Bill Jackson

"Limbo and the City of Dis"

September 5 - October 12, 2013 

Reception for the artist September 5, 6 – 8 pm

City Art kicks of the fall 2013 arts season with "Limbo and the City of Dis", a solo exhibition by William G. Jackson. The show opens on September 5, 2013 with a reception for the artist from 6pm - 8pm and continues thru October 12.

Jackson comments, “My present body of work, inspired by the epic poem "Dante's Inferno", consists of both figurative and abstract paintings. While the paintings may appear unrelated, they are united by the subject matter contained within the cantos about Limbo and the City of Dis. Limbo is set just across the River Acheron inside the Gates of Hell and contains the souls of the innocents, poets and heroes. Dante describes Limbo as a beautiful place with emerald colored fields and flowers. In contrast the City of Dis is iron walled, dark and has only two dim beacons of fire to light the enclosure. There are famous sinners being punished here.

”Dante's religious beliefs did not concern me as I painted, but his vivid descriptions of this imagined place continue to fascinate me. Most of the paintings were produced through intuition and from my expressive response to this literary work.”

Jackson studied painting and drawing at Northern Virginia Community College with Jean Auvil. As a Medical Corpsman he served with 2nd Battalion 9th Marines 1968-69 South Viet Nam and wounded in action. He has been awarded the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He has a degree in Nursing from Northern Virginia Community College and completed the Nurse Anesthesia Program at St. Joseph Hospital in Lancaster, PA.