detail of painting of Jalen Jackson




JALEN JACKSON is the 2023 Artspace HBCU Artist in Residence. Jackson graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a BFA in painting in 2021. His work has since been featured in Walter Magazine and in various group exhibitions across NC. Jackson is passionate about inspiring people with his naturalistic figurative paintings. He celebrates his African American subjects as role models, to inspire and motivate viewers who face daily adversity in their own lives.  

According to the artist, “Oil painting has given me the opportunity to tell stories about how/why I’ve become the person I am today. My goal is to create a sense of nostalgia while giving representation of Black soul for whomever interacts with my work.”

This residency is supported in part through the generous support of individual donors and the Charlotte Miller Russell Family Fund.

painting by Jalen Jackson
Painting by Jalen Jackson
Painting by Jalen Jackson
Painting of mother and child by Jalen Jackson