Biggie

Biggie

24" X 24", Acrylic on wood, 2002

Pac

Pac

24" X 24", Acrylic on wood, 2002

Aaliyah

Aaliyah

24" X 24", Acrylic on wood, 2002

Left Eye

Left Eye

24" X 24", Acrylic on wood, 2002

Big Pun

Big Pun

24" X 24", Acrylic on wood, 2002

Eazy

Eazy

24" X 24", Acrylic on wood, 2003

Jam Master

Jam Master

24" X 24", Acrylic on wood, 2003

Grand Master Flash

Grand Master Flash

12" X 12", Acrylic on wood, 2003

Afrika Bambaataa

Afrika Bambaataa

12" X 12", Acrylic on wood, 2003

Kurtis Blow

Kurtis Blow

12" X 12", Acrylic on wood, 2003

Fab 5 Fred

Fab 5 Fred

12" X 12", Acrylic on wood, 2003

Slick Rick

Slick Rick

12" X 12", Acrylic on wood, 2003

Kool Moe Dee

Kool Moe Dee

12" X 12", Acrylic on wood, 2003

Roxanne Shante

Roxanne Shante

12" X 12", Acrylic on wood, 2003

MC Lyte

MC Lyte

12" X 12", Acrylic on wood, 2003

Ol' Dirty  Bastard

Ol' Dirty Bastard

Digital

Eve

Eve

24" X 24", Acrylic on wood, 2003

Eminem

Eminem

Digital

50

50

Digital

Latifah

Latifah

48" X 48", Acrylic on wood, 2004

Will

Will

48" X 48", Acrylic on wood, 2004

Lock It

Lock It

Digital

Tee

Tee

Digital

My Radio

My Radio

Digital

Divine Thug

Divine Thug

Digital

b-ball.jpg

b-ball.jpg

Digital

Suggs

Suggs

Sketch

ski

ski

Digital

Chris

Chris

Digital

Selfie

Selfie

24x24_Graphite on canvas_2014

Jaws

Jaws

24x24_Charcoal on canvas_2015

Django

Django

24x24_Charcoal on canvas_2015

Wade_

Wade_

48x48_Graphite on canvas_2013

Purvis Young

Purvis Young

36"x36"_Charcoal on canvas_2016

HIP POP ART

Hip Pop Art is a movement spearheaded  by R. Jackson in 2004 to document the transition of Hip hop from a sub culture to a pop culture.



The aim is to develop a catalogue of images in order to preserve the culture. “As hip hop matures the awareness of the roots of hip hop is falling into obscurity.” Says Jackson.  This is why he has set out to create distinct imagery of the innovators and contributors of hip hop to serve as a physical record.



His aesthetic approach to his paintings is not very painterly at all. Instead he chooses to divide the subject into shapes creating a vivid illusion of depth with flat color. Elisa Turner a correspondent for ART news says” ...Of special note are Rodney Jackson’s acrylic paintings on wood panel of late pop musicians, like rapper Lisa Left Eye” Lopes and Aaliyah, admired for her mix of hip hop and R&B. He memorializes them by painting portraits in sharp colors, isolating flattened shades with the clarity of computer graphics or color by numbers kits, paradoxically giving his subjects a vivid three-dimensional presence.”

“ I want people to struggle to figure out whether my work is hand-painted digitally printed.  I do what the photo realists did to photography except I do it to digital media. I guess I’m a “digi-realist.”  Says Jackson when asked about his style of painting. "My aesthetic approach to painting is what I call "Digirealism." Digirealism is the creating of works that appear to be digitally or mechanically produced. After mapping out a conceptual direction and selecting iconography that speaks to me, I begin my process by collecting visual information and simplifying it with a mechanical approach. I begin painting with flat solid acrylic colors, with out stencils or masking. I do this in a very ridged way as to remove evidence of the human hand so that my images appear to be printed or digitally produced. This approach, for me, invigorates, elevates and adds an intangible value to the underlying conceptual threads embedded in work. I feel my process achieves this by employing techniques that simultaneously exhaust and emphasize the forth dimension of time."