WelcomeJenny Parsons is an urban landscape painter working mostly in oil on canvas and chalk pastel.
Parsons says of her practice, “A landscape painting is not merely a visual representation of the world. It is a metaphor for the human condition, in all its mystery. I paint to try to make sense of the fragility of our world, the passing of time, and our shared experiences of light, air, colour and space".
The city of Cape Town, with its areas of pristine nature interlocking with dense human habitation, provides a rich and diverse engagement for this artist. Parsons' paintings of Cape fynbos, the vegetation that is endemic to the Cape Peninsula, are a significant part of her exploration of brush mark, colour and light.
A city is a reflection of the choices that society has made over time. Parsons' urban landscape paintings document the relationship between our values and our occupation of the land. Cultivated gardens, degraded public land and the grass verges of our suburbs are landscapes that lack the grandiosity of the pristine. The plants that inhabit these urban man-made spaces are a visual language all of their own. They speak of our history, our politics and the ways in which we engage with nature.
A recent trip to Kerala in India led to a series of paintings exploring the idea of The Temple Garden. These paintings are about confusion and illusion, and the precarious joy of being here.