I want my paintings to speak for themselves. I look for a certain power and simplicity in my work, images that work at a gut level which also invite a wry, humorous look at life. I like to challenge bland emotions and poke fun at sacred cows.The roots of my work are in expressionism; my influences are from everywhere: a childhood in West Africa, French political posters of May 1968, Topolski’s sketchbooks, Munakata’s woodcuts. I also admire Chinese brush painting with its object of capturing a single Zen moment in a few simple brush strokes.My themes are grounded in everyday life, in my experience of life as a woman. As an artist I like to work within the traditions of art and history, at the same time to play with its icons and stretch its boundaries. My subjects are landscapes and people, animals and flowers, dancers and musicians, a celebration of life.Art for me is not only about life but a way of adding to it, exploring it. I think with my brush. I think about the marks I make. I want to blow fresh air into established ways of looking at life and constantly to redefine myself and my relationship to the traditions of art.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1945, Jackie Nach trained as a Graphic Artist and worked in advertising and promotional design.She immigrated to the United States in 1973, where she resumed her studies in Fine Art through Boston University and the DeCordova Museum School while freelancing as a Graphic Designer, Interior Design and Promotional Consultant.After moving to Los Angeles in 1977, she continued her studies in drawing, printmaking and photo-etching at UCLA as well as figurative and non-objective abstract expressionist painting at the Brentwood Art Center.Jackie Nach has been a guest speaker on several television art documentaries. She was Chairperson on the Board of Directors and Curator for ‘Sweet CHAIR-ity’ – Design House, the Venice Art Walk and on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdale Park.From 1993 – 1998, she established a studio in Weston, Connecticut where she lived and taught art for five years. During that time Ms Nach was a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists, Art/place and on the Board of Trustees of the Silvermine Guild Arts Center.In 1996 she received a ‘Women-of-South-Africa Achievement Award’ from the South African Consulate.After returning to Los Angeles in 1998, she established her studio in Santa Monica, California. She was a faculty member of the Brentwood Art Center where she introduced innovative methods of printmaking. Presently, she is a member of the Southern California chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (SCC NMWA), the Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art (SCWCA), the Venice Art Walk Associates, Museum of Contemporary Art Associates (MOCAA) and Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA).Amongst many private collections, corporate collections include the Bank of America, Pillsbury Company and British Petroleum.
Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art” with Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala
Included in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe!