Donald E. Smith

Donald E. Smith

When Smith was accepted by the Royal College of Art in London to participate in the Post Experience Programme, which offered him the opportunity to draw from cadavers at the University of London’s School of Medicine, he worked on variations of images, including interpretative anatomical sketches of body parts. These drawings are captured in his powerful series “Silent Orators”.  Additional work on this series includes the lithographs produced in Berlin, Germany, working at the Professional Association of Berlin Artists (BBK) printmaking facilities, as well as etchings from acrylic hard grounds, and the non-toxic etching process using photopolymer film. Smith developed his “Berlin Air Lift” studies drawn in situ at Berlin’s Templehof airport, and later re-interpreted, and printed them as linear images with the photopolymer film process at Berlin’s Druckstelle Printmaking Studios. Continuing his work at BBK, Smith further developed a selection of drawings done in India and produced as lithographs.

Other thematic works i.e., Smith’s etching editions of “Warrior Suit of Armor”, “The London Bagpiper” and “Italian Youth”, as well as conté crayon drawings and digital prints, represent interpretations of images captured in selected art museums abroad and in the U.S.  Currently, Smith produces drawings and prints in his printmaking studio in San Diego, California, and works periodically in professional printmaking facilities in Berlin, Germany.

Smith’s prints have received juried awards, including a purchase prize by the Pasadena Art Museum for its permanent collection.  His heavily embossed etching triptych titled  ‘Ranger I,II, III’  was  on loan from the Los Angeles County Art Museum Rental Gallery  to the NASA Jet Propulsion  Lab in Pasadena California.  Smith’s work has been shown in numerous private and public solo and group juried exhibitions. His works are currently being prepared for national and international exhibitions, and for public and private galleries and collections.

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.
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