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Jimmy Law The Man; The Artist; The Dreamer

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JIMMY LAW

I was born in Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State on 26 September 1970. I matriculated in 1989.
In 1990 I enrolled to study a three year Graphic Design Diploma course at the Technicon of the Orange Free State.

JimmyLaw_bioAfter my studies I was conscripted for National Service in the South African National Defence Force for one year. After being discharged from National Service I moved to Cape Town and found work at a printing company in Woodstock. This was my first job. I tried my hand at several endeavours, ranging from clothing design and manufacture to surfboards, but non of them were really successful.

Staying in Cape Town, I found work as a freelance illustrator and did a lot of work in the comic book industry. All along I was painting in my spare time. In 2008 I decided to focus entirely on my painting.
The first year was extremely tough, I made no money. I also took up airbrushing and started spraying motorcycles of which mostly Harley-Davidsons. At least some money was coming in and I was surviving.

At this time, I was painting in a photo realistic style and paintings took forever to complete.
In December 2010 I radically changed the approach to my painting style by using only large brushes which initiated some remarkable changes and effectively started my career as a serious, full time artist.

I focus on creating energetic and expressive portraits and nudes on a fairly large format in oils and acrylics.
Many of my works now adorn the homes and offices of clients around the world.

  • 2016 Chefs who share Auction, “Rescue Me” sold for record price of R245 000.00.
  • 2016 Art Angels Auction, Camps Bay, Cape Town.  “Bittersweet” sold for R170.000.00.
  • 2016 Commissioned By Telecoms Giant. T-Systems to produce a portrait of Olympic athlete Wayde Van Niekerk.  Subsequent piece is auctioned off at new record price of R265 000.00.
  • 2016 Prominent Artist used for the Bolton Market Shopping Mall Project.  Manchester United Kingdom.
  • 2016 Turbine Art Fair, represented by DF Contemporary.
  • 2016 Stroke Art Fair in Munich, represented by 34 Fine Art.
  • 2016 Fine Arts Festival, Benguela Cove, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • 2016 Group Exhibit, Range of Arts.  Villa Domuse, Honfleur, France.
  • 2016 Remain(s) – Group skull Exhibit, DF Contemporary, Cape Town.
  • 2016 Urban Art Fair, Paris, France.  Represented by 34 Fine Art.
  • 2015 Art Angels Auction, “A Heart’s Journey” SOLD for record price of R120 000.00
  • 2015 Chefs who Share Auction, “Emily’s Wish” SOLD for record price of R110 000.00
  • 2015 Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, represented by Diedericks Faber, Sold out.
  • 2015 “Consume” solo exhibition, Lizamore and Associates, Johannesburg South Africa.
  • 2014 Group Exhibit, Equus Gallery Cavalli Estate.
  • 2014 Group Exhibit, Diedericks/Faber, Johannesburg.
  • 2014 Reckord Price recieved for the piece “Maria’s heart” at Art Angels Auction.
  • 2014 “GAZE” solo exhibit, RED Gallery, Cape Town. (SOLD OUT)
  • 2014 “GAZE” Solo Exhibition, RED gallery Cape Town.
  • 2014 Participating Artist, Art Angels Auction, Ellerman House, Camps Bay, Cape Town.
  • 2014 Group Exhibition, Diedericks-Faber, Cape Town.
  • 2014 Kaleidoscope Group Exhibition, Kalk Bay, Cape Town.
  • 2013 Group Exhibition “Summer Gala”, Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Stellenbosch.
  • 2013 “Inconvenient Truths” Solo Exhibition, Art on Leviseur, Bloemfontein.
  • 2013 Participating artist Art Angels Charity Auction, Ellerman House, Cape Town.
  • 2012 Participating artist, Art Angels Auction, Ellerman House, Camps Bay, Cape Town.
  • 2012 Two man Exhibition, Lovell Gallery, Woodstock.
  • 2012 “Inside” Solo Exhibition, Rust en Vrede Gallery, Durbanville.
  • 2011 “Riders” Two man collaboration, Everard Read Cape Town.
  • 2011 “Fresh” Group Exhibit, Everard Read Cape Town.
  • 2004 Group Exhibit, Bang Gallery Johannesburg.
  • 2004 Group Exhibit with Igubu Collective, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch.
  • 2004 Group Exhibit with Strika Entertainment Chelsea House, Somerset West.
  • 2003 “Venge” Solo Exhibit, Bell-Roberts, Cape Town.

Publications:

  • 2016 Featured Artist in Arte Al Limite, Spanish Art Magazine Publication.
  • 2015 Feature Artist in ” The South African Artist” magazine issue #20.
  • Cover of “Good Taste Magazine” December/ January 2014.
  • Articles on my work has been published in local newspapers such as “The District Mail”
    “Venge”, self published graphic novel.
  • Several publications regarding my comic art have been made online.
  • I was featured on e-tv and in several radio interviews on “Artscape Radio” and “Bush Radio”, Cape Town.
  • Marie Claire Magazine.
  • “Garage” Magazine, December 2011.
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