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Jonel has won numerous awards

  • “Women for Peace"

  • Christie's of London’s art contest 


  • Clarens, Cape Town, Swellendam, Hartebeespoort Dam, Lichtenberg

  • Agora Gallery, New York;

  • Art Fusion Gallery,Miami, Castello Estense, Ferrara Italy,

  • International Expo NY, 2010

  • United Nations (part of International Women's Day)

  • , Nice, Naples, Amseterdam & Morocco

  • Tamarin Art Centre, Mauritius 21 Feb - 21 Mrt 2018

  • SA Portrait Society, Living Artists Portrait Competition

  • Didus Art Gallery, Mauritius Ongoing

  • Kunstehuijs, Swellendam - ongoing

  • Art Times Magazine, May 2017Alice Art Gallery, Ruimsig 3-4 June 2017

  • Showroom Art Gallery, Pretoria 7-14 Sept 2017

  • Showroom Art Gallery, Pretoria 11 Nov-26 Des 2017

  • Chelsea Flower Show, Johannesburg 6-7 Aug 2016

  • Alice Art Gallery, Ruimsig 23-24 July 2016

  • Didus Art Gallery, Mauritius June 2016

  • Alice Art Gallery, Ruimsig 4-5 June 2016

  • Showroom Art Gallery Exhibition, 4-13 Sept 2016

  • Alice Art Gallery Exhibition, Ruimsig 24-25 Sept 2016

  • ART3F in Nice, Moteoliveto Gallery, October 2015

  • Monaco Art Fair, July 2015

  • AAF Amsterdam, Oct 29-Nov 1 2015

  • XMAS Event in Paris, December 2015

  • Wildlands Conservation Trust Rhino Auction, 17 October 2014

  • Alice Art Gallery, 26-28 September 2014

  • Decorex JHB Gallagher Convention Centre, 6-10 August 2014

  • Alice Art Ruimsig, 6-7 July 2013

  • Stellenbosch Woordfees, 1 - 10 March 2013

  • Elements of Expression, Sept 2-3 New York

  • Alice Art Gallery Ruimsig Exhibiting with Stan Polson, 8-9 December 2013

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Jonel Scholtz obtained a Baccalaureus Scientiae degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, in 1994.

" I think if I had to live without art, it would be dangerous. I realise not everybody would understand this. I do not set out to make art every day, that would be idiotic. I just set out to be happy."

Jonel started painting in 1988, while in high school, with Louise Goudemond, an American born artist, specializing in figurative and oil portraits.

In 2018 she completed her artist residency at Tamarin Art Centre, Mauritius

Her work is simple and emotional. Intense emotions derived from a happening or even a scene, will be a muse. Every time she sits in front of her canvas she feels the need to create a painting that conveys her emotions with the same intensity she experiences them: pure and true. No pretense can survive on a canvas.


Her interior paintings create domestic scenes in hues conveying intensely subjective and evocative interior spaces. The frames she includes in her paintings – mostly doorways and windows – call attention to rites of passage and socialization and the gendered organization of space.

While clearly figurative, her paintings’ expressive qualities evoke the safety and comfort of the ideal home in our collective imagination.

Her figurative works are more about interpreting an emotion than it is to convey an image. Her nudes express the fragility of the female form. This comes from a struggle she has had with her body for years. As a teenager she had anorexia and an unbalanced image of what the world expects from her. She explains: “ I still have this unhealthy relationship with food and my body, but as I matured, I have learned to express these feelings in my paintings with a shift in focus to the sexuality and beautiful form of the female body.”


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