RONÉL DE JAGER'S WORK, WHICH SHIFTS BETWEEN PAINTING, SCULPTURE & INSTALLATION, DEALS WITH CONCEPTS OF THE FLEETING, WITH ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, AND WITH THE NOTION OF DEEP TIME.

SHE EXAMINES OUR UNDERSTANDING OF TIME, OFTEN BY SLOWING DOWN IMAGES CULLED FROM HER OWN PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOGRAPHY.

Through an abiding interest in translating photographic and video imagery into ambiguous, suggestive paint marks, de Jager prexplores liminal states. Blurry paintings imply movement, as if to explore a kind of spatial liminality: unclear landscapes suggest rapid movement. The disturbance created by this is unsettling, as the details of the landscape resist our grasp. In the place of a full understanding of the situations shown, the viewer is often left with a mere sensation, an intense yet transient impression of the scenes de Jager explores.

This transience is to be detected, too, in her working process: de Jager speaks of the need to keep shifting her practice and evolving her interests. So, interestingly, transience is the constant; change the leitmotif, both conceptually and formally.

The artist says, “I’m continuously fascinated with time on a grand scale, through ideas of evolution of the world around us, geological time and the antiquity of the earth. But I also want these histories to speak of a contemporary moment and show the response from the earth to our presence.”

De Jager has presented two major solo exhibitions at South African galleries; the second of these, ‘Broeigrond’, won the KANNA award for best exhibition at the KKNK arts festival. De Jager has also held a two-person show with artist Mandy Coppes-Martin and has been represented in numerous curated shows. 

Her works are included in a significant number of private collections, locally and internationally, as well as in the art collections of ABSA, First Rand Limited, Hollard Australia, Rand Merchant Rank, Sasol, Telkom, Spier Arts Trust, Nando’s International and the permanent collection of the South African National Library. Permanent installations of her Citizen of Glass sculpture series has been commissioned by First Rand Limited, (housed at Merchant Place, Sandton) & Hollard (housed at The Pines, Villa Arcadia, Johannesburg). With recent public commissions completed for Nando’s UK and Edgars & VMLYR for their 2020 winter campaign.

 

De Jager works full-time from her studio in Parkview, Johannesburg, she has recently returned from maternity leave and joined the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios for a four month residency which concluded in January 2020.

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2019 - 2020

2017

2008, 2013, 2015

2016, 2015, 2013, 2011

2008, 2010, 2014

2003

Bag Factory Artists’ Studio Residency - Visiting Artist, Johannesburg

KANNA AWARD WINNER - Best Visual Art Exhibition, KKNK National Arts Festival

ABSA L’Atelier & Barclays L’Atelier - Top 100 

Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards - Finalist 

Sasol New Signatures - Finalist

MTN Art Foundation Award 

 
 
 

SOLO SHOWS & PROJECTS

2017

2015

2014

2014

2014

2009

BROEIGROND: Fertile Ground for Golden Regrets, solo exhibition,

(KANNA AWARD WINNER) KKNK Main Visual Arts programme, Oudsthoorn, South Africa

A.M. (After Midnight), solo exhibition, (final in a three part series), Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg

A Discord, interactive performance in association with Site Specific & Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia

AN INTERLUDE, featured multimedia Installation, Turbine Art Fair 2014, Johannesburg

A PRELUDE, solo exhibition & multimedia installation, ROOM Gallery & Projects, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

123 Blokmyself!, Gordart Gallery Project Room, Johannesburg

 

COLLECTIONS

2020

2017, 2019

2018

2016

2016

2014 - 2020

2012 - 2020

2009

2008

2008 - 2020

ABSA Art Collection

Hollard Art Collections - Australia & South Africa

First Rand Limited Art Collection

South African National Library Public Art Collection

Rand Merchant Bank Art Collection

Nando's International Art Collections  - South Africa, Malaysia & UK Art Collections

Spier Arts Trust & Wine Estate Art Collections

Telkom SA Art Collection

Sasol Limited Art Collection

Various National and International Private Collections (Germany, Mauritius, Switzerland, UK, USA, Australia, Ghana, São Paulo amongst others)

 

PUBLIC COMMISIONS

2020

2020

2018

2017

2013

Nando’s UK, (Veil II) UK Menu cover

Edgars & VMLYR, Commissioned Artwork (Unravel) for Winter Campaign

First Rand Limited, Permanent Installation commissioned for CEO offices (Citizen of Glass series), Merchant Place, Sandton Johannesburg 

Hollard Art Collection, Permanent Installation (Citizen of Glass series), The Pines at Villa Arcadia, Johannesburg 

Official Portrait for President Nelson Mandela’s Funeral for South African Government, assisted commissioned artist Usha Seejarim, Qunu, Eastern Cape 

 

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

2013

2013

2012

2007 - 2013

New Voices II, Curator, hosted by Lizamore & Associates, Johannesburg  

The Art of Access webinar series, project manager, hosted by Usha Seejarim, Johannesburg

New Voices, Curatorial debut, hosted by Artspace Gallery,  Johannesburg

Gallery Manager & Assistant Curator, Artspace Gallery (now Lizamore & Associates), Johannesburg

 
 

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2020

Pandemic, interdisciplinary exhibition curated by Annali Cabano Dempsey, University of Johannesburg Gallery

Vanishing Act, curated by Suen Muller, KKNK National Arts Festival, Oudsthoorn

Knowingly Waisting Time, curated by No End Contemporary, Linden, Johannesburg 

She Impressions, all female group exhibition curated by The Project Space, Victoria Yards, Johannesburg

2019

Bag Factory Salon, curated by Candice Allison, Bag Factory Artist’s Studios, Johannesburg

Lost & Found, curated by Candice Allison, Bag Factory Artist’s Studios, Johannesburg

ABSA Champaign Festival, curated by Sarah Mcgee, Polo Room, Sandton, Johannesburg

Secret Garden, Art on Avenues Gallery, Somerset West

Turbine Art Fair, presented by Lizamore & Assoc. Gallery, Illovo, Johannesburg

Countershading, Art on Avenues Gallery, Somerset West

Murmurs of Earth, Art on Avenues Gallery, Somerset West

Collecting Contemporary, curated by Teresa Lizamore, KKNK Festival, Oudtshoorn

Muurblom, curated by Carina du Randt, US Woordfees, Stellenbosch

2018

New Romantics, curated by Mary Corrigall, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

Nano 1.2, curated by Alastair Whitton, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

Stargarden, curated by Carina du Randt, Platform 13, Cape Town

Paint it Forward, curated by Lucia Boer, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg

Bag Factory Annual Salon, Bagfactory Artists Studios, Johannesburg

Lizamore Salon, Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg

2017

MYOPIA, two-woman exhibition by Ronél de Jager & Mandy Coppes-Martin, Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg

Dead and Dreaming: Still Life, painting exhibition curated by Wayne Matthews, Priest Gallery, Johannesburg

Lady Garden, women's exhibition, Cavalli Gallery, Somerset West, Cape Town

The Young Guns, curated by Megan Theunissen , Gallery One11, Cape Town

35 Lizamore: Trailblazers, curated by Teresa Lizamore, Lizamore & Assoc Gallery, Parkwood, Johannesburg

Material Consequences, women's month exhibition curated by RMB, Art@First Gallery, Merchant Place RMB, Johannesburg

Sacred & Profane, curated by Dead Bunny Society, Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg

See Art, curated by Derek Zietsman, Gallery 2, Johannesburg

2Y2K, curated by Rebecca Haysom, Twilsharp Studios, Johannesburg

35 Years Lizamore, curated by Teresa Lizamore, Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg

2016

For What It's Worth, curated by No End Contemporary Art Space, Linden

#Selfie, curated by Teresa Lizamore, Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg

Turbine Art Fair, presented by Lizamore & Assoc. Gallery, Turbine Hall, Newtown

Spaces Between Maps / Kartografeer tussen die Kaarte, curated by Stephan Erasmus, KKNK Festival, ABSA Gallery, Oudtshoorn

Fifteen Hundred, curated by No End to Contemporary Art Space, Linden 

Stellar, Salon 91 Contemporary Gallery, Cape Town

Office Party, curated by Rebecca Haysom, Twilsharp Studios, Johannesburg

2015

2014

2013

Cape Town Art Fair 2015, new works presented by Lizamore & Assoc. Gallery, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream, curated by Layla Leiman, Twilsharp studios, Johannesburg

We're Not in Kansas Anymore, presented by George Bizos fund, Sahethi School, Johannesburg

Broken Monsters, Charity Exhibition presented by Nando's SA, curated by Jacki Lang, Johannesburg & Cape Town

Joburg Fringe, curated by Dead Bunny Society, as part of Art Week Joburg, Arts on Main, Johannesburg 

Cultivate, curated by Kevin Handelsman & Kim Lieberman, King David's School, Johannesburg 

Turbine Art Fair 2015, new works presented by Lizamore & Assoc. Gallery, Turbine Hall, Newtown, Johannesburg

Winter is Coming, curated by Carina du Randt, Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estate, Somerset West, Cape Town

Macabre, curated by Dead Bunny Society, Under Culture Contemporary, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Site Specific Jozi Land Art, presented by Site_Specific, Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia

Interrupted, curated by Annali Cabano-Dempsey, University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg

Turbine Art Fair, presented by Artspace Gallery, Johannesburg

ABSA L’Atelier 2013, Art Awards finalists exhibition, curated by Dr Paul Bayliss, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg

No Place Like Now, curated by Emma Willemse & Tamzin Lovell, Lovell Gallery, Cape Town

2018

2018

2018

2018

2017

2017

2017

2017

2017

2017

2016

2016

2016

2016

2016

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2013

2013

2013

2013

Art Africa – ‘New Romantics’. Review by Ellen Agnew, February 2018

Business Day – ‘Artwork as a new romance rooted in nature’s magic’. Article by Mary Corrigall, January 2018

Artthrob – ‘Pretty Vacant: ‘New Romantics’ at Barnard Gallery’. Review by Lucienne Bestall, February 2018

Cape Times – ‘Romantics Fixated on Capturing New World’. Article by Mary Corrigall, February 2018

Video Interview – Interview with De Jager for the ‘Sacred & Profane’ exhibition. DBS, August 2017

Beeld – 'Betekenis lê tussen die heilige en onheilige'. Review by Johan Myburg, August 2017.

The Star – 'Hopping Into the Great Unknown'. Review by Mary Corrigall, August 2017.

Maroela Media – 'Broeigrond Wins Kanna Award'. May 2017

RSG Kuns – 'Broeigrond Exhibition'. Radio Interview with Christelle Webb-Joubert. April 2017

Bravo! kyknet – 'Kanna Award Winners announced at Nasdak, CT'. May 2017

Vrouekeur – 'Kuns Uit Eie Bodem'. Feature by Johan Myburg. June 2016

The Citizen - 'Escape The Noise'. Article by Adriaan Roets. May 2016

ELLE Décor – ‘Finding the Black hole’ artwork feature in Inspiration section. April 2016

Finweek - 'How to Pick a Winning Artist'. Article by Johan Myburg. January 2016

Visi.co.za – 'Broken Monsters Cape Town Exhibition'. January, 2016

10 and 5 – 'Nando’s Broken Monsters Charity Show - Artwork feature'. By Louise McCann. November 2015

Contemporary And – 'Last Night I had the Strangest Dream' artwork feature. July 2015

Barclays L'Atelier - 'Top 100 finalists'. March, 2015

Art Times – Cape Town Art Fair. Sunday Afternoon’ artwork feature. February 2015

Business Day - 'Insights via unconventional ways of perceiving the world'. Feature by Chris Thurman. February 2015

RSG Kuns - 'AM After Midnight Exhibition'. Radio Interview with Christelle Webb-Joubert. February 2015

Rosebank Killarney Gazette - 'Thought-provoking exhibition at Lizamore and Associates'. February 2015

Artslink – 'The Fleeting Nature of Light and Shadow'. January 2015

The Stylist’s Notebook – 'Art gallery hopping'. Blog post feature. February 2015

DEKAT TV. Kyknet – Rolanda Marias interviews De Jager at her studio. October 2014

Project Video – 'An Interlude' Installation featured at the Turbine Art Fair. July 2014

Grolsch Canvas – ‘Words Can’t Express What the Eye Sees’. July 2014

Saturday Citizen – ‘A Moment’s Silence’. Article by Genevieve Veira, June 2014

Exhibition Video – ‘A Prelude’. June 2014

Business Day – ‘Tricks of Light and Shade are elegiac’ Article by Chris Thurman. June 2014

RSG Kuns – ‘A Prelude Exhibition'. Radio Interview with Christelle Webb-Joubert. February 2015

Joburg City Buzz – 'Pushing boundaries with featured multimedia elements'. Article by Khanyisile Ngcobo. June 2014

Artthrob – ‘A Prelude opens at Room Gallery & Projects’. March 2014

'The making of the official Nelson Mandela Funeral Artwork in Images'. December 2013

Between 10 and 5 – 'The implementation of the Art of Access webinar series'

Saturday Star – '67 Hours' - De Jager assists Usha Seejarim with Mandela day project. July 2013

eNCA – 'Tom Waits for no man exhibition at UJ Gallery'. May 2013

Ronél de Jager (b.1985) is a South African visual artist based in Johannesburg. Her work shifts between painting, sculpture and installation. Through an abiding interest in translating photographic and video imagery into ambiguous, suggestive paint marks, de Jager explores liminal states. Transience is the constant; change the leitmotif, both conceptually and formally.