Jeanne Pfaff 🇿🇦

Jeanne Pfaff

Oil and mixed media on canvas

120 x 120 cm

Jeanne Pfaff

Oil and mixed media on canvas

100 x 100 cm

Jeanne Pfaff

Oil and mixed media on canvas

140 x 132 cm

Jeanne Pfaff

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

80 x 105 cm

Jeanne Pfaff

0il and mixed media on canvas

97 x 105 cm

Jeanne Pfaff

Oil and mixed media on canvas

60.5 x 60.5 cm

About the artist

Jeanne Pfaff (b. 1967, South Africa) expressionism, abstraction, figuration and raw material engagement in equal parts.

 

Pfaff’s work, whether painting, drawing or sculpture, holds loosely onto a representational form mediated by memory, by desire, and by knowledge of the world, to create new forms that in their abstraction and incredible physicality inscribe her power as a woman and as a human.

 

​Pfaff’s arts education has been instinctual and ongoing and relentless. She has studied under the guidance of various established artists such as the Post Impressionist painter Nina Campbell-Quine, Ruth Levy, Reshada Crouwse and while living in New York she joined the Arts Student League. Pfaff’s greatest influence were her studies under Robyn Child (part of the pedagogical lineage of Walter Sickert) at Lydgate Art Research Center in Wiltshire, England where she studied for many years.  Her commitments have allowed her finally to commit full time to her practice for the last 5 years.

 

Her work is prolific and her recent Show “Something about Power” 2019 was a sell out. (30 works sold). She is exhibited at The  Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg. South Africa’s finest gallery and The Zeist Mocca Museum, Cape Town.

Up until this stage Jeanne sold successfully in multiple group shows and directly from her studio.

 

Pfaff works full time in the artist area of Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa.

 

Personal Statement

Personal Statement
My work engages expressionism, abstraction, figuration and raw material in equal parts.
I work in an open way that leaves the history of my process visible in the final work with no interest in planning the final outcome of a painting, working prolificly and relentlessly on multiple pieces till completion.
I use intuitive rather than calculated relations in colour and mark making, which depart from their original world and open up to new readings.
My works are energetic fields not contained images, full of bodily gesture and subconscious drive.  Each is a small excerpt from a much greater whole – a permanent record of all the contradictions of my time and space.
It is the energy of the brushwork that matters to me.  I start with an experience rather than an idea. I think my art is defined by a lack of rigid formal training constraints, so the paintings run with their own life and energy.
The madness needs to be there and then I tame it to find the balance.  It is deliberate art practised undeliberately.