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A Kurt Jackson Bestiary
A Kurt Jackson Bestiary

A Kurt Jackson Bestiary

By Kurt Jackson, Foreword by John Krebs, Introduction by Charlotte Mullins


160 Pages, 8.98 x 10.63

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $79.99 (US $79.99) (CA $95.99)

Publication Date: September 2015

ISBN 9781848221703

Rights: US & CA

Lund Humphries (Sep 2015)

Price: $79.99


Natural history and art have been life-long preoccupations of the leading British painter Kurt Jackson (b.1961). For this book, Jackson has returned to zoology, the subject he studied at university, to create a beautiful bestiary: a body of work about fauna. Bestiaries date back to medieval times when religious instruction promoted the study and interpretation of animal life, often with the aid of elaborate illustrations. Later, the religious framework fell away, as artists and authors including Picasso, Toulouse Lautrec, Guillaume Apollinaire and Jorge Luis Borges used the form as a means of exploring nature, humanity and the relationship between the two. Jackson's contemporary bestiary extends this tradition, looking closely at both everyday and lesser-known species of birds, insects, mammals and fish in order to stimulate readers' connections with and appreciation of the world around them. Combining stunning imagery with commentaries and poems written by the artist, the book gives fascinating insights into the working life of one of the most popular and original artists working in Britain today, and makes a perfect companion to both Kurt Jackson (2012) and Kurt Jackson Sketchbooks (2012/2014).


"Kurt Jackson has reimagined nature painting. His bestiary is another way of looking at the world and this is an ideal moment to consider it." —Independent

Author Biography

British artist Kurt Jackson's practice involves both plein air and studio work and embraces an extensive range of materials and techniques, including mixed media, large canvases, printmaking and sculpture. He has been Artist-in-Residence on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, at the Eden Project and at Glastonbury Festival since 1999, and is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter's College, Oxford University. Dr Charlotte Mullins is an art historian, writer and broadcaster. Her current project, Picturing People, a book on contemporary figurative painting, was published in 2015. Lord Krebs is a zoologist with a particular interest in ecology and behaviour. He has enjoyed a distinguished academic career and is currently Principal of Jesus College, Oxford.