How Do You Live Like That?’ she asked, and quick as a flash she answered ‘How Do You NOT?’

Selected Exhibitions

Delft Mural Project

Community collaboration and public art on low-cost housing - more than 150 walls.

What Art Is For

Curated Group show April 2017 at 196 Victoria
If you missed it, find the link to a short video tour here

Reality Check

Solo exhibition of paintings, assemblage and objects found in nature, installed as a journey from representation to abstraction. Association for Visual Arts June-July 2016.

Humanearth Exhibitions

Warren Siebrits Cape Town, Stellenbosch, University of the North-West Potchefstroom

Half Light

Solo Exhibtion, Alliance Francaise, Cape Town, 2010

Projects and Exhibitions

Everything is Skybluepink Popup Place 2019
Open Streets Mitchell’s Plain ‘Water Spirit’ 2019
Open Streets Woodstock ‘Rainsong’ 2018
GNAP Turkey 2017
GNAP Bulgaria 2017
GNAP South Africa 2016
Wongol Nature Art residency South Korea 2015
Boer War Surveillance Cameras as part of Karoo Geoglyph, Matjiesfontein 2015
Invisible Ones exhibition with Zbys Kaczmarek, Alliance Francaise 2015
The House That Came Back (Ghost House) District 6 Museum 2014
Whispers of the Sea, Pan African Market Gallery and Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town 2014
Land Art residency, Porcupine Hills, Western Cape 2014
Founded Western Cape Land Art Group 2014
Bodymap Mural Moya We Khaya, Cape Town 2014
Hope Floats at SIDES Site Specific Plettenberg Bay 2013
(Eco)nversations 2013 CCDI Cape Town
Stretch Drawing at Greatmore Showcase 2013
7-Headed Coat, Till It breaks Greatmore Event Space 2013
‘What’s For Dinner’ Cheng Long Wetland Park, Taiwan, 2012
Drawing Together National Arts Festival 2012
Cycle of Life at Chenglong Residency Taiwan 2012
Explosion and Domestic Disturbance Conradie Hospital Cape Town 2012
Humanearth series 2011-12 Stellenbosch,Cape Town and Potchefstroom
Spring, Art in the Forest Hout Bay 2011
Cut Books Observatory Art Walk 2011
Winter, Irma Stern Museum 2011
Recycling Monster,Moving Planet street parade, Cape Town,2011
The ‘Stof’ That dreams Are Made Of Afrika Burn, 2011
Enviro Fortune Card readings Wessel Snyman Gallery 2011

Co-facilitated Women’s Empowerment project ‘Aware/Oware’ for Freedom to Create at Greatmore Studios, 2011
Thupelo Found Objects Workshop, Greatmore Studios, 2010
Tankwa Hands, Afrika Burn 2010
Half Light Alliance Francaise 2010
Great Walk and More, 2010
Suzani to Shweshwe Artvark, Cape Town 2010
Co-facilitated Biodiversity workshop, Kirstenbosch Gardens, 2008
Ngong Forest Workshop Nairobi, Kenya, 2007
Provoke, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, 2008Friends of Greatmore retrospective 2010As Luck Would Have It 2007 GCG Gallery
Behind the Sky, Gerard Cloete Gallery 2006
Abundance 2005, 38 Special
Wings Hout Bay Library, 2003
Breaking In/ Breaking Out 2002, Greatmore Studios
My Life Durban Art Gallery 2003
Izikhwepha Zethu III (Our Strength) Durban 2002
Amalgamation National Library 2000
Emerging, Greatmore Studios, 2001
Soft Serve national Gallery 2000
Taking Space St Ives 1994,
Tapong National gallery of Botswana 2001 African Dreams Porthgwiddon (St Ives)1994

Represented in Cape Town by
Works in private collections, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, UK, USA
Public collections University of Cape Town, Botswana National Gallery.

Janet Ranson lives and works in the Overberg, South Africa.

I am a painter and nature artist, having found my inspiration always comes from my surroundings. Since Lockdown I have been living on a farm near Botrivier, spending more and more time in the open. I miss having contact with fellow artists and art lovers and like most of us I have had to re-think what I do and why…

I am learning to ask questions of the land, the hills, streams, rocks and residents. I watch their interactions daily, and try to see my new world through the eyes of fragrant flowering trees, shining birds and crazy monkey beetles. I garden, make compost, forage and hack aliens. This seems to be a good idea, as the stream in from of my place now runs happily free, unclogged by alian Port Jacksons.

Apart from hacking and digging veggie beds, I tried to think of artworks that might appeal to my new friends, the False Olive trees, and then realised that I needed their help much more than they need mine. So my daily drawings took a turn…