Dessie Jackson is an illustrator based in Los Angeles who works primarily with charcoal, pencil and oil paint.
Major themes in Jackson’s work include femininity, sexual identity, representations of gender and identity, beauty and performance.
Jackson was born in Lancaster, PA in 1992. She received her BFA in painting and drawing from Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia. Her solo exhibitions include Femme-Enfant at the American Dreaming Building, Philadelphia (2015); You Looked Pretty Today, BFA exhibit (2014) and her self titled show, at National Realty Gallery (2014). Her work has been included in selected group exhibitions at Arch Enemy Arts (Philadelphia), North Bowl (Nothing To Wear), Vox (I Am Not), Art in General (New York, NY), and ABV Gallery (Atlanta, GA).
Jackson's work has appeared in publications such as NYLON magazine, Huffington Post, Racked, Milk Studios, We The Urban, VICE, Noisey, Philly Current, Complex, MTV and more. From 2014 to 2015, Jackson curated and led the exhibition project Snippet & Frame, which took place every First Friday in Philadelphia.
She has received The Vivian Rosenberg Award, Alec Abels Memorial Award in Painting, Nominee for Artist of the Year by Rad Girls, and #30under30 Philadelphia’s Most Inspiring Women.
Jackson is currently living in Los Angeles and is preparing for her upcoming solo exhibition to be seen at Treason Gallery in Seattle, Washington, for October 2016.