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H. Alfred Jackson

by on January 29, 2015

H. Alfred Jackson, African American artist, was born in the 1940’s (1940’s – 2001)

H. Alfred Jackson, African American artist, was born in the 1940’s.  He liked to go by the name of Hal.  Hal Alfred Jackson felt that an artist’s age was an issue and chose not to be specific when asked his age.  Alfred Jackson studied art at the American Academy in Chicago, Illinois.  For a time he was employed as a commercial artist and ‘broke away’ in order to pain the subject matter that he selected to paint.  Jackson enjoyed making still life displays with his ‘ginature’ water drops.  He was fascinated with  South Western pottery.  Having always been a perfectionist, he would sit at his easel for hours at a time, painting and repainting a drop of moisture or the stem of a vegetable or fruit.  Alfred Jackson won first place gold medals for realistic still life painting.  He participated in the Annual Gold Coast as well as the 57th Street Art Fairs. He battled a debilitating disease of diabetes for a large portion of his life.  He was a recluse who did not share the details of his life.  It was common for him to stop painting for long stretches of time and then to resume.  Alfred Jackson died in 2001.


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