About ... 

" My Art is about creating work that expresses or communicates emotional experiences. The work should speak for itself "

Born in Cape Town 1955, AJ launched his career as a professional photographer at 19 years old with the publication of a book of black and white landscape photographs of the Karoo, a barren area of haunting beauty in South Africa. He spent the next thirty years as a commercial photographer developing an understanding of light, colour and design while painting and sculpting for his own pleasure. He lectured Photography concurrently at the Ruth Prowse School of Art in Cape Town for a number of years while he also took painting classes with the late Eric Laubscher, one of South Africa’s top artists who headed the Ruth Prowse School of Art. 

He's worked on diverse projects around the globe for advertising and editorial clients in every conceivable form from books to billboards. His initial photographic training was with Brian Astbury, photographer, theatre director and founder of The Space Theatre, South Africa's first multi-racial Theatre. After numerous international assignments in several different countries he settled in New York for several years before returning to Cape Town to pursue his passion for painting full time.

He was fortunate to have met and worked with the late Prof. Kevin Atkinson, Professor of Fine Art at Michaelis Art School, University of Cape Town who encouraged and mentored him over many years. 

Inspired by life, nature and landscape in particular, he's constantly exploring materials for new ways of expression. He was drawn to encaustic for it’s natural ingredients, it’s history and it’s ability to be manipulated, transformed, layered, fused and combined with other mediums. His formulae are based on research into the original 2000 year old Egyptian recipe using beeswax, a centuries old recipe from Greece where they first used beeswax and pitch to weatherproof their sailing ships, the wax from plants in South America, Birchwood from Finland, 30 years of research into encaustic paint by an American Professor, a two centuries old recipe for milk paint, resin from trees in Indonesia and other sources. 

He currently uses a wide range of techniques based on his interest in exploration of materials.

The work has been purchased by collectors around the globe. A partial list of South African Corporate Clients include :

Nedbank – Investment Banking
Barrick Africa – Mining
Eschelon – Insurance
P-Bel – Communications
Neotel – Communications
Motor Finance Corporation
Unilever – Household Products
Micro Mega – Investment
Clover – Foods and Beverages
Bentel and Associates – Property
Atos Origin – Information Technology