From the Ashes: Rebirth of the Human Spirit Art Exhibit

I recently went to my first art exhibit at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery and it was absolutelymind boggling. There were somany beautiful pieces,people, andBlack Artists. I was so excited and nervous, because I had never attended such an event. There were about 11 incredibly talented featured artist. The few that were in a attendance had beautiful spirits. Yet, there was a series of paintings that really stood out to me by the artist Hubert Jackson. In preparation for my blogI felt that I had to talk to one of the artists. In my mind I said " I have to interview someone, even though I'm beyond nervous." My friend pushed my to do it and so I spoke to Hubert Jackson,whose pieces are colorful, spiritual, and rooted in history.

Spirits of Brandy Station This piece contains artifacts, from Brandy Station, VA battlefield real horseshoes and tree bark from the grounds of Shiloh Baptist Church where Jackson's grandfather was a pastor.

Spirits of Brandy Station
This piece contains artifacts, from Brandy Station, VA battlefield real horseshoes and tree bark from the grounds of Shiloh Baptist Church where Jackson's grandfather was a pastor.

Spirits of the Wilderness This piece contains artifacts such as buttons from military uniforms and bark from Wilderness Battlefield near the county line of Orange and Culpeper, VA.

Spirits of the Wilderness
This piece contains artifacts such as buttons from military uniforms and bark from Wilderness Battlefield near the county line of Orange and Culpeper, VA.

Interview with Hubert Jackson:

Question 1: When did you fall in love with painting?

Jackson: "Oh since I was a child, when I was 5 years old I use to draw on the walls. And my grandmother worked in a doctor's office and there would be paintings[Rockwell]  on the wall that I would try to replicate.  I remember in first grade, my teacher asked what I wanted to be when I grow up I said "I want to be an artist!" In the same class we were asked to draw a man, and my classmates drew stick figures and things like that, but I drew a man in this baddpinstripe zoot suit.  She was stunned."

Question 2: What inspired your pieces for this exhibit?

Jackson: " My inspiration came from the Civil War era and the idea that many people have lived and died on the field, but are unaccounted for as a consequence of war, slavery, poverty, or the passage of time. I believe that even though they are no longer with us, their spirits remain as entities in nature and are embedded in earth's life forms."( His pieces contain vegetation and artifacts that are specific to each piece, which he gathers on-site, online, and collectors that he integrates into his pieces). "When I use artifacts in my pieces I feel that I am paying homage to the fallen spirits. "

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grow up? Did you stick to it or did something else move you? 

Felicia taliaferro