Caymanian artist takes work to New York City gallery

John Reno Jackson paints in his studio in West Bay. - Photo: Alvaro Serey

Emerging Caymanian artist John Reno Jackson, 23, will participate in his first show in New York City this summer.

The group show, Summer Salon, at the Lower East Side’s Van Der Plas Gallery will run 26 Aug. to 1 Sept. An opening reception will be held 28 Aug. from 6‑8pm.

Reno’s paintings for the show are inspired by an Aesop’s fables story, ‘The Wolf and the Crane’.

“The story immediately stood out to Jackson as something powerful with its strong message of, ‘Expect no reward for serving the wicked’,” according to a news release about the show.

Reno encourages viewers to stop and reflect on his abstract style and the feelings evoked through shape and colour.

“Hailing from the Caribbean island of the Cayman Islands, John Reno looks to start a dialogue bringing the history, positives, and issues of growing up isolated in the ocean to a wider audience,” the release read.

“His work focusses on feeling and intuition, choosing to show [more of] an abstracted representation of the subject than a realistic depiction.”

Common themes in his work include life, beauty and death.

Van Der Plas Gallery has operated as a contemporary art space for 25 years, featuring a range of outsider and emerging artists.

For more information about Jackson, visit or find him on Facebook under @renojacksonart.

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