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Rossouw Modern Art Gallery Mentor – 2 Visions Exhibition


Art lovers make sure you visit Rossouw Modern Art Gallery on between Friday 06 to 20 October to see Mentor – 2 Visions an exhibition showcasing works from Jenny Jackson & Obert Jongwe

“Mentor – 2 Visions” is an exhibition showcasing the works of two very disparate artists that happenstance has brought together in the town of Hermanus, local artist Jenny Jackson (82) originally from England and the young Zimbabwean artist Obert Jongwe (34). Our purpose is to show the interaction between two people from completely different backgrounds and the influence they have had on each other professionally, illustrated through art. Their positive artistic growth is a testament to the fact that with enough effort and good will we can all become mentors to each other, even in a world where nepotism, racism, xenophobia and prejudice are rife. “Mentor -2 Visions” vividly demonstrates that, through the arts, we can empower and interact with each other to make a positive difference.
Where – Rossouw Modern Art Galleries 5 Harbour Rd, Hermanus

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Who is Jenny Jackson?
Mingling brush strokes and color to achieve a nearly ethereal quality in oil on canvas, the contrasting intensity of Jenny’s portrait studies are almost shocking. There is a sense of knowledge in the eyes of her models as though they’ve experienced more than they’re willing to share; yet with what appears to be some intrinsic understanding of these experiences, she manages to capture a depth and emotion which urges the viewer to linger.
Born in England in 1935, Jenny spent the better part of the first decade of her life away from home at Boarding School. Separated from her beloved mother for most of her childhood, Jenny, like so many other children of her generation in that part of the world, was forced to stand on her own feet at a very young age. Harsh discipline at school, the terror of war being a constant reality, and fear of what the future might hold molded this little girl into a willful, headstrong young lady. Despite her parents’ wish that she pursue a university degree, Jenny had ambitions to lead a more glamorous life. Dreams of becoming a famous actress or even a pilot once thwarted, (to her intellectual parents’ relief and her dismay) Jenny was persuaded to attain a more practical skill.
A typing and shorthand course opened up an opportunity in reporting for the local paper. This would also eventually lead Jenny and her first husband to cross paths. After eleven years with the dashing young journalist, and their two children, Jenny’s life took a harsh turn when she was widowed. Having moved on from journalism to antique dealing, she also attempted to move on in her personal life. Although neither of her subsequent marriages proved to be successful, her antique business expanded and provided her with a prosperous career.
Throughout, Jenny continued to search for a more personally fulfilling venture, trying her hand at playwriting and producing. Eventually, at the age of 60, a brief program of self-discovery and an emotional encounter with the facilitator, a gentle Irish nun, steered her towards painting as a means of expression and personal therapy. Finally, Jenny had found her true niche. The joy of creating and bringing a canvas to life provided her with a peace and happiness she’d spent most of her life searching for. Today, at the age of 78, Jenny is a vibrant, exuberant lady, with an amazing talent, creating paintings that speak not only of studious effort and growth in her art, but are also a testament to years of a life fully lived.

Who is Obert Jongwe?
Obert was born on the 3rd of April in 1980 in the rural Mt Darwin in Northern Zimbabwe. During his early years he became interested in drawing through assignments given to him at school. When he became friends with an artist, Tichaona in 1999, he realized that he wanted to become one as well. Through minimal information supplied by his friend, Obert started visiting galleries and studying the different arts around him.
In 2000 he saw the work of a Zimbabwean artist, Tendai Nhavira. This inspired Obert to start painting.
From the first moment of taking painting seriously, Obert knew that he was fulfilling his destiny, working and suffering on this new journey. From the very beginning his work was highly regarded by the galleries, both in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
His vibrant colors and bold style, depicting the native scenes around him, quickly found their way into homes and hearts. Though young, he takes his work very seriously, reflecting the moods of his subjects at various times of interaction with a brutal honesty. Since then his work has been taken up in major galleries across Africa, including the Zimbabwe National Gallery, and acquired by collectors of modern artwork. Obert had his first solo show with the Rossouw Modern in 2010, and participates regularly in group exhibitions nationally.
“What I see and feel is art, so I paint!”