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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’

An emotional artist, the influence of the Impressionists on his Representational style is evident from his limited pallet of colours, however, it is to Kandinsky that he looks for his inspiration where objects depicted arouse out of pure emotion.

In this focus on form and colour, he asks questions of the viewer to see beyond the mere representational to the emotional signal contained in clusters of line and colour, reinforced by ridges of light made possible through his technique of painting with his fingers, imparting his emotions directly onto canvas.

Traveling extensively, his material is taken from his environment, dominated by his work as a humanitarian – most recently with the United Nations in South Sudan – in post conflict, emergency response, and in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Initially trained at the Johannesburg College of Art, his potential was recognised by his painting being selected for the Permanent World Children’s Exhibition in Toulouse France. In 2016, Special Merit Award Winner and Honourable Mention ‘Art of outstanding quality’, LST Open Art Exhibition; 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011 and 2009 Honourable Mention, Professional Painting Category, London International Creative Competition; 2008 finalist at the Thapong Botswana Artist of the Year; 2002 he was a finalist at Patchings, Nottinghamshire; and several group and solo exhibitions (Cape Town). He has a PhD in Business Strategy with an MBA and a BSc in Electrical Engineering.

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