”Pete Jackson is both a gifted artist and a genuine visionary. He combines unique painting skill with a keen perceptiveness of nature and spirituality. I treasure his work.”
– Justin Talbot Zorn, Author, Meditation Teacher, Former Senior Policymaker
Pete was born in 1956 into the peculiar southern oppression of the State of Virginia, with its broad-brush disenfranchisement of Black people and segregated, monochrome still life of Whites-only fountains and building entrances. He came of age in Washington, D.C. during the Black Power and Black Arts movements of the 1960s-1980s. The birth and rise of hip hop culture during the same era led to universal and specific questions about fairness and life purpose. Art and providence began to provide answers.
“Surrealism was not intended to transcend, but to penetrate reality.”
– Maurice Nadeau, The History of Surrealism
Mati also encouraged Pete to find and develop his unique voice. As Afro-Surrealism art continues to grow in practice and appreciation, here’s what Pete Jackson says about the diverse worlds his humanity, culture, artistic training and perspective inhabits:
“I feel as though just simply by speaking, I’m representing a perspective as a Black man, as a martial artist, an artist, and am called a spiritual teacher. My artistic voice births paintings that use symbolism, mythology, world religions, philosophy and diverse cultural beliefs to ask and answer questions. I make the effort to honor the lineage and purpose of the surrealist movement.”