IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Claire Jackson – portraiture and Jewish narrative at the Salon Apr 21
April 17, 2013 at 11:26 am, by Timna Burston
Claire Jackson’s realistic portraiture draws inspiration from personal narrative. In this piece, Claire portrays her friend, Ben Abeles, who is 88 and arrived in England on the Kindertransport. Ben has lived in the United States and Israel as well as other countries.
The surrounding images show part of his story: the family who were murdered in the extermination camps two months after the wedding shown, Ben’s life as a chef, an airman and then a US scientist who developed a generator that powered the Mars Curiosity, and Ben’s late wife and new wife.
Claire explains that Ben reminds her of her father, who also lived in Czechoslovakia. The artist lovingly notes that both men were blessed with a wonderful sense of humour, strong Jewish identity and generous nature.
Claire Jackson lives and works in Leicestershire and her portraits draw inspiration from a number of other artists including Chagall, Vuillard and Matisse. Claire paints her portraits both from life and from photographs. For more details on Claire’s artwork, visit her website at www.