The Reginald L. Jackson web site

Artist Statement

Reginald L. Jackson, Ph.D.

I see my mission as a visual artist as presenting what has been seen before in new and provocative ways, while thinking about what is presented in ways not seen or thought of before. My work evolves from the mission of Olaleye Communications, Inc., which I founded in 1986 to distribute educational, visual, and cultural information pertaining to the African experience and the experiences of people of color; to be a resource base for young people and schools, institutions, educators, artists, historians, and scholars; and to implement projects and activities that bring this expanded world view of Africanisms or African Cultural Retentions to the Commonwealth and beyond. My purpose is to raise the consciousness of all people to the value of our common African heritage, and to provide specific visual images about what that heritage is while demonstrating how pervasive those images are. A manifestation of this vision has been the development of what I term Afro-Ethnographs: any visual creation that reflects traditional and contemporary African values while representing the highest standard of that medium.