French born painter Jacques Resch (who Resch currently resides in Africa) began painting as a child and his mother enrolled him in art classes by the age of seven. While in college, he met Jean Raymond Bessil, an artist and art teacher, who advised him not to enter art school, telling him that if his creative force was strong enough, than he did not need to take lessons. Taking heed Resch went on to become a physics and chemistry teacher, and continued to with his painting and drawing.
Resch first started to seriously exhibit his work in 1981, at the Salon D’Automne in Paris.
About the artist: Influenced by artists such as Bosch, Breughel and Dali, Resch’s works are influenced by modern technology and world politics. Resch particularly admires Bosch, because Bosch ‘uses dreams to adventure into the interior of the human spirit. However, while Bosch depicted the temptations of man by the devil, Resch’s oeuvre addresses modern day problems that plague the world, such as pollution, poverty and war.
Resch enjoys being spontaneous with his work, because he thinks that errors show the feebleness of human nature. His work is also influenced by technology such as the television and internet which barrages people with images. In contradiction to such modern advances which cause the viewer to become passive, Resch’s work encourages the viewer to become active and to examine for themselves the problems that afflict the work today.
Here are some samples of his neo-surrealistic oil paintings…
Tete morte (literally translates to Head Dead)
Le vagabond (The Vagabond)
Les maisons qui volent (The houses that fly)
Regard et metal (Regard and Metal) – (Regard in French means to ‘look’)
Mort d’anges (Death Angels)
Les endormeurs (The soporific)
View more of paintings on Jacques Resch’s website.