Fire (State I)
22 1/8 in. x 29 7/8 in. (56.2 cm x 75.88 cm)
Medium and Support:
Color lithograph on paper
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase
After a short period as a realist painter, Herb Jackson turned to abstraction. He found that non-object forms invited both closer inspection and a deeper understanding. He explains, “To require that an image, to be a bearer of content, must be recognizable is to suggest that there is no form to the unknowable. My inner journey through art confirms, for me at least, that it is not necessary to rob life of its mystery in order to understand it."
In the early 1970s, Jackson embarked on a series of paintings exploring the universal elements: earth, fire, air, and water. The artist closely based the color lithograph "Fire (State I)" on "Fire," 1972, originally created in acrylic. In both the large painting and the print, Jackson’s imagery consists of layers of bright overlapping colors and textures that evoke the heat, intensity, and power of fire.