Claire Jackson shows breadth of Leicester faiths at city's New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

By Ben Miller | 30 July 2012
An image of a painting of a Buddhist figure in a temple wearing colourful robes
Kelsang Nyingpo, Nagarjuna Buddhist Centre© Claire Jackson
Exhibition: Claire Jackson: Recent Work, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, until August 26 2012

An image of a colourful oil painting of a Sikh man in a colourful dignitary suit and headwear
Resham Singh Sandhu MBE DL FRSA High Sheriff of Leicestershire (2011-2012)© Claire Jackson
With a style perfected at Oxford University’s Ruskin School and showcased at the National Portrait Gallery, Leicestershire artist Claire Jackson is a portrait perfectionist.

In this display she celebrates the diversity of faiths and cultures across Leicester, including its Lord Mayor Abdul Osman, Rabbi Shmuli Pink, Kelsang Nyingpo (proclaiming compassion and wisdom) and the splendidly-dressed Resham Singh Sandhu, looking every inch the High Sheriff of Leicestershire. 

Jackson usually works in oil, but is equally skilled with pastel, charcoal and graphite. And her characters, portrayed in real life over lengthy sittings, testify to the diversity of a modern city.

More pictures:

An image of a painting of a Christian religious figure wearing a black and red robe
The Rev Canon Javaid Iqbal© Claire Jackson
A photo of an oil painting of a Rabbi wearing a black hat, white shirt and long beard
Rabbi Shmuli Pink© Claire Jackson
An image of a colourful oil painting of a man in a suit and tie against a yellow backdrop
Pastor George Kumi BA (Hons) MSW, MA, District Pastor of Leicester Seventh-day Adventist Churches© Claire Jackson
An image of a painting of a mayor-like figure sitting in a chair covered in yellow robes
The Lord Mayor of Leicester: Councillor Abdul Osman© Claire Jackson
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