Lynette van Tonder

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 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. " LvT 2018


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Say Africa

Say Africa

Laurel Holmes, Ingrid Uys, Andrew Hamlet, Sue Martin, Mariana Zwaan, Karin Daymond, Walter Voigt, Erica Schoeman, Eric Eatwell, James De Villiers, Lynette van Tonder, Rene Eloff, Gerrie van Tonder, Winston Thekiso, Wendy Sippel, Noeleen Kleve , Marina Louw, Michael Heyns, Anton Smit, Tony Fredriksson, Willem Pretorius, Anna Kirsten, Gwen Miller, Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe, Lebohang Sithole, Braam van Wijk, Sizwe Khoza, Linda Pretorius, Pat Sithole, Nelsa Guambe, Jonathan Kassel, Elise Buitendag, Bongi Bengu, Odette Saayman, Annelie Odendaal, Daryl Nero, Valinda Lombard, Maria Pienaar, Cobus van Bosch, Maria Marais, Coleen Williams, Henriette van Staden, Ewald Esselen, Pete Armstrong, Khulekani Msweli, Phindile Mamba, Thabo Lukhele, M.J. Hill, Jackie Noakes, Ianthe Hudson, Anya Heymans, Lucy Doran, Valinda Lombard, Thelmi, Siphiwe Fokazi, Belinde Fourie, Belinde Fourie, Ian Hertslet, Ian Hertslet, Mimi van der Merwe, Zakkie Eloff, Jennifer Snyman
White River Gallery
30 Nov 2019 - 19 Jan 2020

"I may be walking in the streets of a city called London, but the dust on my boots, and rhythm of my feet ...