Janet Botes

Janet Botes

South Africa | 17 artworks for sale

  • granger bay myoli beach photograph janet botes
    Granger Bay Myoli Beach
    Digital Collage / 130 x 70 cm
  • gamka - namib roadside moment ed.1/5 photograph janet botes
    Gamka - Namib Roadside Moment ed.1/5
    Digital Collage / 180 x 70 cm
  • gamka - ceder karoo ed.1/5 photograph janet botes
    Gamka - Ceder Karoo ed.1/5
    Digital Collage / 84 x 98 cm
  • riemvas/brandvlei ed.1/5 photograph janet botes
    Riemvas/Brandvlei Ed.1/5
    Digital Collage / 90 x 40 cm
  • mountain's breath  ed.1/5 limited edition print janet botes
    Mountain's Breath Ed.1/5
    Digital Collage / 140 x 50 cm
  • land's energy  ed.1/7 limited edition print janet botes
    Land's Energy Ed.1/7
    Digital Collage / 75 x 97 cm
  • remembering nature  ed.1/5 limited edition print janet botes
    Remembering Nature Ed.1/5
    Digital Collage / 190 x 65 cm
  • contemplating a stone drawing janet botes
    Contemplating A Stone
    Drawing / 42 x 59 cm
  • after the rain  ed.1/5 limited edition print janet botes
    After The Rain Ed.1/5
    Digital Collage / 80 x 80 cm
  • entangled with the garden route  ed.1/5 limited edition print janet botes
    Entangled With The Garden Route Ed.1/5
    Digital Collage / 100 x 55 cm
  • ceder-langeberg   ed. 1/5 limited edition print janet botes
    Ceder-Langeberg Ed. 1/5
    Digital Collage / 120 x 90 cm
  • sunset breath of fire  ed. 1/5 photograph janet botes
    Sunset Breath Of Fire Ed. 1/5
    Digital Photomontage / 88 x 110 cm
  • expansion painting janet botes
    Painting / 53 x 41 cm
  • breathe into the landscape painting janet botes
    Breathe Into The Landscape
    Painting / 54 x 42 cm
  • my mountains ed. 2/5 limited edition print janet botes
    My Mountains Ed. 2/5
    Fine Art Editions / 120 x 25 cm
  • nuances: silvermine table mountain limited edition print janet botes
    Nuances: Silvermine Table Mountain
    Extra Large Limited Edition Print / 180 x 76 cm
  • nuances: a nuance of the mountain limited edition print janet botes
    Nuances: A Nuance Of The Mountain
    Limited Edition Print / 104 x 80 cm
  • my mountains ii painting janet botes
    My Mountains Ii
    Painting / 79 x 22 cm
  • the flow of the land painting janet botes
    The Flow Of The Land
    Painting / 84 x 84 cm
  • nuances: upington rain prayer limited edition print janet botes
    Nuances: Upington Rain Prayer
    Limited Edition Print / 104 x 80 cm
  • nuances: stellenberg helderberg limited edition print janet botes
    Nuances: Stellenberg Helderberg
    Limited Edition Print / 130 x 60 cm
  • nuances: forces of the soil limited edition print janet botes
    Nuances: Forces Of The Soil
    Limited Edition Print / 150 x 100 cm
  • in elke oomblik is waarheid mixed media janet botes
    In Elke Oomblik Is Waarheid
    Mixed Media / 57 x 45 cm
  • transformed landscape/innerscape mixed media janet botes
    Transformed Landscape/Innerscape
    Mixed Media / 65 x 65 cm
  • nuances: look far ahead limited edition print janet botes
    Nuances: Look Far Ahead
    New media / 62 x 80 cm
  • cape flora ii painting janet botes
    Cape Flora II
    Painting / 18 x 18 cm
  • cape flora i painting janet botes
    Cape Flora I
    Painting / 18 x 18 cm
  • nuances: landscaping of the ancients limited edition print janet botes
    Nuances: Landscaping Of The Ancients
    Limited Edition Print / 150 x 29 cm
  • nuances:  in every drop of water lies the history of the world limited edition print janet botes
    Nuances: In Every Drop Of Water Lies The History Of The World
    New media / 55 x 80 cm
  • nuances: swellendam marloth limited edition print janet botes
    Nuances: Swellendam Marloth
    Digital collage / 65 x 65 cm
  • nuances: plains for view limited edition print janet botes
    Nuances: Plains For View
    Digital collage / 70 x 64 cm
  • nuances: fly home limited edition print janet botes
    Nuances: Fly Home
    New media / 80 x 85 cm
  • nuances: nuanced land limited edition print janet botes
    Nuances: Nuanced Land
    Digital collage / 65 x 65 cm
  • nuances: koekenaap limited edition print janet botes
    Nuances: Koekenaap
    Digital collage / 70 x 60 cm
  • home of the protea drawing janet botes
    Home Of The Protea
    Drawing / 42 x 30 cm
  • soul contents drawing janet botes
    Soul Contents
    Drawing / 29 x 42 cm
  • of beast and bee drawing janet botes
    Of Beast And Bee
    Drawing / 30 x 40 cm
  • wildness contained drawing janet botes
    Wildness Contained
    Drawing / 29 x 42 cm
  • cascade mixed media janet botes
    Mixed Media / 66 x 90 cm
  • cape flora iii painting janet botes
    Cape Flora III
    Painting / 18 x 18 cm
  • odonata drawing janet botes
    Ink drawing / 29 x 40 cm
  • avian drawing janet botes
    Drawing / 42 x 30 cm
  • nuances: hantam hartland limited edition print janet botes
    Nuances: Hantam Hartland
    Digital Art / 120 x 63 cm

Attaining a BTech in Graphic Design from the Vaal University of Technology (cum laude) in 2006, I have been able to merge design, photography and fine art techniques in my work in pursuit of an individual or unique style. I have facilitated and attended several workshops as part of my work. Some of the workshops attended include an introductory workshop in Art Therapy, a concept development workshop by Kai Lossgott, and a Professional Arts Practice workshop presented by Art Source and Art Space Gallery. Since 2013 I have been involved with Site_Specific Land Art Events, and participated as an invited artist in the 2013 International Land Art Biennale in Plettenberg Bay. I also created an artwork for one of the bus stations for Cape Town City's MyCiti BRT service in the same year; and in 2012 curated and organized the (eco)nversations Green Art exhibition as part of the the Green Expo, held at the CTICC. 


I get wildly inspired by walks in nature, deep discussions with friends and work by other artists. Some of the artists whose work inspire me most are Strijdom van der Merwe, Willem Boshoff, Lien Botha, Berni Searle, Ian Marley, Marina Abramovic, Roni Horn, Di Smith, Stefanie Schoeman and Walter Battiss. My debut solo exhibition "Wild & Still: expressions of the landscape" will show from 5-30 June 2014 at the www.StateoftheART.co.za gallery space in Cape Town. An introduction by Strijdom van der Merwe and a performance art piece that offers more insight into the work exhibited, will open the exhibition on 5 June from 6pm.


Selected Group Exhibitions:


2013 | Pieces & Puzzles: Compositions of human expression inspired by nature, curated by Stefanie Schoeman. Lovell Gallery, 139 Albert Road, Woodstock.

2013 | Encounters Annual Wildlife exhibition at the Cape Gallery, Cape Town.

2013 | Hiernamaals | Hereafter at Slee Gallery, Stellenbosch, during Woordfees 2013.

2012 | Walk This Earth Alone at Gallery @ Grande Provence, Franschhoek.

2012 | HumanEarth III: First Material group exhibition, US Gallery, Stellenbosch.

2011 | Scrapes & Scapes. Bodutu Gallery, Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark.

2010 | Dare to Dream in silent moments at Wessel Snyman Creative, Cape Town.

2009 | Sangisa Sangisa Group Exhibition & performance art VANSA Spin Space, Cape Town.

2008 | Unified: Unpretty, Unclean, Underneath, Unnatural Eat Your Words Artspace, Vereeniging.

2008 | Between the lines at Gallery at Duncan Yard, Hatfield, Pretoria. 

What is your favourite film of all time?
The Crow – the original 1994 one with Brandon Lee.
What music are you currently listening to and why?
Depending on my mood, I listen to Depeche Mode or South African rock bands like Knave, Straw, Wickhead and Namuh.  I have loved Depeche Mode's music since my art teacher in high school played it in class while we were drawing, and I support local music in the same way that I would like people to support local visual artists.
Which living artists do you most admire and why?
Strijdom van der Merwe and Andy Goldworthy for their Land Art, in which they work extensively in landscapes and use natural materials to create transient work. I also admire Berni Searle, Lien Botha, Christiaan Diedericks, Willem Boshoff and Wim Botha all for the visual intricacies in their work as well as their interaction and apt interpretation of their mediums and concepts, whether it be performative (Searle), photographic (Lien Botha), drawing-based (Diedericks), language-focused (Boshoff) or responding to religious practices (Wim Botha).

Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
While my favourite living artists are all local, my favourite deceased artists are internationl, including Mark Rothko for his experimentations with colour, Toulouse-Lautrec for the way he expressed and interpreted his subject matter, Degas for his masterly use of pastels, and Joseph Buyes for his ground-breaking avant garde work which relied on interaction and public participation.

Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
When I was 16 we visited the Millenium Gallery in Pretoria as a school trip, where I first saw the work of Christiaan Diedericks, a series of portraits that integrated the thoughts of the person as typography or text above the head of the person – it could have been self portraits, and I can't remember the title of the exhibition, but I think that was one of the moments in my life that I really KNEW that I wanted to be an established artist when I grow up.

What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?
I am often asked what medium I use and prefer, and because I work in a variety of media and techniques, it usually sparks a long conversation or monologue about mixed media, photography, Land Art, collage, drawing and the advantages of mixing your mediums.

What/ who inspired you to be an artist?
I was lucky to have great art teachers at school, Lientjie Barnard and Thea Luus, who made Art History interesting and inspiring. They exposed me to the work of European, American as well as South African artists that inspired me and fed my passion for art that started to form while in primary school. I remember going to art classes at Alteljee Cecil in Vanderbijlpark when I was about 11 years old. I also remember going to dance classes at about 7 years old, really loving it, and being very disappointed when the dance teacher moved to another town.

Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any, the significance of this location is
I love working in the landscape, whether I'm drawing/painting my immediate surroundings or  working with the actual materials and objects in the landscape. There is a sense of closeness, reality and also peace when working in nature. That closeness to the creation, and involvement in the process also extends to my work in the studio, as I love applying paint with my fingers and getting as close as possible to the artwork. This is also a motivation for some of my current work where my body and the act of creation becomes part of the work.

What do you like most about being an artist?
The freedom to follow your urges, to experiment and to explore, while not being confined by limitations set by others.

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
It might not seem like such a big achievement, but my migration from a graphic designer doing the bidding of clients towards a full time artist who creates and expresses and follows my whims and passion is the biggest and best thing that I have achieved up to now.

What are your plans for the coming year?
I would like to have my first solo exhibition, but have it in three parts, in three different places – Vanderbijlpark, Cape Town, and Pretoria or Upington. This of course means traveling, and while on residency in an area I would do some interactive work as well as create new artworks. I'm also planning to do more art in the landscape around the Cape Peninsula, and link in my art into meaningful collaborations with organizations and groups that raise awareness for environmental concerns.