David Jackson studied art and design at Loughborough Art College and then taught design for a while before retraining to become a Paramedic with the ambulance service. He has recently decided to rekindle his love of art and produced this series of paintings of the iconic buildings of Leicester.
This painting is of some of the iconic buildings of Leicester on a Leicester Tigers rugby ball, representing the curvature of the earth. The space centre represents our connection with space exploration and Leicester University is featured as it was here that DNA was first discovered. Old John on Bradgate Park is illustrated as I would often walk up to Old John and sit and look over Leicester whilst thinking about all or nothing, it has a special tranquillity. It was given to us by Charles Bennion. Lewis's tower is featured as it reminds me of waiting for the bus with my mum when I was a child and seeing the magical Christmas displays in the shop windows. I’ve included the Highcross Shopping Centre as its design was inspired by our strong history of textile and hosiery manufacturing. Leicester prison has been included as it dates back to the early 1800's and is a great piece of iconic Leicester architecture - a medieval castle in the centre of our city.
I wanted to paint a picture about our connection with space, centring on the fantastic Leicester Space Centre as a space station millions of miles from earth. I painted the clock tower as a rocket traveling to the space station as the clock tower in the city reminds me of a rocket waiting to launch into space.