Come see the work of Georgia artist Jack Cheatham today through April 25th.
Jack Cheatham, Untitled from The Perfect Ditch series, 2004. Etching/aquatint. Courtesy of the artist.
After serving in the U.S. Navy for four years, Jackson Cheatham (b. 1945 in Columbia, Tennessee) received his B.F.A. from the Atlanta College of Art, and later his M.F.A. from the University of Georgia.
Cheatham returned to the Atlanta College of Art as an adjunct professor in printmaking where he developed the papermaking and book arts component of the printmaking curriculum.
Alongside Atlanta College of Art, Cheatham has taught at Augusta State University and The University of Georgia.
He also opened his own printmaking studio for a while, and worked as an exhibition designer and preparator at the Madison Morgan Cultural Center in Madison Georgia, eventually becoming Director of Visual Arts..
The process of printmaking, using metal plates that have been etched in acid and then inked up and hand-printed, provided a perfect fit for Cheatham’s technical and artistic background.
Considering himself a realist for many years, Cheatham began to move toward abstraction as he studied the essential forms of handtools that Cheatham inherited from his uncle.