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About Jenny Boon


Jenny Boon – van Houwelingen

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Jenny Boon-van Houwelingen was born in 1975 in Pretoria, South Africa. She graduated in 1997 in Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria. During her studies she received several awards.  From 1998 to 2005 she stayed in the Netherlands. The forests in the area where she lived became the inspiration for much of her work, especially the play of light in the foliage. In the Netherlands she found inspiration among a group of contemporary artists called the Northern Realists. Since 2005 she stays again in South Africa with her husband and four children. Looking for a substitute for painting the European forests, she began painting Jacarandas. She paints in her studio, but also loves to do plein-air painting. She has a great interest in history and likes to paint places which tell a story. As her husband did a PhD study on mission history, they visited many mission stations. These places became a favorite subject in her art. In her latest exhibition she enjoyed combining her paintings of Indigenous South African trees with poetry.

The way the light reflects remains a constant source of inspiration. In the light, in how creation presents itself, the artist observes God’s hand behind everything. The Dutch poet Inge Lievaart expressed this as follows:

“verliefd op het licht

betoverd door het water

verrukt door wat bloeit

maar het diepst geraakt door de

liefde daarin gespiegeld.”

In love with the light

Enchanted by the water

Delighted by what blossoms

But touched most profoundly

By the love in them reflected.


1995 Kempton Park – Tembisa Exhibition

1996 Kempton Park – Tembisa Exhibition

Sasol New Signatures Competition – Pretoria Art Museum

1997 ABSA Atelier, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg

Kempton Park – Tembisa Exhibition

Sasol New Signatures Competition – Pretoria Art Museum

Final year student exhibition -National Cultural History museum

2002 Exhibition in Library – Zuidwolde Netherlands

2003 Summer Exhibition Gallery De Kuyperij – Veenklooster Netherlands

2004 Exhibition with Henk Pietersma and Bastiaan van Schootsbrugge – Steenwijk Netherlands

Summer Exhibition Gallerie Greenwich Village – Zuidwolde Netherlands

Summer Exhibition Gallery De Kuyperij – Veenklooster Netherlands

2007-2017 Ongoing Exhibition at Tugwell Gallery – Brooklyn Mall Pretoria South Africa

2010 Exhibition at Watercolor Society – Johannesburg South Africa

2011  Trees for Africa – Bollsmann on Brooks Gallery – Pretoria South Africa

2011  Jacaranda Splendor of Pretoria – Exhibition at St. Lorient fashion & art gallery

2009-2012  Lecturing Art at AROS

2012  “Die mooiste, mooiste maand – ‘n Voorsmaak ”  Solo exhibition at the Brooklyn theatre

2017  “En al  die bome van die veld sal in die hande klap” Solo exhibition at the Brooklyn theatre


1994 Santam bursary for promising student Fine Arts

1996 Bettie Cilliers Barnard bursary for Painting


Visit also the website of Jenny’s husband:

  1. Margreet permalink

    Jenny, pragtige skilderye!!! Is veral mal oor die “Michelle and Sheep” en die jakaranda’s!

  2. willemijn en ynse schaafsma permalink

    Jenny, ik wist dat je kon schilderen, maar wat kun je goed portretten maken zeg! Die van Pieter is sprekend.
    Neem aan dat je ons nog wel kent; groeten uit nederland van Ynse, WIllemijn, Hilde, Bram, Johan en Alfred Schaafsma uit Zuidwolde.

  3. Ena de Klerk permalink

    Wat kun ik zecht? Verruklike schildkuns! Groeten uit Pretoria van Ena

  4. Ria Stander permalink

    Hi Jenny, I saw a panting in Pretoria named Straattoneel in Graaff Reinet. It looks exactly like our house. Can you remember in which street the house was that you painted?

    • Hi Ria

      Thank you for your comment!
      Did you visit the Kuns Uniek Exhibition? Because the painting is currently exhibited there.
      Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of the street. I have looked on Google Maps, but there is no name at this particular street. As far as I can see it is a side street of Somerset Street in between Te Water street and Murray street.
      Graaff-Reinet is a lovely place, and all the houses there are so beautiful!

      Jenny Boon

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