Wednesday, November 18, 2015

INSPIRE ME! Donald Jackson, Artist of 2015

By Ernest Disney-Britton
Donald Jackson works on The Saint John's Bible
On November 1, AOA readers voted Donald Jackson as the 2015 Artist of the Year for the Alpha & Omega Prize for Contemporary Religious Arts. He is one of the world’s finest calligraphers. At the age of 26, he became the youngest artist calligrapher chosen to take part in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s first International Calligraphy Show after the war and appointed a scribe to the Crown Office at the House of Lords. His dream however was to create a hand-written, illuminated Bible. The result of that creativity, ego, and perserveance is "The Saint John's Bible," a work of art and a work of theology. I've met several of the staff who worked with Jackson, but this interview best describes the inspiration which is Donald Jackson.