Be inspired by the high-energy art of award winning artist, jandre
“I’ve often watched Jan paint in his studio, but its only for a minute or two while we chat about domestic logistics. Being in the hotel room with him while we were hemmed in with the typhoon is an an entirely different experience. The energy in the air changed so much I couldn’t focus on my reading. The concentration, intensity and finer-dashing was exhausting viewing. I held my breath for minutes until he changed colour or finger before dabbing madly again. With different colours on his different fingers his hands moved like old fashioned typists who knew the qwerty keyboard blindfolded. How does he remember which colour is on which finger? It was mesmerising. And when he comes up for air, his eyes refocus to reorientate to a world with a wife in it. Where does he go?
The entertaining aspect is how he settles down or disentangles himself from a wet canvas, a palette with colours escaped from their indentations – to the sides, underneath, his knees, fingers, floor, chair, wrist and occasionally his clothes. The dance to get everything wiped clean is as frenetic as the painting itself. And then we both deserve a beer, and I can breathe again.’
Terry ‘Hoi An, Vietnam’
In my time I have been an electronics and power system and nuclear engineer, a strategist, a project manager, a humanitarian and an artist. A career path linked by creativity and innovative thinking.
In ill health after my Mission in South Sudan with the United Nations, I was diagnosed with Type 1 late-onset diabetes. Which I manage through lifestyle, supported by medication. A strict low carbohydrate diet and vigorous exercise minimises the need for medication and controls my trampolining blood sugars. I still have frozen fingers and toes and get grumpy too often, however, I’m able to enjoy a glass of wine and run and cycle like a madman.
Engage in the unforgettable conversations behind each unique art piece, while observing my unique painting style, using only my fingers to create vibrantly colourful Impressionistic images. Jarring angles and intense colours give way to flowing curves and pockets of calm. Capturing a moment, a feeling, an expression.
Covid has influenced my current body of work that incorporates recycled plastic water bottle butterflies. Sustainable, The growing urgency To protect our heritage. Taking inspiration from the Abstract Expressionists. Mark-making using saltbush to create abstract artworks.
Initially trained at the Johannesburg College of Art, I have won numerous international awards, exhibited nationally and internationally. I can be found in my studio ‘Jandreart’ located at Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna.
2017 ‘Homeless’ Avo Pomme Gallery, Knysna
2016 ‘Homeless still have dignity’ Knysna Arts Festival, Knysna
2015 ‘Eye Contact’ Knysna Arts Festival, Knysna
2009 ‘Floral Respective’, Zevenwacht Village, Stellenbosch
2008 ‘From Boland to Botswana’, Zevenwacht Village, Stellenbosch
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2020 ‘Old Masters’ SCAVA, George
2018 ‘Monochromatic’, Old Goal Gallery, Knysna
2018 ‘Unblocked’, Old Goal Gallery, Knysna
2017 Annual Knysna Art Sociaety Exhibition
2008 Botswana artists of the Year, Thapong Gallery, Gabarone, Botswana
2007 ‘Art from the Heart’ ARTSCAPE; Cape Town.
2007 ‘Landscapes from my Heart’ ARTSCAPE; Cape Town.
UN City, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Works held in private collections in Japan, Dubai, Switzerland, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, the United States, Denmark, England and South Africa.
Honours and Awards:
2020 Special Recognition for ‘Outstanding Art’ International 10th Landscapes Art Exhibition
2020 Special Recognition for ‘Outstanding Art’ International 10th Anniversary Art Exhibition
2020 Special Recognition for Art of Outstanding Quality International Created in Isolation Art Exhibition
2020 Finalist International Art in Isolation Exhibition
2020 Finalist 5th International Animal Kingdom Exhibition
2020 Honourable Mention 8th International Botanicals Exhibition
2020 Honourable Mention 10th International Figurative Art Exhibition
2019 Special Merit Award for ‘Art of Outstanding Quality’ LST Figurative Art Exhibition.
2018 Honourable Mention London International Creative Competition
2017 Honourable Mention London International Creative Competition
2016 Special Merit Award for ‘Art of Outstanding Quality’ LST Open Art Exhibition, USA.
2016 Honourable Mention LST Open Art Exhibition, USA
2016 Honourable Mention London International Creative Competition
2015 Honourable Mention London International Creative Competition
2014 Honourable Mention London International Creative Competition
2013 Honourable Mention London International Creative Competition
2011 Honourable Mention London International Creative Competition
2009 Honourable Mention London International Creative Competition
2008 Finalist, Botswana Artist of the Year
2002 Finalist at Patchings; Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom.