Fruition – Figurative Art by Julia Martin and Buddy Jackson


Fruition – Figurative Art by Julia Martin and Buddy Jackson

November 18 to December 16

Opening reception on November 18, 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Closing reception on December 16, 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A selection of art by Julia Martin and Buddy Jackson will be featured in Fruition at 33 Contemporary Gallery, November 18 to December 16. Organized by arts writer, curator, and consultant Sara Lee Burd, the subject of Fruition is women approached by two artists whose content and form derives from their unique experiences, concepts, and relationships with women. Martin and Jackson’s figurative paintings are colorful expressions that evoke the beauty and energy reminiscent of the Post-impressionist art. Sculptures by Martin and Jackson will be on exhibit as well as Jackson’s gum dichromate prints.

Julia Martin

Julia Martin’s latest series of paintings focus on single figure female faces, rendered with expressive lines and tonal complexity. Guided by instinct she explores line and color to develop compositions. Using layers of non-objective colors, Martin realizes unique faces on canvas that communicate individual personality and identity. Her wooden sculptural work complements her paintings conceptually and enables her the freedom to explore a more hands on process. Martin searches for inspiration within herself to make art that expresses what she knows and feels as a woman. “The feminine flows freely out of me for obvious reason, but there’s a cocktail of deep-seated strength and vulnerability in women that I find utterly fascinating.”

Julia Martin Bio

Nashville-based painter Julia Martin works primarily in figurative art with an emphasis on color. She studied art at the School of Visual Arts before beginning her own studio practice. Her work has been exhibited around the United States, including La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, POP Gallery in Santa Fe, Hunter Museum in Chattanooga, and the Customs House Museum in Clarksville. In addition to making art, Martin owns Julia Martin Gallery in Nashville’s Wedgewood/Houston arts district. She curates monthly exhibitions that feature artists from around the country. For more information about Julia Martin, visit

Buddy Jackson

Buddy Jackson’s new series of paintings, gum dichromate prints, and bronze sculptures highlight body and facial expressions, which poignantly evoke the beauty, strength, and vulnerability that permeates the human condition. Jackson’s focus on representing women comes from his admiration of their perseverance despite inequalities “little boys are taught by society—by school, by coaches, by their dads, by their moms, by everybody—that feminine traits are bad. But then we expect these little boys to grow up and respect women. Jackson’s representations of women are guided by what he sees in himself and his rejection of binary gender stereotypes that restrict men and women from revealing their authentic physical and emotional selves.

Buddy Jackson Bio

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1952, Jackson spent most of his childhood learning the language of the South in the hills and mountains of East Tennessee. The grandson of a Tennessee sign painter, he found solace in the creativity that flowed through him as it did in his Grandad before him. He attended UT for oil painting before moving to Nashville and starting Jackson Design, a premier design firm which he owned and operated for over twenty-five years. He was largely successful due to his fine art approach and went on to earn two Grammy’s for art direction and countless other awards for his work in the field. Jackson eventually sold his design business to continue his practice as a contemporary fine artist. Since then his critically acclaimed sculpture, photography, drawings and paintings have been included in several exhibitions, public and private collections and publications all over the country.

Curator’s Note

One objective of this exhibition is to introduce artworks by two prominent Nashville artists to Chicago. I am interested in beginning a conversation about art from the South. While many Southern artists receive national and international recognition, many remain underrepresented in terms of prevalence and prominence. An exhibition such as this is an opportunity to see two artistic voices that are examples of the fine art being produced in Nashville, TN. Martin and Jackson do not represent the whole of art from the south. In fact there is no single narrative of southern art, but these artists are significant contributors to the fabric of the rich, diverse art being produced. Martin and Jackson create skilled, imaginative artworks with eclectic color and form and whose subjects and details provoke contemplative moments.