RUBY JACKSONArtist Profile
Over the past 35 years, Ruby Jackson has created a distinctive body of work in wood, ceramic, pen and ink, polymer clay, oil, acrylic, and gouache. Her early sculpture, a series of carved “Towers and Castles,” received widespread exposure in the windows of Tiffany & Co., a long-time showcase for emerging artists, including the young Warhol, Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns.
After moving from New York City to East Hampton, Ruby exhibited in numerous East End Galleries, including The Elaine Benson Gallery, Vered Gallery, Benton Gallery, Kramoris Gallery, as well as the Allan Stone Gallery in Manhattan, and the Joan Hodgell Gallery in Sarasota, Florida.
For several decades her work was animated by the richness and mystery of underwater life, as experienced by snorkeling the reefs of Belize, Virgin Gorda, Roatan, Jamaica, and Turks and Caicos. It was during this period she took up Flying Trapeze as a way of balancing sea and sky. Her current work—featured in the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton—includes vivid miniature tableaus in polymer clay, and a series of unique folded paper maquettes envisioned as large-scale reliefs rendered in aluminum or acrylic.
Throughout her career, Ruby has been an advocate for teaching art to children. She has conducted painting and drawing workshops in public schools throughout the East End, as well as at the Children’s Museum of the East End, The Nature Conservancy and the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center.
Ruby holds a degree in Art Education and was, for many years, Assistant to the Director of the Pollock-Krasner House in East Hampton. Her work is in the permanent collection of Guild Hall Museum, Stony Brook University Hospital, and in numerous private collections. She recently completed a children’s book on the artist Lee Krasner, to be published in 2016. She lives in Sag Harbor.