South African visual artist Jeannie Kinsler

Jeannie Kinsler

South Africa | 6 artworks for sale

  • Mehndi Stone & Pebbles - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler Mehndi Stone & Pebbles
    140 x 70 cm
    R40 000
  • Knitting - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler Knitting
    50 x 50 cm
    R16 000
  • Heart, Bowl & Book - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler Heart, Bowl & Book
    50 x 50 cm
    R16 000
  • Cup, Saucer & Ribbon - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler Cup, Saucer & Ribbon
    50 x 50 cm
    R16 000
  • A Protea - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler A Protea
    50 x 50 cm
    R16 000
  • Bucket Of Pincushions - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler Bucket Of Pincushions
    40 x 40 cm
    R15 000
  • Three Proteas - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Three Proteas
    65 x 60 cm
  • Cloths & Long Shadows - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Cloths & Long Shadows
    110 x 90 cm
  • Leucadendrons & Enamel Jug - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Leucadendrons & Enamel Jug
    90 x 100 cm
  • Portrait Of A Protea II - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Portrait Of A Protea II
    75 x 90 cm
  • Clouds Hill Revisited - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Clouds Hill Revisited
    51 x 51 cm
  • Poetry Of Things - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Poetry Of Things
    90 x 100 cm
  • Portrait Of A Protea I - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Portrait Of A Protea I
    75 x 90 cm
  • Proteas In A Glass Vase - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Proteas In A Glass Vase
    62 x 100 cm
  • Agapanthus (diptych) - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Agapanthus (diptych)
    100 x 70 cm
  • Cloths And Long Shadows II - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Cloths And Long Shadows II
    110 x 90 cm
  • Wreath and Mustard Bowl - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Wreath and Mustard Bowl
    90 x 120 cm
  • Ephemerality - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    80 x 80 cm
  • Flower Forms And Shadows - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Flower Forms And Shadows
    65 x 80 cm
  • White Proteas, Brown Paper - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    White Proteas, Brown Paper
    90 x 85 cm
  • Far Away - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Far Away
    38 x 38 cm
  • Moonlight Protea - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Moonlight Protea
    90 x 90 cm
  • Two Weeks Later - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Two Weeks Later
    140 x 90 cm
  • Backlit II - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Backlit II
    80 x 120 cm
  • Backlit I - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Backlit I
    80 x 120 cm
  • The Knitter - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    The Knitter
    85 x 180 cm
  • Filtered Face II - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Filtered Face II
    100 x 100 cm
  • Clouds Hill Proteas III - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Clouds Hill Proteas III
    60 x 60 cm
  • Clouds Hill Proteas IV - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Clouds Hill Proteas IV
    60 x 60 cm
  • Filtered Face IV - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Filtered Face IV
    60 x 60 cm
  • Filtered Face III - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Filtered Face III
    100 x 100 cm
  • Wreath And Protea - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Wreath And Protea
    100 x 100 cm
  • Filtered Face I - Painting by Jeannie Kinsler
    Filtered Face I
    100 x 140 cm
Jeannie Kinsler was born in England but moved to Africa when she was 8 years old, growing up in Zimbabwe and then moving to South Africa in 1979. She studied Graphic Design at the then Natal Technikon in Durban. Her early study of painting in oils was under the guidance of renowned artist and teacher Pascale Chandler. Her painting practice focuses on portraiture, the human form and still life. The artist often adopts an aerial view of her source material to reduce the typical forms of her subject matter into shape and pattern, with an element of abstraction.

In 2019 she completed a commission to paint the 5 year old twins of Prince Albert and Princess Charlène of Monaco.

N.Dip Graphic Design (Durban University Of Technology)

Jeannie has exhibited widely in group shows at the KZNSA, artSPACE Durban and StateoftheART Gallery in Cape Town and held her first solo show at artSPACE Durban in 2009.  In 2020, the artist had work pre-selected for both the BP Portrait Awards and Royal Society of Portrait Painters' annual exhibition. She recently completed a commission to paint the 5-year-old twins of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.

Selected Exhibitions:

selection to the second round of the BP portrait award 2020
selection for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2020 exhibition at the mall galleries London
A commission to paint Princess Gabriella, the daughter of HSH Prince Albert II and HSH Princess Charlène of Monaco
New English Art Club annual exhibition at the mall galleries London

Untitled | Spring - group exhibition at StateoftheART, Cape Town
forward - a group show at Breathing Space Durban by gracekotzeprojects

reflections and shadows  -  a two person exhibition at Imbizo Gallery with Louise Jennings
show 3  - group show at Loading Bay Gallery
show 2  - group show at loading bay gallery

a very still life at artSPACE durban - an exhibition of still lifes in paint and ceramic with Louise Jennings
to the four winds – an exhibition at Imbizo Gallery
exhale - a group show curated by Grace Kotze at artSPACE durban

consider China  - exhibition at artSPACE durban

currency at gallery 415 - a group exhibition with Dee Donaldson, Pascale Chandler, Janet Solomon, Grace Kotze, Louise Jennings and Marianne Meijer
where we live - a collaborative exhibition with fashion designer Terrence Bray at KZNSA
inspiration 2 - a group show at artSPACE durban

the end (of the world as we know it )  - group exhibition at
artSPACE durban

big is beautiful  - group exhibition of large scale works

collected  - solo show at artSPACE durban

dwell  - a three person show with Jennie Castle and Louise Jennings at artSPACE durban

Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
I think for me the fresh relevance of painting is the most exciting new trend – that in spite of, or maybe because of, technology it still matters and that new painting voices are still being discovered. I am inspired and intrigued by the work of Caryn Scrimgeour and her contemporary take on still life.

Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?

I have enormous admiration for Andrew Verster, a prolific and inspiring artist, who had a great influence on me at a time when my career as an artist began in Durban.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
This is a hard one but I think I would have to go for a painting by Euan Uglow, of all the artists whose work inspires and informs my own his has had and still has the most influence - in particular a painting titled Georgia.

Pick three artists who you would be honored to exhibit with – and why
I have been honoured to exhibit in the past with both Grace Kotze and Pascale Chandler and I would be again, they are both artists to whom I owe a great deal for their influence on my life as a painter. I am also a huge fan of Martin Brooks and would be so honoured to exhibit with him.

How did you get started? Did you always want to be an artist?

I think I have always wanted to be an artist yes though I only developed a sense of urgency for it quite late in life – my one regret is that I didn’t start to paint in oils sooner! I do however believe that my training in graphic design informs the way I paint so nothing is wasted really. As a child I drew constantly and took art at school.

What are some of the key themes you explore in your work?
My great focus at the moment is on portraiture - it is probably the key theme in my work, I have an endless fascination with the face and human form - though a love of still life comes a close second.

What should people know about your art that they can’t tell from looking at it?
I am not sure if people can tell that I take a long time to complete a painting!

Tell us more about your creative process.
For me the process begins with looking and seeing, intently. I like to work on groups of paintings that start very broadly, linked together by colour or light often rather than subject matter. I sometimes recreate an idea or image I may have chanced upon in a film or a book. I have a painting called ‘girl with linen cloths’ and I set up the image after seeing the film Girl with a Pearl Earring, there is a scene where the girl is hanging washing on a line and moves through the white billowing sheets her body appearing and disappearing. I take a lot of photographs and mostly work from those - sometimes combining more than one image. My work of late has taken on a more classical approach.  

Do you believe an artist should use their platform to influence society? Why?
I think that is up to each artist, I don’t paint for that reason - but I am glad there are artists who try to make a difference for good.

Do you have a favourite or most meaningful work?
A painting from two years ago that was part of a series that I did of makers making – it is really a portrait of my good friend and ceramic artist Louise Jennings - though one cannot see her face, only her hands and apron as she takes a pot off the wheel in her studio. For me the painting conveys a lot with very little information.

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
I would have to say the mere fact that I am still painting full time, 20 years after I began, is a great achievement.
What are your aspirations for the future?
My aspirations are quite simply to paint more and for as long as possible, and to keep on learning and growing as an artist.