Richard Jackson considers himself a painter in the traditional sense of this term. His own persona in fact, with his abilities and limits, is the only unit of measure which determinate the qualities of the work. He has never hired assistants and always did all the work, like in 1981, when he realized Big Ideas 2 (3000 pictures) all by himself! Using colors, stretching canvass, building up machineries, all this is an important aspect of his art practice. Since the sixties Richard Jackson kept pushing the boundaries of painting without betraying the core of the formal grammar that constitutes this medium.
In his more recent works, Richard started adding new elements to his installations. Mannequins, bears, dears and mechanical parts started appearing, creating even more complex and ironic "painting machine".