Based in Los Angeles since the early 1970s, Jackson has expanded the definition and practice of painting more than any other contemporary figure. His wildly inventive, exuberant, and irreverent take on “action” painting has dramatically extended its performative dimensions, merged it with sculpture, and repositioned it as an art of everyday experience.
Jackson has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include,’The Little Girl’s Room, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles CA, (2011) and ‘Accidents in Abstract Painting’, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena CA, (2012). The latter saw Jackson fly and crash a radio-controlled, model military plane with a fifteen-foot wingspan, filled with paint, into a twenty-foot wall that read “accidents in abstract painting.” He was most recently the subject of a retrospective exhibition entitled Richard Jackson : Ain’t Painting a Pain at the Orange County Museum of Art. Jackson is represented by Hauser and Wirth.