George O. Jackson de Llano

14.06.2013 in20:45 in Creative,photoart -->


George O. Jackson de Llano was born in 1941 in Houston, Texas, and grew up in a Catholic, bicultural household in Laredo on the border between Texas and Mexico. Educated at the Riverside Military Academy in Georgia and at the University of Texas at Austin, he has spent much of his life traveling, visiting, and photographing in Mexico.
Jackson’s Essence of Mexico photographs belong to the Benson Collection of Latin American Art at the University of Texas in Austin and the San Antonio Museum of Art’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art in San Antonio, Texas. His most recent photographic work, called Calaveras, reflects his continuing fascination with color and light and his background in ancient and contemporary popular Mexican culture and mythology. “I found that a bottle in the shape of a death’s head captured and transformed the light for my camera, expressing a range of emotion and associations, as well as beautiful abstract patterns. People have been contemplating skulls throughout history–reflecting on life, death, vanity, fear, the unknown, the occult, reason and the irrational, even the act of contemplation itself. The human skull — the death’s head — is a potent symbol. The power of the calavera to lecture, warn, mock, and make fun of vain and foolish mortals remains dramatically alive in popular culture.”