The British-American artist Bill Jacklin was chosen to do our Millennium Print for the year 2000. Jacklin came to the United States in 1985 after a very successful career in England. In 1967 he received an M.A. from the Royal College of Art, and in 1991 he was elected a Royal Academician. He is represented in many major museums in England and Scotland. However, once he arrived in New York, he was much taken with all the wonders of our city. He fell in love with Central Park and discovered Coney Island at the end of a long subway ride. The energy of the city, the hustle and bustle of the shoppers on the street, provided him with much inspiration for his paintings and prints.
He had his sixth show at the Marlboro Gallery in March 1992, and the show was called “Central Park, New York City, Recent Paintings and Monoprints.” He also has shows at the Marlboro Gallery in London, where we first discovered the artist’s work and immediately fell in love with it. He works exclusively with the celebrated printer Catherine Mosely. In the monoprints, the artist uses this highly disciplined medium to further explore relationships between light and dark. In the 1970s he started off with a highly abstract approach and, according to John Russell Taylor of The London Times, has progressed to representational painting.
It was a pleasure for us to work with Mr. Jacklin, who is a delightful and extremely well read person. He contributed a number of his artist’s proofs for the Print Club of New York to donate to regional museums, and we have already given prints to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Montclair Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, the Bayley Museum of Art at the University of Virginia and several museums in England and one in Scotland. Our Print Club’s stature is now wide spread thanks to Mr. Jacklin’s gift to us.
~ Elaine and Julian Hyman ~