Artworks by Wopko Jensma
6 April – 4 May 2013
Please join us for the opening on Saturday 6 April at 14:00
Opening address by Dr Oswald Mtshali. Marcel van Heerden will read poems by Wopko Jensma
Exhibition catalogue available.
Printed version available from the gallery. Please scroll down for the online version
Possessing tools/professing artistry is a tribute to the way in which Wopko Jensma explored the different forms - 'many entities in one shape' - in various and diverse mediums, in bright and unusual colours and colour combinations, not only in the familiar black and white with which many people associate his art. He was a contemporary artist in the socially engaged art of the 1970s.
Wopko Jensma studied at the University of Pretoria towards a BA Fine Arts degree (1961 – 1964), as well as at the University of Potchefstroom towards a Teacher’s Diploma. He taught at Swaneng Hill School in Botswana in 1969, and aspired to open his own art school, as he related in letters to Wolf and Gundi Weinek. His first exhibition was organised by a friend, Jonathan Paton in his house in Parkwood. Jensma exhibited regularly in the late-1960s and throughout the 1970s at various galleries in South Africa, as well as abroad (New York and Oxford). In 1979 Jensma was included in the South African Printmakers exhibition at the South African National Gallery, Cape Town. One of his last recorded exhibitions was in 1980 at Wolf Weinek’s Gallery Y in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, his fourth at that gallery.