Oliver Lee Jackson (b. 1935, St. Louis, MO) is a painter, sculptor, draftsman and printmaker whose works are grounded in figuration. Known primarily for his paintings, Jackson has also consistently made sculptures in wood, stone, metal, and mixed media. In the mid-1980s he spent time working in marble in Carrara, Italy, a practice he has continued in his studio in Oakland, California.
Jackson has collaborated with musicians, writers, and dramatists who include Julius Hemphill, Marty Ehrlich, Quincy Troupe, Paul Carter Harrison, Michael Harper, and others. His most recent collaboration is the 2021 print folio, Dear Friend, honoring his late friend, composer and saxophonist Julius Hemphill. Jackson’s works have been exhibited in museums and galleries for over five decades. Recent solo exhibitions include Saint Louis Art Museum and di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Napa (2021–22), and a 2019 solo exhibition of recent paintings at the National Gallery of Art. Collections include the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Seattle Art Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and many others.