Jenny Parsons
Helichrysum

Education

Born in 1967 and schooled in Durban, Jenny graduated from the Durban University of Technology (formerly the Natal Technikon) with a Higher National Diploma in Fine Arts in 1988.

Experience

After graduating, Parsons 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.
In 1991 she moved to Cape Town.

Jenny has since worked with a number of art and educational institutions including Community Arts Project and the Durbanville Cultural Society. Her last full time teaching position was at the Ruth Prowse College of Art and Design where she was head of the Fine Art department in 1998 and 1999.

Since 2000, Parsons has worked as a full-time artist from her studio in Observatory, exhibiting regularly in South African galleries.

In January and February 2011, and again in March and April 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.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

Silent Land, RK Contemporary, Riebeek Kasteel 2018
Solo Studios, Riebeek Valley, Riebeek West 2018
Island Apertures, Darling 2018
Solo Studios, Riebeek Valley, Riebeek West 2017
"Weed", Woordfees, Stellenbosch, 2017
Solo Studios, Riebeek Valley, 2016
Magpie Art Collective, Barrydale, 2015
Michaelis Graduate Show, Cape Town, 2014
Casa Labia Gallery, Cape Town 2013
Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town 2013
Dorpstraat Galery, Stellenbosch 2010
KZNSA, Durban 2009
Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town 2009
Irma Stern Museum (with Mary Visser), Cape Town 2007
Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, 2006
3rd i Gallery, Cape Town, 2005
Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town, 2004
Grassroots Gallery, Durban, 1990
NSA Gallery (with Robin Moodley), Durban, 1989
Elizabeth Gordon Gallery (with Clive Truter), Durban, 1988

Selected Group Exhibitions

Forward, Centenary Exhibition, Stellenbosch University Museum Stellenbosch 2019
Carol Lee Fine Art Johannesburg 2018
Smith Group Show Cape Town 2017
99 Loop Winter Exhibition Cape Town 2016
Summertide, The Gallery, Riebeek Kasteel 2016
Junction, Carol Lee, Johannesburg 2016
A sense of Place, Imibala Gallery, Somerset West 2016
Ephemeral Pleasures, Moor Gallery, Franschhoek 2016
Cape Town Flower Show, Cape Town 2016
Emerging Painters, Turbine Art Fair, 2016
Loading Bay Gallery, Durban, 2016
Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, 2015
Kingdom, Equus Gallery, Stellenbosch, 2015
Cape of Good Hope, 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town, 2015
Art in Clay, le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek, 2012
Anthropology, Durban, 2012
Thupelo International Workshop, Bag Factory, Johannesburg 2012
Cape Gallery, Cape Town 2012
Cape Gallery, Cape Town 2011
"Subtropical Vision" David Brown Fine Art. Johannesburg 2010
"Casa Labia in Bloom" Casa Labia Gallery. Cape Town 2010
"Interventions" International Thupelo Workshop. Cape Town 2010
"Origin" Carol Lee Fine Art Johannesburg, 2009
"A Little Piece of Africa" artSPACE Berlin, 2009
"Cut and Dried" Off the Wall, Paarl 2009
"Angels" Grande Provence Franschoek 2008/9
Dorp Straat Galery, Stellenbosch 2008
"Still Life" Carol Lee Fine Art Johannesburg 2008
Mike Donkin's Choice, Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch 2008
"Malleable" ArtSpace Durban, 2007
"Water" Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, 2007
"Postcards from South Africa", Axis Gallery, New York, 1999
Irma Stern Museum (Boudoir Biscuits), Cape Town, 1998
Boudoir Biscuits Installation at MCQP, Cape Town, 1997
Ibis Gallery (Boudoir Biscuits), Nieu Bethesda, 1997
"Mustardseed & Moonshine", Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town, 1993
"Durban Scene", Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, Durban, 1990

Collections

University of Cape Town Art Collection
Durban University of Technology Permanent Collection
First National Bank
South African Breweries
Spier Art Collection
Anglo American, Vergeleegen Estate
Webber Wentzel
Grindrod Shipping
General Cologne Reinsurance
de Grendel Winery
Nandos International
The Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town
Carpets in the Judges' Chambers, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg (Boudoir Biscuits collaboration with the women of St Anne's Home, Cape Town)
Parsons is represented in numerous South African and foreign collections.

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