Jenny Hyde-Johnson

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Jenny grew up on the outskirts of Johannesburg where there was an abundance of wildlife and indigenous flora on the doorstep and this nurtured in her a life-long love for nature. Hours rambling through the surrounding veld offered an opportunity to study plants, birds and insects up close. And regular visits to Southern Africa's wonderful Game Parks entrenched in her a love of the continent's large majestic animals.

Her talent and love of art led to a Diploma in Graphic Design from the Johannesburg College of Art. This translated into a career in Graphic Design which included 25 years in which she co-owned and ran a successful Design Studio. All through these years she painted and explored three-dimensional ceramic sculptures in her spare time. She received a Highly Commended in 1984 for her ceramics and a number of her pieces were purchased by the Lichtenburg Art Gallery, Durban National Museum and the Permanent Building Society's Art Collection.

In the mid 2000's Jenny moved to a farm in the Magaliesberg area and devoted herself to painting full time. The magnificent flora, fauna and creatures of these beautiful hills and dales started to dominate the subjects portrayed on her easel and her work has met with success over the intervening years.

Jenny's botanical paintings started with a commission to illustrate a garden guide and calendar for Brenthurst Garden, home to the Oppenheimer family, and one of the 'Great Gardens of The World'. Her detailed Botanical paintings have won Gold Medals at all three Kirstenbosch Biennale's which she has entered (2006, 2008 and 2013) with her 2008 pieces being named 'Best on Show'. Jenny was invited to produce a painting for the 62nd Volume of 'Flowering Plants of Africa' printed in 2011. And 2014 saw her Eulophia (welwitschia) zeyherii painting being awarded the Gold Medal at the 21st World Orchid Congress, held in Johannesburg. She had a painting selected for the 15th Hunt International Botanical Art and Illustration Exhibition in the USA and it is now forms part of their collection. In 2016 Jenny received 'Best on Show' at the Plant Exhibition and both botanicals were purchased for the prestigious Shirley Sherwood Collection permanently housed at the Royal Gardens in Kew, UK.

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Jenny's bird paintings have been accepted every year at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's, 'Birds In Art' exhibitions in the USA since 2008. An image of her 2011 painting was used as a poster to advertise the exhibition.

And since that year her bird paintings have been further selected to accompany the work of 59 other international artists on 'Birds in Art' year-long-tours of the USA. In 2014 the Museum purchased her 'Impangele' (Guineafowl) painting for their permanent collection.

Jenny's wildlife paintings have hung in London's Mall Gallery with David Shepherd and his 'Wildlife Artist of the Year' exhibitions. Her paintings have been accepted every year from 2009 to 2014 and in 2010 her portrait of a wild dog was awarded a 'Highly Commended'.

Jenny moved in late 2010 to the beautiful Malmani Nature Reserve situated in the World Heritage Site of the Cradle of Humankind. It has magnificent views over the ancient Magaliesberg mountain range and the area is world renowned for it's abundant hominid and animal fossil finds. More than 3500 wild flower species inhabit this highveld region and the bird list numbers nearly 400 species. A variety of wildlife still roam the hills and dales and all these continue to inspire and provide subjects for her work. Jenny has produced several commissions and her work is in demand by private collectors. Select pieces are available at The Cape Gallery, Cape Town as well as the Everard Read Gallery and The Gables Gallery both in Johannesburg. Examples of her work can be seen on