Jenny Parsons

b.1967

Jenny Parsons is an urban landscape painter working mostly in oil on canvas and chalk pastel. 

The city of Cape Town, with its areas of pristine nature interlocking with dense human habitation, provides a rich and diverse engagement for this artist. Parsons' paintings of Cape fynbos, the vegetation that is endemic to the Cape Peninsula, are a significant part of her exploration of brush mark, colour and light.

"For me, a landscape painting is not merely a visual representation of the world. It is a metaphor for the human condition, in all its mystery. I paint to try to make sense of the fragility of our world, the passing of time, and our shared experiences of light, air, colour and space. Painting the land continues to be a way of engaging with the strangeness of being here".

Parsons' latest paintings explore the existence of nature within the city. "Cultivated gardens, degraded public land and the grass verges of our suburbs are landscapes that lack the grandiosity of the pristine. The plants that inhabit these urban man-made spaces are a visual language all of their own. They speak of our history, our politics and the ways in which we engage with nature".

Jenny Parsons

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Exhibitions

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Silent Land

Silent Land

Jenny Parsons
Riebeek Kasteel
02 Dec 2018 - 19 Dec 2018

  Silent Land features a series of landscape paintings depicting the beautiful and vast Swartland landscapes - comprised of farmlands, settlements and small patches of ...

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CREATIVE BLOCK

CREATIVE BLOCK

Claudia Gurwitz, Jenny Parsons, Solly Smook, Louisa Gerryts, Tamlin Blake, Ivan Kirstein, Wiehan de Jager, Gordon Williams, Leila Fanner, Tanya Majó, Antoinette von Saurma
Riebeek Kasteel
09 Aug 2018 - 30 Aug 2018

RK CONTEMPORARY hosts Creative Block, coinciding with the weekend of Solo Studios, an annual art event held in the Riebeek Valley.

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We Live Here

We Live Here

André van Vuuren, Claudia Gurwitz, Jenny Parsons, Riaan van Zyl, Solly Smook, Greta McMahon, Louisa Gerryts, Tamlin Blake, Ivan Kirstein, Wiehan de Jager, Gordon Williams, Emma Willemse, Leila Fanner, Li Nepgen, Tanya Majó
Riebeek Kasteel
08 Apr 2018 - 23 Apr 2018

A unique initiative conceptualised by participating artists to promote their upcoming event Solo Studios 2018

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F R I E Z E

F R I E Z E

Jenny Parsons, Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen, Nabeeha Mohamed, Clare Menck, Leandri Erlank, Ronald Muchatuta, Greta McMahon, Obert Jongwe, Tharien Smith, Lindile Magunya, Debbie Field, Kufa Makwavarara, Patrick Bokambwa Bongoy, Paul Carstens, Lynne Lomofsky, Chloe Obermeyer
Riebeek Kasteel
21 Jan 2018 - 09 Feb 2018

A group exhibition of small works from both established and emerging artists.

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