Skyler Jackson’s bold acrylic pour paintings are vivid explosions of free-flowing yet precisely controlled ribbons and streams of paint that engulf the viewer in his cosmos of color. Though abstract expressionism may serve as a general reference point for his art, Skyler’s work is thoroughly modern and more than a bit futuristic, evoking the digital-electric mediasphere (though without even trying).
Even with its otherworldly dazzle, Skyler’s art retains a distinctly intimate, human-scale charm, probably because his approach is grounded in the real world of geometry. This may be the “secret sauce” (or subtle source) of why the work is so engaging and interactive—in the organic way that’s common to the best painting. The viewer is drawn into his compositions by—among other elements—the curve of his lines, which induce the eye to glide from one quadrant of the canvas to the next, piecing together the entire work, even imagining the composition process; then stepping back and taking the full measure of the perfectly integrated whole.
“For me, these paintings are an expression of pure joy and a way to celebrate just being alive in the here and now. The whole creative process serves to further open my mind to the real world, and hopefully it has a similar effect on other people, too.” – Skyler Jackson
Whatever Skyler may be intending to express through his art (intentionally and otherwise); and whatever emotions or ideas it may convey to viewers, what the work is fundamentally about is color. More precisely, the blending/juxtaposition/collision of color is the work’s dominant element; which may, in turn, provoke its strongest response, whereby the colors lend themselves to changing perceptions that may be subtle or extreme: the colors simply scan differently from one viewing to the next and exist wholly in collaboration (or confrontation) with one another, as opposed to isolated pigments occupying their own distinct space. In other words, the image is still, but never static, owing to the play of optical effects, the eternal mystery/complexity (and emotional depth) of color, and the fact that all good art is more than the sum of its parts.