Professor David Jackson
- Position: Professor
- Areas of expertise: Russian and Soviet art; Nordic art; art and society; nationalism and the making of national identities
- Email: D.Jackson@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 5196
- Location: 301 Fine Art Building
My primary research interests reside in the socio-political interventions of realist and naturalist art in the formation of national identities in the Russian and Nordic nations, with specific expertise in exhibition curatorship and wider public dissemination of research in the museum/gallery domain. I teach at all levels with specialist modules on Russian and Soviet art, Danish Golden age Painting, and the visual culture of Periclean Athens. I supervise dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as PhD supervision.
- Programme manager for the BA History of Art.
- Joint Honours Tutor
My primary research interests reside in the socio-political interventions of realist and naturalist art in the formation of national identities in the Russian and Nordic nations, with specific expertise in exhibition curatorship and wider public dissemination of research in the museum/gallery domain. My work in the fields of Russian and Nordic art addresses questions of art's role in affecting social or political interventions during crucial periods of nationalist aspiration of the search for distinctive cultural identity through the utilisation of the visual arts. In the past decade I have been particularly active in the field of public exhibition projects and has curated exhibition for many major institutions, including the National Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Swedish National Gallery. I have published on 19th century Russian realism with particular reference to the works of Ilya Repin and is the author of The Russian Vision: the Art of Ilya Repin (BAI, 2006; Antique Collectors Club 2015) and The Wanderers and critical realism in nineteenth century Russian painting (MUP, 2006; 2011).
My exhibition work includes as co-editor and contributor Russian Landscape at the Groninger Museum, Holland and the National Gallery, London (2003-2004); Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931), the Spirit of Finland (2006-2007)and Russian Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales (2007-2008) for the Groninger Museum; Christen Købke: Danish Master of Light22, at the National Gallery, London and the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh (2010); The Peredvizhniki. Pioneers of Russian painting33 for Stockholms Nationalmuseum and Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Germany (2011-12); and Nordic Art: The Modern Breakthrough8,for the Groninger Museum, Netherlands, and the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich (2012-13). He has also made written contributions to the exhibition catalogues Illusions of Reality. Naturalist painting, photography, theatre and cinema 1875-191844, at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki (2010-11); P C Skovgaard. The Danish Golden Age Re-evaluated55, Fuglsang Kunstmuseum and Skovgaard Museet, Denmark (2010-11); In Front of Nature. The European Landscapes of Thomas Fearnley 6for the Barber Institute of Fine Arts7 (2012); Baltic Reflections. The Collection of Malmö Konstmuseum. The Era of the Baltic Exhibition, 1914, Malmö Konstmuseum, 2014; and A Beautiful Lie Eckersberg, Statens Museum for Kunst, Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Fondation Custodia, Paris, 2015-16; Romanticism in the North – from Friedrich to Turner, Groninger Museum 2017-18.
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- PhD Edinburgh
- BA Wales
- Advisory Board Member of Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (www.19thc-artworldwide.org), digital journal of nineteenth-century art history
- Editor. Romantik. Journal for the Study of Romanticisms, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
- Member Dansk Kunsthistoriker Forening - Danish Association of Art Historians
- Peer reviewer for The Danish Council for Independent Research and Humanities
- The White Rose Peer Review College, Committee Member
- On panel of reviewers for Akropolis: Journal of Hellenic Studies
- Ambassador for the International Cultural Festival
I teach modules on Russian, Soviet and Nordic art, as well as the art of Classical Greece and contribute to team-taught core modules at levels 2 and 3. I supervise dissertations at level 3 and MA.