Jenny Parsons - Artist
Location: Riebeek Valley
Jenny Parsons graduated from the Durban University of Technology in 1988, with a Higher National Diploma in Fine Arts. She has participated in numerous exhibitions as well as holding two solo exhibitions. She worked as a lecturer for the Natal Technikon Short Courses Unit and for the Natal Society of Arts.
For part of 2011, and again for part of 2016, Jenny was a resident at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. In 2014 she studied a Post Graduate Diploma at Michaelis School of Fine Art UCT which she passed with distinction.
Jenny 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".