KNP Diptych, Oil on canvas, 39" x 86" (39" x 39" & 39" x 47"), £5,900
Mapungubwe - View over Limpopo River, Oil on canvas, 47'' x 47'', £4200
Early Morning - Satara, Oil on canvas, 47'' x 47'', £4200
Soutpansberg VI, Oil on canvas, 47'' x 39'', £3400
KNP - Letaba II, Oil on canvas, 47'' x 39'', £3400
KNP - Letaba, Oil on canvas, 39'' x 39'', £2500
Jaco Roux was born in South Africa in 1962. After completing a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of Pretoria in '84 Roux went on to receive a HED diploma in education. Following these successes Roux was chosen to represent South Africa in the 1996 Neuchatel Arts Exposition in Switzerland. He has since exhibited his paintings in many locations around the world including South Africa, Switzerland, Ireland, UK and Croatia.
Roux's evocative paintings depict the Limpopo Province (in South Africa) which is known for its bushveld and wildlife reserves, including part of Kruger National Park and more recently, Croatian landscapes in which he likes to spend his summers. His use of bold colours and brushstrokes display alluring qualities which convey his passion and respect for the landscapes he portrays. The abstract layering adds an experiential dimension creating an opportunity for the viewer to feel closer to the landscape and the artist's personal connection to the places he paints.
South African Embassies in Bern & Geneve - Switzerland.
Merchant Bank Johannesburg – South Africa.
Lowveld Steel Johannesburg – South Africa.
Croation Embassy – Pretoria – South Africa.
At present Jaco divides his time between farming Subtropical Crops in Louis Trichardt – Republic of South Africa and painting landscapes of the Limpopo Province.
In 2004 Jaco acquired property with his own gallery in Rovinj Croatia were he spends his summer months and exhibits his collections at Galleria Menno since then he has included Croatian Landscapes into his repertoire.
- Christopher Moller Art Gallery, Cape Town, Solo – "My Limpopo" Oct 2013
- Cape Town Art Fair - 2014
- Cape Town Art Fair – 2015
- Christopher Moller Art Galery, Cape Town, Solo – "Satara" 2015
1. Jaco Roux – My Limpopo, 2013
Christopher Moller Art Gallery
2. Art South Africa, Volume 12, Issue 02, December 2013, Ashraf Jamal
3. Jaco Roux, Satara, 2015
Christopher Moller Art Gallery
"I had a farm in Africa ...[where] the views were immensely wide. Everything that you saw made for greatness and freedom, and unequally nobility ... you woke up in the morning and thought: Here I am, where I ought to be". So begins Isak Dinesen's 1937 novel Out of Africa. If I conclude this essay with Dinesen's opening words it is because they tell us something true about the ease that can come after so much human restlessness ... Here I am, where I ought to be.
Jaco Roux is also a farmer of subtropical plants in Limpopo. His world, therefore, is also largely shaped by that very emotion which Dinesen conjures. His paintings, fixed upon a distant horizon, a great sky, and a rich scrubland between, is one which, I imagine, he has moved through in his dreams, stumbled upon daily in his walks, caught askance, lingered upon, supped and drunk through the infinite portals of his lone being.
Always, however, it is the greater view beyond that has compelled him, a view, caught at a distance, which curiously, he has chosen to subtract in the paintings' foreground.
Recalling J.M. Coetzee's description of the picturesque, in Roux's paintings we find no 'dark coulisse on one side shadowing the foreground', no desire to position the viewer at the fore or middle ground, the better to ensure that perfect fusion of the viewer and the world perceived. And so, in splitting the view, resisting the moment so typical in the picturesque neoclassical tradition of allowing the one who sees a fullness of vision that could make them whole, Roux has chosen to withdraw both himself and the viewer from a full immersion in the world he sees. If this is so, I'd venture to say that it is because, being no Romantic, possessing no sense of wholly belongings to or possessing the world he sees, Roux seeks to remind us of our provisional place on this earth.
He is no master of all surveys, no latter-day colonial adventurer in search of some misbegotten mirror of himself, but a creature at one with his partial sense of self - caught at some remove. If Roux might say, after Dinesen, 'here I am, 'where I ought to be', this is not a matter of fate or destiny but a momentary contract. The artist's paintings confide this humility."