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ROBERT JACKS   Australia   1943 - 2014

Robert Jacks (born 1943) the Australian painter, sculptor and printmaker was born in Melbourne, Australia and studied sculpture from 1958 to 1960 at the Prahran Technical College, Melbourne, then painting in 1961 and 1962 at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (now RMIT University). In 1966 Jacks had his first solo exhibition at Gallery A, Melbourne from which a work was purchased for the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. In 1968, he participated in ‘The Field’ an extremely influential exhibition at the new National Gallery of Victoria, which effectively launched color field abstraction in Australia.    He taught at Rochedale College, Toronto before moving to New York in 1969. He returned to Melbourne in 1978 to be artist-in-residence at the University of Melbourne. The winner of many art awards and prizes, he  exhibited consistently in Australia from 1966 until 2014 including more than 50 solo exhibitions and retrospectives. In 2001 the Bendigo Art Gallery established the Robert Jacks Drawing Prize. In 2006, he was named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). His mature work, while emerging out of the international abstract 'color field' movement of the late '60s, always retaining an ambiguous link to the representation of appearances, especially of objects in space. "I think my work has always been minimal and abstract because when I was being taught sculpture, it was expressed in abstract terms. Form in space, mass and volume - that sort of thing. Painting, for me, is an extension of sculptural ideas."

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