Jonel Scholtz

My portraits are moments in the past captured on canvas. They should have dissipated into the past, but I dragged them back into the present.”

Some Take Pictures Oil on canvas 71 x 56 cm

South African artist, Jonel Scholtz was born in 1972 and lives in Lichtenburg. She obtained a Baccalaureus Scientiae Degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, in 1994. Scholtz started painting in 1988, while in high school, with Louise Goudemond, an American born artist, specializing in figurative work and oil portraits. She has exhibited in South Africa in Johannesburg (Alice Art Gallery), Clarens (The Gallery), Cape Town (Marzé Botha Art Gallery),  Swellendam (Die Kunstehuijs), Hartebeespoort Dam (Old Masters, Chris Tugwell), Pretoria (Showroom Art Gallery) and Dullstroom (Branko Dimitrov Art Gallery).

Internationally Jonel Scholtz has exhibited at the Agora Gallery, New York; Art Fusion Gallery in Miami, at the Castello Estense in Ferrara in Italy, NY at the International Expo in 2010 and the United Nations as part of International Women's Day. She was selected in 2015 by Monteoliveto Gallery (Naples and Nice), as part of the search for new talent. She was picked as one of 3 artists worldwide, who was then represented in Monaco and internationally, by Monteoliveto Gallery Nice-Naples. In 2015 she exhibited extensively in Europe at Art Fairs like Monaco, Amsterdam Affordable Art Fair, Art3F in Nice as well as in Paris at a Christmas exhibition. Since 2016 her work has been exhibited in Mauritius’ Didus Art Gallery, curated by Asmita Chomroo.

Little Blue Boy Oil on canvas 76 x 61 cm
Mama Said It Was Okay Oil on canvas 45 x 45 cm
Ballerina Bunnies Oil on canvas 76 x 61 cm
Miss Molly Munks Oil on canvas 76 x 61 cm

“I do not set out to make art every day, that would be idiotic. I just set out to be happy. My portraits are moments in the past captured on canvas. They should have dissipated into the past, but I dragged them back into the present.”


Review published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images courtesy of the artist