One glance at Jenny Hallowes painting of cows ambling along a beach is enough to immediately transport you to the beautiful Wild Coast.
Using watercolours, pastels and oils, she is able to create a sense of place which is extraordinarily evocative. In addition to the cattle series captured on family holidays to Mboyti on the Transkei coast, there are roads cutting through the African bush in Phinda, cheetah camouflaged in the long grass and images of life on a working farm in East Griqualand.
Among the 32 paintings is one of a man who would go from farm to farm to do jackal patrols with his pack of dogs, while another shows her father rounding up cattle on horseback.
Hallowes – who will be showing her work in the exhibition, ‘Lifescape’, at the Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg, from November 13 to January 22 – is excited to be showing her work at the Tatham.
“Having been at boarding school at St John’s School in Pietermaritzburg, I am very happy to be accepted by the gallery,” she added. “I am known for my portraits and figure studies, but this exhibition is a journey through my life – growing up on a farm, holidays on the Transkei coast and escaping from my commercial art career in Johannesburg to wild places and open spaces.”
She has exhibited with groups and individually, but says: “This is exhibition is very special, it means a lot to me.”
The Hallowes family moved to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands in 1987 and since then Jenny has been able to paint full-time. She works from life, when possible, then from sketches and photographs to create landscapes and portraits in her beautiful, light-filled studio in Winterskloof (Hilton).
Over the years, she has been part of Jeanette Gilks’ Garret Artists and the ‘Mark Group’, enjoyed classes with Jane Heath and Jinny and been an active member of Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (Macs).
“But my biggest learning curve and challenge was teaching adult art classes at Macs for many years, I really grew as an artist, you need to teach, to discover.” she said.
Hallowes, who counts Jinny Heath and Eva Banach as school contemporaries, has loved doing art all her life and credits her grade 1 teacher, Gwyneth Walker, from Kokstad, and her parents with recognising her talent and encouraging her to pursue her passion from that early age.
After matric, Hallowes attended the then Natal Technikon (now Durban University of Technology) School of Art where she studied fashion design.
She went on to work as a dress designer in Johannesburg before changing to commercial art, working for several advertising agencies and eventually having her own design business, Artline, before moving to Natal.
“Making art is like breathing to me,” adds Hallowes. “It’s what I do all the time. I enjoy the process and that excitement, anticipating how something will work out. The only thing I don’t like is how the time flies…”
NEED TO KNOW
Jenny Hallowes: Lifescape will be staged in the Schreiner Gallery at the Tatham Art Gallery, Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg from Sunday, November 13 to Sunday, January 22, 2017.
The gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 9am and 5pm. The gallery is closed on Mondays and will be closed on December 25 and 26 and January 1, 2017.
Jenny Hallowes will be working as an artist in residence at the Tatham Art Gallery during the exhibition.
Inquiries: 033 392 2801.