Jami Taback Biography

Jami Taback




Jami Taback is a painter and printmaker who was born in Queens, New York on December 16, 1953. In the 1960s, she studied at the Paul Margin Painting Studio in Westbury, New York and, in the 1970s, she studied printmaking with Ruth Leaf. Taback learned the techniques of viscosity etching under Krishna Reddy at New York University and later worked at Robert Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop in Manhattan. She continued her education at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina where she explored the use of the glass etch process in printmaking under Harvey Littleton. In 1980, she studied the techniques of the Renaissance painters with Mari Klarwein in New York.

Taback is a member of and has exhibited with the California Society of Printmakers for which she serves on the board of directors. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and was selected for a Painting Prize at the Arad Biennale 2005 in Romania, and a Strathmore Paper Artists Award. Taback is represented in the collections of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York; Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire; Dowling State College in Oakdale, New York; the IBM Corporation in Manhattan; the International Museum of South Africa, Johannesburg; the Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg; and St. John’s University, Jamaica, New York.

Jami Taback reflected on her work: I am a transplanted New York artist to California. This new environment has completely taken me by surprise in that my work has gone through some changes, much to my delight. Color and composition are most important to me and my work represents this in the playful way I use and reuse shapes and elements repeatedly creating unique groups or prints related to each other through technique and subject matter.