‘Jacques Resch (1945 – ) is a French born artist who lives in Africa.
He began painting as a child. At around three or four years of age, his mother entered his drawings in a contest where he won first prize. At seven years old, his mother enrolled him in art courses.
When Resch began looking at 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 Bessil’s advice, Resch went on to become a physics and chemistry teacher, while continuing to draw and paint. Resch first started to seriously exhibit his work in 1981, at the Salon D’Automne in Paris.
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.’