Jack Spencer

b. 1951 Kosciusko, MS
I think what I was trying to do in “This Land” was to increase my awareness of the land we live on. The purpose of the body of work is to make people more aware of what a remarkable country that we live in on this little speck of a planet that’s floating around out in the universe.
A Day At The Beach
A Day At The Beach

Legendary photographer Jack Spencer is best known for his portraiture and scenes of the American South. His manipulated photographs, while reminiscent of paintings by American realist artist Edward Hopper, possess profound tranquility and spiritual presence. His most recent series uses the entire nation as source material, originating as a response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Through 13 years, 48 states, and 80,000 miles, Spencer constructed an immense visual archive of wild and sublime landscapes, straightforward small-town storefronts, and scenes from everyday life. His works radiate a sensory magnetism wherein eerie fog, blistering heat, and humid breezes are not only seen but felt. Spencer’s images reveal that the mythical “frontier” of America--at once vast and mundane, diverse and mysterious, beautiful and damned--is still alive and present.

Jack Spencer was born in Mississippi and resides in Nashville. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in United States, Germany, and Mexico. Monographs of his work have been published by the University of Texas, LSU, and Vanderbilt Press and 21st Editions. His work is featured in the collections of Berkeley Museum of Art, Berkeley, CA; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; The Brookings Institute, Fairfax, VA; Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC; Emory University, Atlanta, GA; First Tennessee Bank, Lebanon, TN; Goldman Sachs & Company, Memphis, TN Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC; Houston Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX; Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, NM; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS Morris Museum, Augusta, GA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH; Pearl Corporation, Tokyo, Japan; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA Sir Elton John Photography Collection, Atlanta, GA, and the Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN.

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A Day At The Beach
A Day At The Beach
Al Little In The Field
Al Little In The Field
Delta Road
Delta Road
Js Gin House
Js Gin House
Sunday Afternoon
Sunday Afternoon
4th Of July
4th Of July
Abandoned School Bus
Abandoned School Bus
Rolling Fork
Rolling Fork
Shiloh
Shiloh
Motherless Child
Motherless Child
Saugerties Nocturne 2
Saugerties Nocturne 2
Summer in Xenia, Illinois
Summer in Xenia, Illinois
Tetons In Fog
Tetons In Fog
Gettysburg
Gettysburg
Dearborn Bar
Dearborn Bar
Dunes
Dunes
Cloud/Road
Cloud/Road
Moonfall
Moonfall
One Tree
One Tree
Fence Line
Fence Line
Night Road Oregon
Night Road Oregon
New Hope Church
New Hope Church
Mt. Holly
Mt. Holly
A Day At The Beach
A Day At The Beach
pigment print on archival paper, 36x50
2010
Al Little In The Field
Al Little In The Field
pigment print on archival paper, 34x52
2014
Delta Road
Delta Road
pigment print on archival paper, 32x44
2014
Js Gin House
Js Gin House
pigment print on archival paper, 32x44
2013
Sunday Afternoon
Sunday Afternoon
pigment print on archival paper, 36x54
2010
4th Of July
4th Of July
pigment print on archival paper, 32x41
2008
Abandoned School Bus
Abandoned School Bus
pigment print on archival paper, 41x57
2014
Rolling Fork
Rolling Fork
pigment print on archival paper, 33x45
2014
Shiloh
Shiloh
pigment print on archival paper, 32x39
2003
Motherless Child
Motherless Child
pigment print on archival paper, 36x54
2010
Saugerties Nocturne 2
Saugerties Nocturne 2
pigment print on archival paper, 32x43
2016
Summer in Xenia, Illinois
Summer in Xenia, Illinois
pigment print on archival paper, 32x41
2010
Tetons In Fog
Tetons In Fog
pigment print on archival paper, 32x46
2005
Gettysburg
Gettysburg
pigment print on archival paper, 32x43
2016
Dearborn Bar
Dearborn Bar
pigment print on archival paper, 33x45
2016
Dunes
Dunes
pigment print on archival paper, 36x54
2010
Cloud/Road
Cloud/Road
pigment print on archival paper, 33x45
2008
Moonfall
Moonfall
pigment print on archival paper, 33x45
2007
One Tree
One Tree
pigment print on archival paper, 32x44
2014
Fence Line
Fence Line
pigment print on archival paper, 34.5x51
2014
Night Road Oregon
Night Road Oregon
pigment print on archival paper, 32x44
2017
New Hope Church
New Hope Church
pigment print on archival paper, 29x32
2018
Mt. Holly
Mt. Holly
pigment print on archival paper, 29x32
2018