About This Exhibition

Billy Morrow Jackson’s sensitive depictions of the everyday are at once beautifully simple and engagingly complex.

Describing his process, the artist noted, “It all springs from the initial feeling…there is something that sort of halts you like a movie suddenly stopping.”

In Jackson’s work, single moments are drawn out to a heroic scale until, in the final work, time appears perfectly suspended and every realistic detail is visible. In the artist’s hands, a simple scene of a prairie home, a city street, or a quiet pastime yields a deeper expression of everyday life.

Painting of a woman sitting on a stairway in a hallway with a door to the outside on the right, in yellow, sun-washed tones.

Billy Morrow Jackson, Reading, 1979–80. Oil on Masonite, 47 1/4 x 71 1/4 inches. Wichita Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Slawson