apetonian Jo Roets is a passionate painter, sculptor and mould maker.
One of the highlights of her career was to restore iconic South African puppets popular with young TV watchers in the 70’s. In 2013, The Little Marionette Company employed Jo for the difficult task of restoring the fragile originals of Liewe Heksie, Blommie Kabouter, Kwaai Babatjie and Matewis.
Art has always been a central theme in Jo's life and art practises are interwoven in her education and professional careers. At school she attended class at Jack Meyer and P.J. Olivier. After matriculating in 1997 from Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof, she furthered her studies and obtained a Diploma in Art Direction for film and television as well as an Advanced Diploma in Motion Picture Production Design. Following this, she produced artworks required by the film industry before her lecturing career started at CityVarsity. She lectured in painting, prosthetics, special effects, props fabrication, sculpting, mould-making and casting. In 2017, after 14 years as a senior lecturer, Jo exchanged her lecturing cap for that of full time artist.
In 2018, Jo's work was selected for four prominent art competitions:
Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Award Barrel Head Exhibition, Hermanus (finalist)
Vuleka, Art.B Gallery, Bellville (finalist)
Sasol New Signatures Art Competition 2018, Pretoria Art Museum (finalist)
StateoftheART Gallery Award 2018, StateoftheART, Cape Town (winner)
Jo has high expectations for her art career and passionate about establishing herself as an emerging artist in both the South African and international art arena.Selected Exhibitions:
AVA Members Exhibition - group show, Association of Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town
The Schalkenbosch Barn – group show, Schalkenbosch Wine Estate, Tulbagh
Now & Then – group show, Christo Coetzee Museum & Gallery
StateoftheART Gallery Award Finalist Exhibition, StateoftheART Gallery, Cape Town
Sasol New Signatures – group exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
Fact & Friends – group exhibition, Nova Constantia, Cape Town
Indestructible – group exhibition, Trent Gallery, Pretoria
Vuleka – group exhibition, ArtB Gallery, Bellville
Tiny Treasures – group exhibition, ArtB Gallery, Bellville
Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Award - group exhibition, Hermanus
Fish out of water - group exhibition/auction, Everard Read, Cape Town
SASA 2018 Members' 1 - group exhibition, Kirstenbosch, Cape Town
Members Exhibition - group show,Art B Gallery, Bellville2017
Tollman Buchard Finleyson Art Award - group exhibition, Hermanus
The Chicken Challenge - group exhibition/auction, The White River Gallery, Nelspruit2016
The Chicken Challenge - group exhibition/auction, The White River Gallery, Nelspruit
I was one of eight artists commissioned by Sappi to create a piece for this exhibition. Along with Ardmore, Anton Bosch, Ayanda Nkosi, Niki Daly, Karin Daymond, Rogerio de Andrade and Margi Malan.
The Chicken Challenge - group exhibition/auction, The White River Gallery, Nelspruit2013
Talking Strings - CityVarsity, Cape Town.
Commissioned restorer of the original 1970's Liewe Heksie, Blommie Kabouter and Kwaai Baba puppets. The restoration work on these characters took about 4 months to complete before the opening of the exhibition.
Franschhoek Art Expo - group exhibition of 15 artists, Franschhoek Vineyards Building.