Lynette van Tonder is a full time visual artist based in Johannesburg, Although born in Pretoria, Lynette grew up in the countryside just outside Johannesburg. She graduated with a Diploma in Graphic Design from the Pretoria Technikon (TUT) with a minor in sculpture. A further marketing qualification was later added through the Damelin Business College.
Her initial career was grounded in Design and Advertising, working her way to a position of Creative Director, and winning several awards for large local and international blue chip brands. In her spare time, van Tonder studied French at the Alliance Francaise, keyboard and rhythm on djembe and actively pursued her visual art during any spare moment. She furthered her artistic studies at the Summer Academy of Art in Salzburg, Austria, (lithography with Prof Werner Otte); Bill Ainslie Studio (etching); Thea Soggot (drawing / painting); Sharon Sampson Studio (printmaking). BTech in Fine Arts `– Cum Laude – (University of Johannesburg)
Her visual art career was launched in 2012 with her first solo, Covered. Lynette has had 3 solo exhibitions and participated in various curated group shows at: Riebeek Kasteel Gallery, Halifax Art Parkhurst, Karinus Annex Grahamstown, Tina Skukan Gallery Pretoria, Fried Contemporary, Stuart Trent, Gerard Sekoto Gallery at the Alliance Française Parktown, White River Gallery, Sharon Sampson Studio, Henry George Gallery, Millennium Contemporary, FADA Gallery, GIBS – FAP, Thami Mnyele and TUT Alumni, and Joburg Fringe.
Lynette obtained a BTECH Fine Art Degree (Cum Laude) through the University of Johannesburg in 2016.
"Relationships, the quest for identity and lasting value in a broken world, inform my subject matter. Our routine journeys weave inter-connected spatial trajectories influenced by infrastructure, architecture, socio-political structures, habits and relationships. As a result, the choices we make furnish the world with cartographical projections visible in a shimmering dust cloud, a memory, a geographical map or a legacy. Mapping and expressive mark-making is integral to my art practice. Figurative or abstract impressions of my subject matter are overlaid on collected fragments in many materials and media. My practice is interrogative and meditative, repetitive yet unpredictable, achieved by recurring constructing and deconstructing. Chance and experimentation create unexpected beauty in apparent chaos. My aim is to inspire hope and demonstrate how beauty may well come from ashes." - Lynette van Tonder 2018