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More about the artist...
Jade explains that her art started before she even understood what art was. Her earliest art was at the age of 4 (when most children draw a circle head with arms protruding straight out of the head). Somehow, she drew a nativity scene in complete perspective. She does not remember ever thinking this was unusual.
As a teenager, her mother enrolled her at Frank Joubert Art School. She was very fortunate to have had an amazing teacher at that art school. This teacher inspired and challenged her, and slowly she improved her techniques and started interpreting her own style.
After matriculating, she spent a year trying different careers. She realised in that year that the only thing that inspired her was art and the following year she enrolled at Ruth Prowse Art School.
Before she started studying, she met a lot of people who were illustrators, tattoo artists and graffiti artists. She became involved in many of their lives and was very inspired by the freedom of these art forms. She hadn’t been introduced to the’ formal art world’ yet so she was only really exposed to the more underground exhibitions. It was only when she began studying art at Ruth Prowse that she learnt about conceptual art. She then became very influenced by more academic art styles and felt obligated to stop producing paintings and drawings but rather make installations.
She began lecturing at Ruth Prowse in 2009. She is inspired by the more practical subjects she teaches, such as figure drawing and painting. She loves to see the approach through new styles to these subjects. She feels it keeps things fresh. She always sees new things. She has huge respect for all kinds of art, but prefers to be intuitive and consciously think a little less while she paints/sculpts. She trusts that what she wants to communicate will be clear once she is done.