Jaco van Schalkwyk

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About Jaco van Schalkwyk


“I want to inspire a sense of nostalgia in those who view my work, I want them to think back to all the good things in their lives and have my paintings resonate with those feelings….”


Jaco van Schalkwyk is a young and very talented South African artist and his works are currently on demand not just in South Africa but in Florida, USA as well. 


He has not just distinguished himself as an artist who brings African wild life and domesticated animals to live on canvas, but also specializes in still life studies and figures.


He finds inspiration in the everyday South African surroundings. He manages to capture the essence and character of Africa by the painting of domesticated animals like Nguni and dairy cattle, goats, farm horses and wildlife. Jaco embraces the feeling of Africa, its character and nature in his work.


In Jaco’s works he portrays his experiences as young boy on his grandfather’s farm near Carolina in Mpumalanga as well as experiences on a dairy farm where he worked after leaving school. He says that many South Africans have good childhood memories and experiences of nature and farm life and that his paintings bring back those treasured memories.


Atmosphere is central to Jaco van Schalkwyk’s paintings. The theatrical play of light and shadow is more important to him than the subject matter. He is strongly influenced by the seventeenth century artists like Vermeer and Rembrandt with the use of dramatic light and dark contrasts. By creating a sense of movement he endeavors to portray the character and mood of the subject matter.


His gentle and kind nature portrays in his paintings. He is soft spoken and his work is done with dedicated precision


He works from the same studio as Mariè Vermeulen-Breedt now for the past six years and is also currently busy with his final year BA Degree studies in Art History at UNISA. In 2008 he did an Artist Residency at the New York Art Students League, Vytlacil Campus and studied different works of Vermeer in New York and Washington.


Jaco came in Top Ten in the ABSA L'Atelier Competition in 2011.


Jaco Van Schalkwyk - Exhibitions



Southeastern Wildlife Expo, Las Vegas, USA

Rooms-on View, Press Lounges, Johannesburg, South Africa

Jannewales-op-Kloof, Afrikaans Cultural Exhibition, Cape Town, SouthAfrica



Nederburg Wine Auction, Paarl, South Africa

Vodacom Durban July (Dual Exhibition), Durban, South Africa

Jannewales-op-Kloof Afrikaans Cultural Festival, Cape Town, South Africa

Make-a-difference Art Auction and Exhibition by invitation of Francois Pienaar, St. Georges Hill Estate, London, United Kingdom

Make-a-difference Art Auction, Sante Wine lands Estate, Franschoek, SouthAfrica



Media 24, KKNK Exhibition, Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Art-on-View, Johannesburg, South Africa

Jannewals-op-Kloof Afrikaans Cultural Festival, Cape Town, South Africa

Iart Gallery-Opening exhibition at IART Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa



Artists residency at the New York Art Students League , Cytlacil Capus