Work captures eye

2018-07-25 06:00
Faizel Jonkers, painting his work “Peace”.

Faizel Jonkers, painting his work “Peace”.

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This year’s Vrystaat Arts Festival, held from 8 to 14 July in Bloemfontein, attrac­ted artists from far and wide.

Fitting with the theme “Migration”, artists migrated to the city to showcase their creativity. The weeklong event provided artists a perfect platform to showcase their talent and using art to send a message.

One of the artists whose work captured the public eye due to uniqueness was Faizel Jonkers (22) from Kimberley.

He is a third-year graphic design student at the Central University of Techno­logy (CUT), Free State campus in Bloemfontein.

Jonkers took part in the Public Art Project (PAP), an initiative staged from 9 to 13 July at Hoffman Square.

It was aimed at transforming Bloemfontein’s inner-city with creative performances, interventions, temporary sculptures and visuals art among others.

Jonkers said his interest in art developed at the tender age of six. He had an interest to pursue hospitality but said creativity influenced his life more and led him to study graphic design.

“I am able to express myself thoroughly by depic­ting my emotions, thoughts and memories. It is easier for me to communicate with people through visual art,” said Jonkers.

He depicts most of his artworks using pencil and oil on canvas, and also digitally.

He prefers using attractive colours which are expressive.

But Jonkers’ creativity is not limited to painting.

He also makes jewellery pieces like bracelets and necklaces from different material. This is part of his study.

“I have painted an artwork within 30 minutes and I call it ‘Peace’ because the colours I have used are expressive and I feel like this painting brings an appetite to the viewers to see more of my work.

“The inspiration behind this painting was the season that was presented to me,” explained Jonkers.

He looks up to the artist of all time, Spanish Pablo Picasso. He said Picasso’s painting styles influences him in terms of depicting subjects in a detailed manner to arouse the viewer’s attention.

Jonkers had some of his work exhibited on the CUT campus. His dream is to have his work exhibited in art galleries like the Oliewenhuis Art Mu­seum in Bloemfontein and even abroad.

After graduating, he plans on opening a business focusing specifically on art.

Jonkers has encouraged people who are sitting at home uninspired but want to pursue art or anything they want, by saying: “They should start practicing, have faith, patience and believe that they can make it.

“There will be critique from others, but you learn as you go.”
– Masego Morakile


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