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"I was overcome by Venice's atmosphere of melancholia on my first visit, and inspired by the strange mixture of historical resonance, beauty and decay."

Philip Jackson in an interview with the late Sheridan Morley, 2001.

Leading British sculptor, Philip Jackson is to hold a one man exhibition, entitled "Sacred and Profane" at The Catto Gallery, London, May 29th to June 24th 2007. Inspired and influenced by his love and fascination with the beauty and decay of Venice, Jackson will be showing a collection of twenty bronze works selected from his signature collection.

The "Sacred and Profane" theme, investigates both religious inspiration, as seen in Cloister Conspiracy, and the movement and flow of dance, as with Palastrina’s Pavan. ‘Whether with robed, masked or faceless figures reminiscent of 18th century Venetian procurators, graceful, delicately poised works or the prestigious, figuratively detailed monumental public social figures for which he is often commissioned, Philip Jackson's work moves people.

Hauntingly elegant or theatrically enigmatic, individually or cloistered together, the meticulously precise posturing of the work creates an overwhelming sense of drama from which emanates highly charged emotions, secrets, conspiracies and intrigues.’ Commented, Dr Sharon-Michi Kusunoki. A selection of impressionist figurative sculptures being shown will include Serenissma, The Dogerina's Progress, Reading Chaucer and The Sentinels.

Considered a leading British Sculptor by the art world, and with a career spanning over twenty-five years, the exhibition will also provide a rare opportunity for the public to see and purchase Philip Jackson's work. The show at The Catto Gallery will be the first solo-show Jackson has had in London. May 2007 will also see the unveiling of a further public work; a monumental statue of football legend, Bobby Moore for the new Wembley National Stadium. He also won the commission to create the memorial of H.M. the Queen Mother, to be unveiled in 2008. Based at his studio in West Sussex, Jackson likes to divide his time between private commissions and gallery work.

Mrs Gillian Catto, owner and curator of The Catto Gallery, said she was delighted to be hosting Philip Jackson's exhibition: "Key to Philip Jackson's work is its versatility and universal appeal. The work is at home in a drawing room as much as in rolling parkland, it is both elemental and organic. This is a wonderful opportunity to see this intricate and intimate side of his work."
Previous acclaimed Jackson sculptures include, The Young Mozart in Belgravia, marking the composer's first visit to England, The Raoul Wallenberg Memorial, and the equestrian statue of HM The Queen to celebrate her Golden Jubilee. He is also known for his larger than life bronze formation, celebrating the Liberation of Jersey from Nazi occupation and Christ in Judgement at Chichester Cathedral.
For further information, images and a catalogue of the forthcoming "Sacred and Profane" exhibition, contact The Catto Gallery, 100 Heath Street, Hampstead.

For further information:

Mrs Gillian Catto
The Catto Gallery
100 Heath Street
London NW3 1DP

Tel: 020 7435 6660
Fax: 020 7431 5620

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Notes to Editors:

Philip Jackson MA FRBS FRSA

Jackson’s work was influenced as a student by the work of Epstein and Rodin. He later worked on some of Henry Moore’s larger works with him, as well as working with Oscar Nemon. The work of the late Kenneth Armitage whom he has known for many years, has also inspired and influenced Philip. It was his first trip to Venice to fit one of his sculptures to a ship in Mestre that was to prove his overriding influence. His introduction to the city was seeing it for the first time from the sea through the mist. He fell in love with the place and took every opportunity to explore the city, the galleries and study its history. It was the convention of the mask in Venice that intrigued him, where Venetians were able to carry out assignations, vendettas, and dangerous liaisons without being spotted. He noticed masked figures inhabited paintings of many of the great artists of the day including Cannaletto, Bellotto, Guardi and Longhi; and so began his signature ‘Mask Series’ of abstract cloaked and masked figures.

Born in Inverness, and with his father based in the Gold Coast in the colonial service, he stayed with his grandmother and great aunt during short school holidays. Jackson devoured the collection of art books in their libraries, where he leant to love and understand painting and sculpture.

When he was 11 he found a book on contemporary sculpture at a second hand book shop and from then on decided he wanted to become a sculptor. He taught himself about art whilst at school and attended Farnham School of Art. Here he had the best possible grounding as a sculptor and learnt the classical skills of life drawing, life modelling and the traditional methods of sculpture using clay and plaster and carving wood and stone.


• Bobby Moore sculpture for front of new Wembley Stadium (to be unveiled May 2007)
• Sculpture of HM The Queen Mother for The Mall, London (date for unveiling not yet known)
• One man exhibition – Bishop’s Palace and Gardens, Wells
• One man exhibition – Savill Gardens, Windsor Great Park
• Sculpture Group of George Best, Dennis Law and Bobby Charlton for Manchester United to be unveiled 2008


• Sculpture of the Founders of St Margaret’s Convent, Handsworth unveiled March
• Sotheby’s exhibition Isleworth, USA
• One man exhibition West Dean College and Gardens, May – July


• One man exhibition at Palace House and Abbey Cloister, Beaulieu
• Sculpture of Terence Cuneo – unveiled in October by The Princess Royal
• Awarded Honorary Master of Arts degree – University of Chichester

2002- 2003

• Sculpture of King George VI for Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth (unveiled by The Princess Royal, April 2002)
• One man exhibition Chichester Cathedral
• Champions for West Ham United FC and London Borough of Newham (unveiled April 2003)
• Equestrian sculpture of Her Majesty the Queen to celebrate the Jubilee for Windsor Great Park, (unveiled by Her Majesty the Queen 2003)

2000 – 2001

• In-Pensioner for The Royal Hospital, Chelsea unveiled by Duke of
• Westminster
• St Richard for Chichester Cathedral unveiled by Bishop of Chichester
• St George for Linch War Memorial
• Elected member of the Art Workers Guild
• One man exhibition Chichester Cathedral
• One man exhibition Samares Manor, Jersey
• One man exhibition Rymans, Chichester

1996 – 1998

• Sir Matt Busby Sculpture unveiled at Old Trafford, Manchester
• One man exhibition Pashley Manor, East Sussex
• One man exhibition Parkview Gallery, Bristol
• Wallenberg Monument unveiled in London by HM The Queen
• The Gurka Memorial unveiled in London by HM The Queen
• Constantine the Great unveiled at York Minster by Lord Coggan
• Wallenberg Monument unveiled in Buenos Aires, Argentine
• Christ in Judgement unveiled at Chichester Cathedral by Lord St John of Fawsley
• One man exhibition in Naples Florida, USA
• Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sissi) unveiled in Geneva

1993 – 1995

• Winner of Liberation Sculpture Competition, Jersey, Channel Islands
• Awarded Otto Beit Medal for Sculpture (1993)
• One man exhibition Stansted Park Foundation
• One man exhibition Chichester Festival
• The Young Mozart unveiled in London by HRH The Princess Margaret
• One man exhibition Casanova Gardens, Venice
• Unveiling of Jersey Liberation Sculpture by HRH The Prince of Wales
• One man exhibition Jersey Museum, Jersey, Channel Islands

1990 – 1992

• Awarded Otto Beit for Sculpture (1991 and 1992)
• Awarded Silver Medal by Royal Society of British Sculptors
• Winner of Mozart Bicentenary Sculpture Competition – Belgravia, London 1991
• One man exhibition, Solothurn, Switzerland
• Falklands War Memorial Sculpture unveiled at Portsmouth by Baroness Thatcher

1987 – 1989

• Winner of National Peace Sculpture Competition, Manchester City Council 1987
• Elected Fellow Royal Society of British Sculptors

The Catto Gallery

The Catto Gallery is one of London’s leading contemporary fine art galleries. Since founding the Gallery in 1986, Gillian Catto has built up a reputation for excellence and has created a friendly and warm environment for collectors throughout the world. The Catto Gallery represents over 50 internationally acclaimed artists all of whom can be seen on this web site. 12 exhibitions are held a year; the catalogues for these exhibitions can also be viewed on this web site.

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