Known as ‘The People’s Artist’ Ashley Jackson’s down to earth attitude to art as well as his talent, is appreciated the world over. His works have been exhibited worldwide and adorn the walls of many successful and famous people; from politicians to actors and from Tsars to Princes.
In 1996 Jackson was presented with the award of Yorkshire Arts and Entertainment Personality of the Year for his commitment, promotion and encouragement of art. Whilst in 2006 he was honoured with their Lifetime Achievement award. Further awards of Yorkshire Icon and Yorkshire man of the year have since been bestowed on the artist. As an adopted Yorkshire man he is extremely proud to have received such honours from his peers.
It may seem that accolades have been bestowed only by fellow Yorkshire men; however, should you search further you will find one man exhibitions at The Mall Galleries, Milan, United States of America, and Spain where he has exhibited alongside Picasso, Dali and Miro.
The Freedom of the City of London was granted in 2005. Whilst 2013 will see Jackson honoured with a University Doctorate from the University of Huddersfield for his lifelong commitment to the Arts.
Jackson is extremely well known through his television work where his easy informative style has served to communicate both the technique and joy of landscape painting to tens of thousands of people. To the viewer it was and still is art at its most accessible, genuine art created by someone staying close to nature.
His books of which there have been 10 have been extremely well received, none more so than, “My Yorkshire Sketch Book" written to celebrate the beauty of many of the Yorkshire Moors and Dales that he has sketched throughout his 50 years in the profession as an artist.
"I hope that when you look at my paintings you might also feel a connection to imagine the wet marsh land beneath your feet, the impending storm clouds gathering and the wind in your face for this is what I wish to convey through the watercolour landscape".
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