An exhibition by Constantia artist Jane Moodie will be held at Cardonnay Deli during December.
This particular body of work focusses on the emotional beauty of the feminine face. While Moodie also paints commissioned portraits, this exhibition consists of decorative, iconic faces.
Her work is displayed at Lucky Fitsch at the Cape Quarter and at Knext Gallery at the Water
Shed in the V&A. The exhibition in December will be her first solo exhibition. Moodie was born and raised in Cape
Town and says she has
always loved painting and drawing people and animals. She studied art at Plumstead High where she matriculated with a distinction in the subject. After her studies and travelling overseas, she started work at a Cape Town fashion house, designing clothes and modelling.
For the last 25 years, Moodie has worked as a
fashion designer in Italy, Holland and most recently, Cape Town, where she was designer and creative manager for Naartjie,
until it was taken over by Truworths in 2018. “I left the industry in 2018 to follow my true creative passion,
painting, and made the rewarding decision to become a full-time professional artist. I do portrait
commissions but also enjoy creating decorative iconic artworks,”saysMoodie.
She works from her studio in High Constantia surrounded by nature. Apart from art at school she is self-taught, and works mainly in acrylics, charcoal and pastels.
“I love the idea of
combining realism with abstract backgrounds, using unusual materials like gold leaf. Attention to detail can become quite limiting. Abstraction allows me to loosen up and play with colour combinations, while through the realism I
capture the essence of
emotions, especially in the eyes. I think this emotional expression is fast becoming my trademark.”
Chardonnay Deli is on Constantia Main Road next to High Constantia Shopping Centre. The exhibition will run throughout December, from 7am to 6pm, daily.