Jed Jackson received his MFA from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, 1980 and his BFA from Memphis College of Art in Tennessee, 1977 and was awarded a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, 1974. He has taught Painting, Art History, Art Theory and Criticism and Humanities courses at the University and College level for 40 years. He is Professor of Painting at The University of Memphis. He was Chair of the the Art Department there from 1999-2006. Jackson is the author of the book Art: A Comparative Study.
His beautifully rendered landscape and figurative oil paintings embody realism with a distinctive twist. Gleaning inspiration from fashion magazines, movies, the literary world and a plethora of other twentieth century cultural sources, Jackson incorporates these images and ideas with a keen sense of color to create paintings that are simultaneously rich in content and aesthetically dynamic.