• Janna Prinsloo

    South Africa

    Janna Prinsloo
    • Artist Statement
      • In most of my artworks I depict the human figure, whether in a burst of motion or in silent contemplation, using it to represent hidden truths and personal, internal realities. I am intrigued by the inner world of individuals, and often depict a 'soul journey' through a person and his/her interaction with a symbolic landscape.
    • Biography
      • Janna Prinsloo is a professional artist who was born and raised in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, where she also graduated with a BA Fine Arts from the University of Pretoria in 1998.

        Janna works from her studio in Cape Town and has participated in numerous group exhibitions across South Africa, as well as two solo exhibitions in Cape Town. In 2010 she was awarded the Vernon John Design Merit Prize as part of the Vuleka Art Competition. Working in the traditional medium of oil painting on canvas or board, her subject matter is strongly figurative, accessible and recognizable. Her images are of vibrant figures that come alive and seem to leap off the canvas.


        Selected Exhibitions:

        International Exhibitions:
        2012 (June-Sept)     NordArt Group Exhibition and Symposium, Germany

        2014
        Group Exhibition: Tiny Treasures, art.b Gallery, Bellville
        Group Exhibition: The Grand, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville

        2013
        Group Exhibition: Muse, Casa Labia Gallery, Muizenberg, Cape Town
        Group exhibition: Eye Catching Portraits, art.b Gallery, Bellville
        Group exhibition, ART Gallery, Port Elizabeth
        Group exhibition, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville
        Group exhibition, project of ArtSpace, Johannesburg
        Group exhibition, art.b Gallery, Bellville
        Group exhibition, Rust-en-Vrede, Durbanville

        2012
        Solo exhibition (with ceramist), Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria

        2011
        Group exhibition, Is Art, Franschhoek
        Solo exhibition, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville
        Group exhibition, project of ArtSpace, Johannesburg
        Group exhibition, curated by Carol Lee, Johannesburg

        2010
        Solo exhibition at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville
        Vuleka Art Competition, Group exhibition, art.b Gallery, Bellville
        Group exhibition, project of ArtSpace, Johannesburg Theatre
        Group exhibition, curated by Carol Lee, Johannesburg
        Group exhibition, Dorp Straat Gallery, Stellenbosch
        Group exhibition, project of ArtSpace, Johannesburg
        Group exhibition, Baljaar Woordfees, Stellenbosch
        Group Exhibition at Off-the-Wall gallery, Paarl

        2009
        Group exhibitions at Cultivaria Festival, Paarl
        Two-woman exhibition, Identity, at the Ann Bryant gallery, East London

        1997
        Sasol New Signatures Exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum.


    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        Jackie Griffin-Jones. I love her landscapes (possibly because I lived in the Eastern Cape for 11 years) and find her subject matter intriguing, and her technique inspiring.

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Sigrid Menck (my grandmother). She was born and raised in Germany, but lived most her life in South Africa, so I don't know whether she would strictly speaking be a South African artist. I admire her for how she used her talent to feed her family through the duration of a war, and carried on painting throughout many difficult circumstances.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
        NordArt, International Art Exhibition in Rendsburg, Germany. About 300 artists from across the world exhibited, in every possible media. It blew my mind: the creativity and unlimited scope of what you can do with and through art.

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?

        Various things. Sometimes an idea will just form in my mind. Sometimes I am inspired by other visual aids such as beautiful magazines, landscape photography or photographs of people in action.

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
        I am learning that I cannot force creativity, even though being productive takes stacks of self-discipline. So I am learning to include things in my life (besides hours every day in the studio) that will add to my creativity and level of inspiration, such as walks in nature and looking at beautiful books and magazines.

        What do you like most about being an artist?

        The privilege of being able to be creative on a regular basis. Where there was previously nothing, or rather a blank canvas, there is now something that can speak to people and has the ability to add something to their lives.

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?

        On days when my paintbrush seems to only mess the painting up, I lay it down and rather focus on admin. Tomorrow things might go better. When the ideas stop flowing I try to feed myself with the things that normally get my creative juices flowing.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

        Being invited to be part of NordArt, International Art Exhibition in Germany in 2012 as well as their symposium.

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
        Yes. I believe art speaks, and so I hope to bring into people's lives a voice that would somehow add something positive and uplifting to life which is often hard and full of challenges.

        What are your plans for the coming year?

        Enjoying painting, and trying to push my boundaries by experimenting somewhat with different ways of presenting my subject matter. 


  • lost in thought oil painting janna prinsloo
    JANNA PRINSLOO
    Lost In Thought
    Oil Painting / 70 x 90 cm
  • aerial view ii circular oil painting janna prinsloo
    JANNA PRINSLOO
    Aerial View II
    Circular Oil Painting / 40 x 40 cm
  • origins of identity (poverty) oil painting janna prinsloo
    JANNA PRINSLOO
    Origins Of Identity (Poverty)
    Oil Painting / 50 x 50 cm