curriculum vitae

Janet Solomon (b.1967) graduated from the universities of KwaZulu-Natal and the Witwatersrand, obtaining her MA in Fine Art with distinction.

She has been practising professionally as an artist from 2008, since resigning as Managing Director of Decorland to pursue art making full time.

Solomon’s confrontational works engage unflinchingly with environmental issues and human cultural relations with animals. The notion of the natural world interrupted and impacted is the eroded circumstance in which her subject finds it’s self.

Solomon’s work orbits around ideas of alienation, reduction of relation and its destructive consequences, and the susceptibility of the subject to dissociative forces. Solomon’s work is inscribed by a sense of loss of some precious quality in the world or self. Her works are filled with a haunting pathos, a sense of a curiously anti heroic, fragile beauty found in individuals’ struggle to come to grips with situations larger than themselves.


1985–1990:BA(FA)(Honours)with distinction and commendation,

University of KwaZulu Natal (Pietermaritzburg)

2010-2014: MA in Fine Arts with distinction, University of the Witwatersrand



2015: Green Screen, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, KZN

2014:  Green Screen, Origins Museum, Johannesburg, Gauteng

2002:  In Search Of Lost Time, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, KZN

1997:  Reclamation, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, KZN

1993:  Deaths & Entrances, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, KZN



2015: Slow Violence, GUS University Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Stellenbosch

2012: See-saw, Michaelis Lab, Cape Town

2011: The End, artSPACE Gallery, Durban

Twelve, KZNSA Gallery, Durban

2010:  KZN Artists, Upstairs@Bamboo, Johannesburg

2009:  Nivea Art Award, KZNSA Gallery, Durban (Finalist)

ALPOA, artSPACE Berlin, Berlin

Figure This, Durban University of Technology’s Art Gallery, Durban

2008:  Formation, artSPACE Gallery, Durban

Diminutive, artSPACE Gallery, Durban

2007:  Malleable, artSPACE Gallery, Durban

2005:  Paean To Paint, artSPACE Gallery, Durban

1997:  Images From The Edge, KZNSA Gallery, Durban

1996:  Wrapped up, KZNSA Gallery, Durban

1995:  Durban Redefined KZNSA Gallery, Durban (Gold award),

1994:Displacements: South African Works On Paper, Chicago, curated by David Bunn and Jane Taylor

1990:  Standard Bank National Drawing Competition, travelled to 11 galleries nationally

1989:  Journey, KZNSA Gallery, Durban

Mail Art From South Africa: A View From The Inside, Soho 20 Gallery, New York

1988:  U.N.I.S.A. Clay Plus Exhibition, Unisa (Univ of SA) Art Gallery, Pretoria

Rolfes Student Art Competition, Durban

New Signatures, South African Association Of Arts, Pretoria

1987:  A.P.S.A. (Association Of Potters Of S.A.) National Exhibition (Merit award)



Durban University of Technology Art Gallery



Adamson, V., 2005. A community of artists: a photographic book of 106 KwaZulu Natal artists in their studios and workplaces; Durban: KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts.

Solomon, J., 2014. Green Screen. Cape Town: Hansa Prints