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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’

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 now successfully 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.

 

 

Be invigorated and inspired

Jandreart studio is an opportunity to engage in the unforgettable conversations behind each unique art piece, while observing Jan’s unique painting style, using only his 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.

 

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2017 ‘Homless’ 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

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Selected Group Exhibitions:

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. 

Collections:​
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 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. 

 




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