Parker S. Jackson says he tries to strike a balance between “uncanny and realism” in his portraits, which carry notes of both humor and dark art. One of the artist’s greatest strengths is in his ability to create varying, perplexing textures with both digital and traditional materials. He says he tries to “capture the same ‘wow’ factor that I had seeing H.R. Giger’s Alien for the first time.” We asked the artist about his influences, which he says range from centuries-old work to contemporary pop culture.
“I’ve always been inspired by the look of renaissance portraits and it has informed a great deal of how I handle my work, both in mood and lighting and in poses,” the artist tells us. “Lately i’ve been very inspired by even earlier medieval and early renaissance artwork. Going back and looking through the work of people like Francois Desprez, Bosch, and a variety of other random medieval paintings and illuminated texts has really done a lot to try to push myself in terms of creativity.