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A Door Is Not A Window

Herb Jackson, Dream of the Minotaur
Dream of the Minotaur

Herb Jackson

August 26, 2017 through January 28, 2018

Artist Herb Jackson, by Laura Grosch
Herb Jackson
(photo by Laura Grosch)

This presentation featured major abstract works from two past decades by Raleigh native Herb Jackson, one of North Carolina’s premier contemporary artists. The exhibition employed special lighting made possible by support from Wells Fargo.

Herb Jackson was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1945. He cannot recall a time when he was not busy painting and drawing, but remembers beginning to sell his artwork by the time he was ten or eleven. In 1962, he won first place in the North Carolina Artists Exhibition, an annual juried show for state residents sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art, while he was still a student at Broughton High School. The runners-up were art professors with established careers and decades of experience.

The title of the exhibition came from an explanation Jackson once offered about his work. “The history of narrative painting,” he said, “is based on representing a reality as if were viewed through a window, whereas I am interested in presenting a new entity that one enters, as if by a door.”