This series of paintings was made last autumn. When the blackberries appear you know that summer is coming to an end; when the blackberries have been spat on by the devil, you know winter is on the way. Along with the leaves changing their colour they are the archetypal sign of autumn. Being the last wild food still gathered by everyone they symbolise that contact, that connection with the seasonal rhythms of the countryside still hanging by a thread here in Britain. With their vivid unripe scarlet and crimsons contrasting with the indigo and black ripened berries; the viridian leaves in their repeating threesomes and those off white almost pink delicate petals framed and protected by the crisscrossing lattices of briar and bramble – this is where the whitethroats nest and the bees buzz; so much to be drawn into, so much to paint.
Kurt Jackson 2013
The Blackberries were on display as part of Kurt Jackson Sketchbooks from 22nd November 2012 - 7th February 2013 at The Redfern Gallery, Cork Street, London W1S 3HL.
- Isobel’s vase and Isobel’s blackberries, September 2012.
- October, 2012.
- Evening, Autumn, September 2012.
- Evening still life, September 2012.
- A touch of Autumn, September 2012.
- Brambles in the vase from the charity shop, September 2012.
- Brambles, 2012.
- Sunshine seed time, 2000/2002.
- Autumn’s blackberries, 2012.
- Cornish blackberries, 2012.
- Wild garden, sun and shade, 1997.
- A bronze bramble, 2012.
- A bronze bramble, 2012. (Detail)
- Big posh blackberries, 2012.
- And a touch of Autumn, 2012.
- Bramble hedge, 2012.
- December bramble, 2010.
- Tin and copper, 2012.
- Over the brambles to the sea, 2012.
- Autumn, 2012.
The Blackberries ran 22nd Nov 2012 - 7th Feb 2013 at The Redfern Gallery, Cork Street, London.