Manchester – Jackson’s Pollock murals on the streets of Manchester show how art and art appreciation can lead to more positive attitudes towards those in need.
A mural by the artist, known as The Jacksonist, shows a woman in a wheelchair, who is also wearing a shirt and shorts, with a sign saying: ‘I’m so happy’.
“I thought the mural would be really helpful,” said Jackson, who has been a muralist for more than 30 years.
“I was so excited because it was something that I had been wanting to do for a long time.”
He said the mural shows that art and painting can be used to help those in distress.
“In order to get through this world we have to use art and the arts to help us to do things like help people who are less fortunate, and I think it’s very powerful that the Jacksonists have given us this opportunity to do that,” he said.’
It was a really nice gesture’Jackson Pollocks mural on the walls of Manchester’s East End is one of many works of art he has created in the last five years.
He has painted over a dozen murals, and he said the murals have helped him deal with mental health issues.
“For me personally, mental health is a very big issue for me,” he explained.
“It’s something that has been very hard for me to deal with, and a lot of people in my community have had mental health problems as well.”
Jackson has created several other murals and he hopes the new one will be a big one.
“The other thing is that we have a lot more work to do in the future,” he added.
“We have to be more active in our communities.
I think we need to do more.”
Follow Helen on Twitter: @helenlewis