so beautiful, but isn’t it so interesting to see the evolution? Speaking of which, here are the narrative paintings he was working on before that big show that required a lot of BIG work:

So different, yet you can absolutely see his hand in these paintings too. I wonder if he’ll head back in this direction at some point? We’ll have to keep an eye on that!

And finally, this is his painting that was recently acquired by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas:

“In a Day, She Became the Master of Her House”. Beautiful, on so many levels.

But wait! Before you go … I found this photo on Ronald’s Instagram feed and just had to include it… he’s 1 of 11 children! Can you spot him? Hint: he’s the baby of the family:

Awww, so cute! Thanks so much to Ronald for taking the time to share his stories with me, and thank YOU for coming back for season no.5 … there will be more ART FOR YOUR EAR next weekend.

comments (8)

  1. Jen /// 10.24.2020 /// 9:11pm

    Hooray, the podcast is back and with such a great opener! I’ve been following Ronald on IG for awhile now, and I loved learning more about his journey and work. Maybe time will be my friend, and one day I’ll be in a position to buy one of his gorgeous paintings!

  2. Peg Grady /// 10.26.2020 /// 10:18am

    Listened to your podcast last night while working on my latest stitching and am so happy you are back and interviewing fascinating artists once again! Thanks for introducing Ronald Jackson to me and all of your other followers. His work is powerful and I so want to see one of those portraits in person. The computer screen just doesn’t do him justice, I’m sure. Hope you are recovering as quickly as possible. Having had abdominal surgery twice I feel your pain. Hang in there…it gets better.

  3. the jealous curator /// 10.26.2020 /// 4:29pm

    thank you, peg!

  4. Cheryl Hansen /// 10.31.2020 /// 9:16pm

    Fantastic! Love the evolution of his work. So beautiful in every way.

  5. the jealous curator /// 11.01.2020 /// 9:48am

    me too!

  6. Pascale Faux /// 03.22.2021 /// 6:38pm

    What a remarkable journey.
    Fantastic conversation.

  7. Tinam Valk /// 02.02.2023 /// 9:51am

    I love listening to your podcasts, and your insightful questions, while I am painting. It enhances the experience. The Robert Jackson interview was especially inspiring, he comes across as such a sincere and thoughtful artist and man.
    I only discovered your podcasts about 6 months ago, but I am so glad I finally did.

  8. the jealous curator /// 02.22.2023 /// 9:35pm

    oh thank you! you can find new episodes on youtube! 🙂

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