HJ Jackson
Artist statement

Born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, in 1938, H.J.Jackson (John to his friends) cut his first lino block during his last year at school in 1953. The small print earned him a place at Norwich Art School. He obtained a National Diploma in Graphic Design and subsequently worked in Marketing and Publicity, printmaking during evenings and weekends. Since 1995 he has pursued printmaking full time.

Working from photographic reference, John produces a drawing to the size of the proposed print. He then plans the number of lino blocks needed, some printing more than one colour.  The drawing is photocopied onto tracing paper, reversed and transferred using carbon onto the lino. With drawing ink, he identifies the areas to be retained before cutting using only two tools: a V tool and a small gauge. The different blocks are printed using oil based inks and pin-hole registration. The printing is carried out entirely by hand, burnishing using a tobacco tin.

The declining fishing industry features strongly in John’s work and he likes his boats to look as if they have been to sea. The multiple layers of ink result in a ‘treacly’ appearance which helps to gives them the look of working vessels.

High and Dry *NEW FOR 2017*
Image Size: 28 x 51cm |  Framed Size: 48 x 64cm
£240 Mounted | £310 framed
‘Afloat and Ashore’
'Afloat & Ashore' is a 144-page hardback book on the work and life of Norfolk printmaker HJ Jackson.

As well as a 24-page biographical section, illustrated with images from his youth and examples from his early portfolio, the book gathers together the bulk of John's fantastic linocuts of fishing boats, railway buildings, Norfolk landmarks and glimpses of a Norwich long since lost to redevelopment.

Detailed captions explain the stories behind the prints, and John's highly individual printmaking technique is set out - including the fabled tobacco tin used to burnish his prints.

This book is a must for anyone interested in the work of this master craftsman; in fact, it’s a must for anyone who loves art and/or Norfolk!
On the Foreshore
Image Size: 25 x 53cm |  Framed Size: 74 x 49cm
£210 Mounted | £270 framed
High Tide
Image Size: 44 x 42cm  |  Framed Size: 66 x 66cm
£340 Mounted | £410 framed
LN96 Dry Dock
Image Size: 15 x 20cm  |  Mounted Size: 33 X 41cm
£110 Mounted | £160 Framed
Wet Slipway
Image Size: 55 x 32cm  |  Mounted Size: 74 x 53cm
£190 mounted
To see more of John’s linocuts, pop into the gallery or get in touch and we will be happy to supply you with images and details of all the current work.

If you would like to purchase any of John’s work, we are happy to offer a mail order service and can accept payment by all major debit and credit cards over the telephone, or via Paypal.

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Or give us a call on 01328 711609
Empty Boxes
Image Size: 40 x 53cm  |  Framed Size: 48 x 74cm
£360 framed
Gift Vouchers and Mail Order available - please email, phone, or pop into the gallery.
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On the A149 Coast Road at the junction to Warham, Wighton and Walsingham .
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