Our artist of the month, Jamy van Zyl now lives in Japan at the heart of the culture that inspires him most.
Jamy van Zyl is a fine artist from South Africa who graduated at UJ last year and now lives in and works from Japan. He draws in ball point pen and, occasionally, in animation and digital illustration. Thematically he explores cybernetic connectivity – in the context of a white, male South African who desires nothing more than to be immersed in Japanese culture.
He graduated from the University of Johannesburg in 2014, distinguishing himself as an exciting young artist pushing the boundaries by depicting a surreal future, in life-like detail. Scenes of a world where technology and humans begin to merge. And was included in the University of Johannesburg 2015 show called Twenty: Art in the Time of Democracy as one of the twenty artists who best demonstrate the depth of talent and commentary of contemporary South African Art.
Coined “cybernetic experiences” the subject matter and feel of Jamy’s works fascinate and galvanise. The detail, skill and obsessive hours spent on them, are unsurpassed and obvious. The strange terrain they explore – via imagery that’s sprung from the mind of the artist – is completely new for the viewer and hints of a world yet to exist. Both unsettling and beautiful – and full of energy.
He was initially inspired by Japanese Manga and this edgy thread remains visible in his works. – Alongside exciting elements of Japanese culture, old, new and on the cusp of being born, that Jamy himself is experiencing in Japan. He also often includes depictions of himself in his works – adding yet another fascinating layer to unpack: the young man/artist living through and developing in tandem with an unfolding digital age and all its possibilities, unknowns and “what ifs”.
The Henry George proudly represents Jamy in South Africa, holds his latest series of works from Japan and has his seminal self-portrait titled: “Rebirth” in its permanent collection.
Find out more at: www.behance.net/jamyvanzyl