Paintings by renowned artist and environmentalist, Kurt Jackson, will explore the diversity of British landscapes and native species in a new exhibition at Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
The museum will be showcasing 40 artworks by Mr Jackson alongside specimens from the Museum’s incredible collections, and with reflections from environmental and zoological researchers at the University of Oxford.
Mr Jackson said: “In this new body of work I’ve been focusing on the vital interdependence of the lifeforms and landscapes which make up our environment: that incredible variety of animals and plants in all their complexity, beauty and fragility that inhabit this country. I’m trying to raise awareness of the intricate, beautiful, but vulnerable ecosystems that exist all around us. By being aware of the life we share this planet with, we can appreciate and hopefully conserve it.”
The exhibition features paintings, sculptures and mixed-media works that take visitors on a tour of British forests, waterways and coastline, to the increasingly developed urban spaces where most of us now live.
Jackson’s new work ranges over landscapes as different as the fields of Somerset, the salt-mashes of Norfolk, and the dramatic coastline of Cornwall as well as to locales around Oxford. These contrasting environments provide a habitat for species that interact and depend on each other for their survival.
The exhibition ‘Biodiversity’ will be running until May 15.
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