Xanthe’ Jackson studied Fine Art at Rhodes University, after which she moved to Johannesburg, where she was head hunted to work in the interior design & decorating industry. She also had the opportunity to assistant in the art department on the award-winning film ‘Dis Ek, Anna’ (2015).
In 2014, Xanthe’ left the interior design industry to start a pop-up shop called META, popping up weekly at local markets in and around the Johannesburg area, selling her hand made jewellery, clothing and procured antiques. It was only after moving to Durban in 2017 and closing her shop in 2019, that Xanthe’ started to produce art again during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
Since then, Xanthe was selected as one of the top 10 finalists in the 2020 MTN & UJ Emerging Artists Development Programme. Her submission will form part of the Willem Boshoff Blind Alphabet Exhibition- Letter B: Babery to Bigeminate. Xanthe’ won first place in the New Now Emerging Artist Competition (2020-21) where she was awarded the Faku Family award for Excellence for the body of work submitted and will be attending a fully funded artist residency later this year, through Galerie Noko.
Xanthe’s visual interests are invested in texture and exploring the limitations of mediums, resulting in complex abstract works building depth through line, shape and colour. Her work is multidisciplinary and uses multiple mediums and forms of artistic practice. Xanthe’s work is distinguishable by her meticulous attention to detail, refined line and movement.
Her work is influenced by the works of Chiharu Shiota, Astrid Dahl, Matthew Dibble, Maggie Hambling, Julie Mehretu, Bharti Kher, & Ali Banisadrs.