1939 - 1993
paintings, graphics, writings
Wopko Jensma in 1973
Wopko Pieter JENSMA was born 26th July, 1939, Ventersdorp in the Transvaal.
Matriculated at Middelburg Hoërskool, enrolled for study at the Universities of Pretoria in 1960 (BA Fine Arts (1964, incomplete) and attended University of Potchefstroom (1965-1967); translator for APB Publishers, Johannesburg (1965-1967); 1967 taught at a school in Serowe, Botswana, later became Head of Graphics Section of Department of Information, Gaborone.
Wrote poetry in English and Afrikaans; published anthology "Sing for our execution" in 1973
Taught art at the Open School, Johannesburg, during the 1980s
Disappeared without trace after August, 1993
This website is dedicated to Wopko Jensma's graphics and paintings - his achievements in literature are well documented elsewhere!
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Selected Solo Exhibitions
Lidchi Gallery, Johannesburg - 24th February, 1969
SA Association of Arts, Pretoria - 16th March, 1970 (graphics) (opened by Prof. Ridley Beeton)
Gallery 101, Johannesburg - 26th April, 1971 (woodcuts)
Wopko JENSMA cover of invitation card from Gallery 101 Johannesburg from 26th April, 1971
SA Association of Arts, Pretoria (Upper Gallery) - 24th April to 5th May, 1974 (jointly with Casper Schmidt)
SA Association of Arts - Southern Transvaal Branch - Carlton Centre, Johannesburg - 24th September, 1973 (graphics jointly with Harald P.H. Michel)
Gallerie Metroplex, Johannesburg - 4th July to 4th August, 1996 (from a private collection)
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Included in Selected Group Exhibitions
Lidchi Gallery, Johannesburg (paintings and graphics) (November, 1968) (first showing in the Transvaal) (cat 31 - 40: painting, monotypes, woodcut)
Gallery 101, Hyde Park, Johannesburg - 29th August, 1970 (Group Show)
UNISA, Pretoria (Silkscreen Exhibition UNISA), 1970 (cat. 34)
Durban Art Gallery, Durban (Art South Africa) 1971
SA National Gallery, Cape Town ("SA Printmakers"), 1979 (monotype)
Selected original Graphics
Bird man - Male and Female - African Presence
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Wopko Jensma "Nuts", 1976 mixed media (oil/sand/nuts) on board - 62.5x50cm - Coll. William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley, acq. Sept. 2010/4267 (left)
Wopko Jensma "Firebirds", 1977 - oil on canvas - 88x96cm (middle)
Wopko Jensma "Abstract composition", 1976 - mixed media painting - 36x29cm (right)
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Selected Bibliography and Press covering
ARTLOOK 26, Johannesburg, 1969 (January), p. 15, ill.
ARTLOOK 39, Johannesburg, 1970 (February), pp. 16/17, ill.
"The South African Art Market 1971/72" (Art Institute South Africa) (1972) (Berman), pp. 66, 80
"The future of craft in Botswana" (De Arte 12) (UNISA) 1972 (October), pp. 28-32; article by Wopko Jensma, ill.
SA Association of Arts, Pretoria - "Arts Calendar" April 1973 (with CV in Wopko's words)
"South African Graphic Art and its Techniques" (Human & Rousseau) (1974) (F.L. Alexander), p. 68, ill.
"Three Centuries of South African Art" (AD. Donker) (1982) (Fransen), p. 356
"Art & Artists of South Africa" (Balkema) (1983) (Berman), pp. 191, 197, 522
„The Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors including Namibia“ (Ogilvie / Graff) (Everard Read), 1988 – ISBN 0 620 12663 9 – listed on pp. 316/317
"Art from South Africa" (Museum of Modern Art, Oxford) (1990) - ISBN 0 905836 71 5 - pp. 49, 58 (ill.)
"Printmaking in a transforming South Africa" (David Philip Publ.) (1997) (Hobbs/Rankin), p. 131
Selected Public Collections
SA National Gallery, Cape Town (1 woodcut, 1 monotype)
Durban Art Gallery, Durban (2 woodcuts)
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Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria (1 silkscreen)
William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley (1 painting, 2 woodcuts, 1 silkscreen)
Wits Art Museum, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (1 monoprint, 2 silkscreens, 1 etching)
Selected Corporate Collections
Works sold on selected auctions
Sotheby's/Welz, Johannesburg - 12th May, 2003 - Lot 405
Sotheby's/Welz, Johannesburg - 21st October, 2003 - Lot 757
Bernardi Auctioneers, Pretoria - August, 2005 - Lot 85
Bernardi Auctioneers, Pretoria - October, 2005
Sotheby's /Welz, Johannesburg - 31st July, 2006 - Lot 301
Wopko Jensma "Die swaart gevaar", 1971 - watercolour - 37.5x54cm
Sotheby's/Welz, Johannesburg - 16th April, 2007 - Lot 392
Sotheby's / Welz, Johannesburg - 30th July, 2007 - Lots 209, 210
Sotheby's / Welz, Johannesburg - 20th November, 2007 - Lot 475
Bernardi Auctioneers, Pretoria - 3rd November, 2008 - Lot 470
Wopko Jensma "Face & forms", 1975 - colour woodcut - ed. 75 - 64x41.5cm
Bernardi Auctioneers, Pretoria - 20th July, 2009 - Lot 709
Strauss Fine Arts, Johannesburg - 7th September, 2009 - Lots 58, 59
Bernardi Auctioneers, Pretoria - 9th November, 2009 - Lot 633
Westgate Auctioneers, Johannesburg - 26th January, 2010 - Lot 238
Personal Papers in our archives
Letter dated 14th May, 1980 sent from Johannesburg
Part of letter dated 12th February, 1976, sent from Durban
Selected Web and other references about Wopko Jensma
Time to Talk: Literary Magazines in the Pretoria/Johannesburg Region 1956 to 1978 (Michael Gardiner)
"Revolution in a shopping mall" (Weekly Mail & Guardian), 19th July, 1996
Essay on Wopko Jensma in "Tydskrif vir Letterkunde", Pretoria (47.(1)2010) (Leti Kleyn / Johann Lodewyk Marais) - 24 pp., illustrated!
"Struggle-poësie: Wopko Jensma" (Helga Buys) - in Afrikaans
SAHO, Johannesburg - brief review
"Looking for Wopko Jensma" by Michael Gardiner, ZA@Play Poetry, Johannesburg - 13th March, 2000
"An encounter with Wopko Jensma" - Kaganof's Kagablog - 12th October, 2007
"'n Nuwe soort Mens" by Danie Marais, Volksblad Nuus, Bloemfontein, 10th December, 2010, ill.
"Tidbits from the web" (PDF)
"Wopko Jensma and the .. censors" - Kaganof's Kagablog - 12th June, 2011, ill.
"What happened to Wopko Jensma" - AOP Johannesburg 2013
"Possessing tools/professing artistry" exhibition held at Gallery AOP, Johannesburg - April/May 2013 (cat.©) (PDF) - ISBN 978-0-620-56352-9
"Wopko Jensma and the Halcyon Days of 1972" - July, 2015 - Warren Siebrits & The Art of Collecting newsletter
"Wopko Jensma: A Monograph - The Interface between Poetry and Schizophrenia" by Ayub Sheik ©, University of Durban-Westville, July 2002 © (315 pp.) (PDF)
Reminiscences by Warren Siebrits
Updated 6th July, 2015
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