Igshaan Adams

Jan-Henri Booyens

Jared Ginsburg

Bronwyn Katz

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt

Donna Kukama

Herman Mbamba

Sabelo Mlangeni

Kyle Morland

Cinga Samson

Gerda Scheepers

James Webb

Pedro Wirz

Billie Zangewa

Jan-Henri Booyens

Jan-Henri Booyens’ work is often described in terms of a struggle between the representational and abstract, the rational and chaotic. His affinity and critical engagement with Modernism is coupled with his relationship to the South African landscape, both physical and social, manifesting in an intuitive, texture-rich layering of oil paint on canvas and a bold use of colour and lineBooyens incorporates his experimentation with street art, photography, and digital ‘Glitch Art’ and GIFs into his canvasses, as seen in his solo presentations at blank projects, WHITEOUT’ (2015) and ‘Some Kind of Nature’ (2014). He was one-third of the iartist collective Avant Car Guard, who employed paint, photography and sculpture to offer a satirical critique of South Africa’s art world.



curriculum vitae

1980 Born in Johannesburg, South Africa



2000-2004 BAFA, Durban Institute of Technology, Durban, South Africa

1999-2000 Gerrit Rietveld Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands


solo exhibitions

2015 WHITEOUT, blank projects, Cape Town

2014 Some Kind of Nature, blank projects, Cape Town

2013 Save it ‘till the morning after, blank projects, Cape Town

2012 Strange Days, blank projects, Cape Town

2010 Tectonic, WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery, Cape Town

2009 People used to dream about the future, artSPACE, Berlin, Germany

2008 The Matt Sparkle, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town

2008 The Matt Sparkle, Premise Gallery, Johannesburg

2003 Minor Acts of Violence, multi media installation, Young Artist Project, NSA Gallery, Durban

2003 Exhibition of Paintings, HOME: The Cupboard Gallery, Durban

2002 Bignity Gig, Frequency, Durban


group exhibitions

2018 open agenda, blank projects, Cape Town

2018 Friends50, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town

2017 17, blank projects, Cape Town

2015 Back to the Future II: Abstract Art in South Africa: Past & Present, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch

2014 next thing you know, blank projects, Cape Town

2013 This is the thing, blank projects, Cape Town

2013 blank projects in Johannesburg, Ithuba Arts Gallery, Johannesburg

2012 When Form Becomes Attitude, blank projects, Cape Town

2011 Into the artist’s studio, TinT Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece

2011 Iaab Projektraum, KunstFreilager, Dreispizareal, Basel, Switzerland

2011 ALPTRAUM, Deutscher Künstlerbund, e.V. Berlin. Starting in Washington DC, at Transformer, the works travel across the globe to Cell Project Space, London touring to Deutscher Künstlerbund Projektraum, Berlin, The Company, Los Angeles and blank projects, Cape Town

2008 David Krut Gallery, Joburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

2007 Collagist Exhibition, The Premise Gallery, Johannesburg

2007 Thought Traffic, a sketching exhibition at The Premises Gallery Johannesburg

2006 New Painting: a group exhibition of recent South African art, KZNSA Gallery Durban/UNISA Art Gallery Pretoria/Johannesburg Art Gallery

2005 Spring Fling, WHATIFTHEWORLD project space, Cape Town

2005 The black and white poster project, DIRT Contemporary, Cape Town

2005 J ‘en rêve, Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France

2005 DWG, Drawing installation at the outlet gallery, Pretoria

2005 Group therapy, installation at The Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg

2004 VIDEOART CHANNEL, Pola Museum Annex, Tokyo, Japan

2004 Untitled, the secret gallery, Pretoria

2004 Out in the Dark video festival, Johannesburg

2003 Atopia, mixed media installation, artSpace, Durban

2003 Recent Acquisitions, mixed media installation, redeye Durban Art Gallery

2003 HOME, video works shown in a multimedia dance production directed by Jay Pather, Grahamstown National Arts festival, Grahamstown and Durban Art Gallery, Durban

2003 EDGE production, Video works exhibited in a multi-disciplinary performance directed by Jay Pather, Playhouse Theatre, Smith Street, Durban

2002 Terrorist art, 911, 60 Point Road

2002 unplugged (group recording), Arts Electronica, Linz, Austria

2002 Not For Sale, Sound installation, DDE-NSA Bat Centre, Durban

2002 Absolut Insig Anamasie Fees, National Animation exhibition, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn

2001 The wheel exhibition, Durban Red Eye Art, Durban

2001 Something with an S, Durban Décor & Decaf, Durban

2001 Xerox for all, NSA Gallery, Durban

2001 Red Eye @rt, Durban Art Gallery

2000 Interview Sheet party, performance with Steward Barstow and Michael McGarry, Bat Centre, Durban

2000 Kwazulu Natal Young artist exhibition, Tecnikon Natal Art Gallery, Durban

1999 Kraker exhibition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands



2010 – 2011 Pro-Helvetia Residency, Basel, Germany



2003 – 2004 Painting prize, Durban Institute of Technology

2002 Emma Smith Art Scholarship Merit Award

1998 Best Painting Student, Pro-Arte, Alpyn Park, Pretoria



Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town

Foundation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris

Pro-Arte Fine Art Collection, Pretoria


teaching / curating

2012 – 2013 Part time lecturer of painting, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch

2007 – 2010 Full time history of art, painting, art and culture and technology teacher (head of department) at Carpe Diem Academy, Pretoria

2005 Co-curator, the black and white poster project, DIRT Contemporary, Cape Town

2001-2002 Red Eye’s visual art curator, Durban Art Museum, Durban