Jack Blackburn's work comes from that thin space sometimes called "The Underground" that exists between Street Art and the galleries. His postmodern explorations into portraiture employ many contrasting approaches. From cubist,raw and even ugly metamorphosed heads through to realistic portrayals of the face using sophisticated technique to portray light as it appears on flesh. All are converted by his use of comic book like thick black line and fearless prime colours into a style whose graphic punch never obscures the human emotion being evoked, whether empathy or anguish.
"If ever from your eyelids wiped a tear and know what 'tis to pity and be pitied let gentleness my strong enforcement be." Shakespeare
A painter of portraits can exhibit kindness by trying to evoke empathy in the viewer.