Matthew Day Jackson creates fascinating collage reinterpretations of flower paintings from the 16th and 17th century made with artificial, manufactured and contemporary materials on show at Hauser & Wirth.

I like collages and I’ve always admired those fabulous still life flower paintings by Jan Breughel (Elder and Younger) and major Dutch artists. It’s great to see that American artist Matthew Day Jackson has looked closely at those detailed works and created lively  reinterpretations of those classic compositions using a variety of contemporary materials.


Using formica, acrylic paint, epoxy resin, scorched wood and metal, Jackson has cleverly created contrast and harmony between the delicate fronds of flowers and the texture of leaves, foliage, vases and gritty backgrounds. The colours are lively and the silk screen printing captures the detail of petals and delicate flora.

The show is on at Hauser & Wirth in Savile Row, London. Also on show were  Jackson’s ‘reclining nudes’. These sculptures are in bronze but look as though they’ve been formed from charred logs, twigs and thistles and a variety of forest floor bits and pieces.  I was intrigued but definitely more drawn to the art on the wall.

Hauser & Wirth, Matthew Day Jackson, Still Life and the Reclining Nude

1 March – 28 April 2018

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