South African born painter/printmaker JACKIE NACH studied art at The Johannesburg School of Art, South Africa, Boston University, The Decordova Museum School, UCLA and The Brentwood Art Center.
A WOMAN OF SOUTH AFRICA achievement award in 1996 recognized her work by it’s powerful socio-political commentary. She has been a guest speaker on several television programs.
In 2001 JACKIE NACH was amongst international artists invited to Florence, Italy by Dan Weldon and Ron Pokrasso to explore the new medium of non-toxic solar plate lithography.
Her work incorporates Oils and acrylics, hand-embellished lithography, needlework, and soil from various countries including the red soil and gold mine sand from Johannesburg, South Africa, volcanic soil from Panama and sand from the Egyption desert. She works on canvas, plastic trash bags, traditional print papers as well as hand-made papers of zebra, giraffe and elephant dung.
Amongst the many international collections, corporate collections include Bank of America, The Pillsbury Company, UCLA and British Petroleum
“My parents escaped discrimination and death from Eastern Europe just before WW ll was declared, and immigrated to South Africa. The irony was loaded as they came to a country where discrimination was the law of the land.
Thus I grew up.
What is there to say when various forms of racism pervade every aspect of daily life? No matter the individuals’ genetics, histories or geographical coincidence, is attraction and comfort to like and familiar about survival, or ingrained prejudice? Are socio-political and/or economic issues to blame?
Using the weight of culture on the superficial for information, I hope to magnify the bittersweet nuances of human nature, paying loving tribute to the many issues and subjects. Tools from my experience illustrate the truth, as I experienced it.
To eliminate fear of the foreign, unfamiliar or unknown, my work explores the many mediums that best reflect mans’ natural instincts.
In search of the ultimate markings that best describe the human spirit, our responsibility to one another and the well-being of our planet, I make art”.