Jane Barnes

“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works,

if from the head, almost nothing.” – Marc Chagall

Artist statement:

My distinctive, abstract style is the perfect expression of my spontaneous response to the world I see and experience every day.
Each painting is full of energy and created with dynamic layers of colour. Just as in life, there is always more to discover if you pause to take a moment to look. My paintings are full of unexpected hints of what lies underneath, there’s a depth to discover.


I invite you to experience my paintings; to absorb what is seen, and to revel in the elicited response that I hope to stimulate.

Janes Barnes BRIDGING THE GAP
Acrylic on canvas, 800 x1100mm
R5 400

Artist biography:

Jane Barnes has always loved to explore different ways to depict the world around her. This passion led to formal Fine Art studies, where Jane realized that she did not want to draw from, only put down colour. Through a personal journey of trauma during her studies, she found her unique voice and her own contemporary, abstract style.

Jane Barnes
FIRELIGHT
Acrylic on canvas 600x700mm
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Jane has lived in both developed and developing countries around the world, and the distinct and rich cultural experiences had a profound influence on her art. While Jane drew inspiration from the landscapes and people, it is her intuition and connectivity to the people and landscapes around her that contribute to the depth of her paintings, and her choice of colours.

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More available artwork by Jane Barnes displayed in previous Bright Street Gallery Exhibitions:

Jane Barnes ABUNDANCE
Acrylic on canvas
600 x 700mm
R2 700
Jane Barnes BREAKING THROUGH
Acrylic on canvas
800 x 1100mm
R5 850
Jane Barnes SUMMER
Acrylic on canvas
800 x 1100mm
R5 850
Jane Barnes THIS IS FREEDOM Acrylic on canvas 1200 x 1500 R12 960

Jane Barnes SEASPRAY
Acrylic on canvas 800x1100mm
R5 280
Jane Barnes Waking the dawn with my song
Acrylic on canvas 1200x1500mm
R10 050

Jane Barnes, Bringing New Life,
Acrylic on canvas 590x860mm,
R2 250

Erna Groenewald

My work “Reminiscence” Oil on Canvas, was inspired by fond memories and how it can keep us going especially during times of restriction like 2020 lockdowns) instead of letting us dwell in the past. Never fear the darkness of a silhouette, there is always light behind it. Keep reaching for the light in order to create new memories

Artist Bio:

I am an Art and Design graduate, an experienced Art teacher with a passion for art, visual culture, design, self-expression, conceptual thinking, beauty and movement. My vision is to share and apply my personal perspective on how the complexities of life and the simple nature of living intersect to positively inspire us all.

Erna Groenewald REMINISCENE
Oil on canvas sheet, framed 290 x 340mm
R2 700


Living close to the ocean and nature, experiencing its true beauty and complexity, I am inspired by its ever-changing pallet. The impact of human nature on our surroundings also don’t go unnoticed.
I produce multiple artworks and projects in various formats and media. From interior design projects to fine art pieces. I draw most of my inspiration from my immediate
surroundings and current state of affairs. I gather visual information and inspiration while jogging, walking and hiking along the beach and surroundings. My work is mostly figurative and aims to create social- and environmental awareness. I also create interior design pieces that are abstract with mid-century modern influences.


For the past 30 years, I have worked professionally in marketing and design, as well as teaching art to all ages. My past experience in freelance design and project management gave me insight into creative problem-solving. Previous experience as owner-manager-teacher at the Little Village Art Studio in Tokai, Cape Town further provided an avenue to share my passion for Art development, along with the multiple teaching opportunities I’ve had at various public schools across South Africa. I am currently Subject Head for Art and Design at the high school level whilst pursuing my personal art journey in my spare time.


“lt is about perspective, not perception.” (Erna,2O2O)
“Mobility is not only on ability. lt is o privilege and on advantage. Keep moving.” (Erna, 2O2O)


Career & Studies:

  • BA (ART) Design and Art History NWU (1995)
  • Owner / Teacher Little Village Studio Art School (1997 – 1999)
  • Freelance Graphic Designer (1999 – 2002)
  • PGCE UNISA (2015)
  • Art Teacher (2003 to 2021)

Out of the BLUE: A sea of colour & texture

The Out of the BLUE group exhibition featuring Sculptural Ceramics by the students of The Potters Place is currently open to view at Bright Street Gallery.

This exhibition offers a wonderful selection of Paintings and Ceramic work. It truly is a sea of colour and texture. Whether you are an art enthusiast, an artist, an art collector or looking for unique gifts this season. Don’t miss this exhibition!

Participating artist – Painting:

Chris Butters, Belita Burger, Cath Duncan, Karla Duterloo, Vernon Fourie, Erna Groenewald, Norman Field, Ankia Joubert, Grant Netherlands, William Olivier, Michelle Oosthuizen, Anneke Potgieter,  Hanli Theron, Bert Touwen, and Di White

Participating Artists – Sculptural Ceramics:

Anja Appy, Petra Derksen, Jeanine Dickson, Debbie Hulme, Bronwyn Lewis, Renata Jerling, Cynthia Slattery, Lorraine Sykes, and Julie Willis.

The Exhibition is open to view until the 5th of March 2022.

Gallery hours:
Tuesday to Friday 10h00 – 15h45
Saturday 09h00 – 12h30

For more info:

Email: brightstreetgallery@gmail.com or visit www.brightstreetgallery.com
(+27) 21 851 2520
33 Bright Street, Somerset West, 7130
 

All safety protocols remain in place including social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitising on entry. 

Hanli Theron

Artist Bio:

Hanli is a well-known artist who received a BA in Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch in 1984; in the following year she completed a course in jewellery design and ten years later she completed a business degree at the Graduate School of Business at her alma mater, the University of Stellenbosch. Since 2013, Hanli has been exhibiting annually, including several exhibitions in Cape Town and its surroundings. Her work has travelled as far as Lamberts Bay and Port Elizabeth.

Currently, she is the owner and resident artist at the Pumpkin House Art Hub in Langebaan. Her inspiration comes from the ocean and swimming in open and cold-water conditions. These unchartered waters are the driving force behind Hanli’s art. She tunes into the rhythm of the sea and the movement within becomes an inexhaustible source of her genius.

Artwork from Hanli Theron displayed in previous Bright Street Gallery exhibitions:

Hanli Theron
SUMMER REFLECTION
Acrylic and mixed media
420 x 600mm
R1 575

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Matthew Cooke

I’m tying to capture those moments in our environment that uplift us and cause us to stop for a second.

– Matthew Cooke

Artist Bio:

Pen sketching and watercolour have drawn me into a journey into sketching landscapes, architecture and experiments.

Matthew Cooke
STILL LIFE OF FLOWERS
Pen, Ink on paper 590 x 770mm, framed
R13 500
Matthew Cooke
WINTERY WARMTH
Ink & watercolour on paper
280 x 350mm, Framed
R1 950

Growing up I had a grandfather who painted very classically styled watercolour landscapes and I gave it a go back then. I lost the urge for a long time after. Last year’s lockdown and all the stress that came with it, together with inspiration from my sister who has been painting for a while now, spurred me on to begin this journey that has turned into a bit of an obsession. Working from my own Instagram photos as well as others that I find all over the place online, I have been thoroughly enjoying the combination of loose penwork and watercolour.

Matthew Cooke
LANDSCAPE
Pen & Watercolour on paper 420 x 320mm, framed
R1 950

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