Nicolene Joffe paints high gloss, stylised portraits of women, depicting aspects of gender and race in contemporary society. Her work conveys the vulnerability and confidences of the female gender. It highlights the ethnic differences of women, but embraces the strength of the female collective.

“My artwork has a lush and distinctive style,” Joffe says. “The reflective nature holds the viewers gaze.

“The works capture fleeting moments of both vulnerability and intimacy. Disheveled hair, the curve of a hip or even a wave of a hand, all reveal a glimpse into the privacy of the women’s lives.

“In all the paintings there is a sense that these faceless women have something to share. The reference to ethnicity brings further depth to the subject matter. Hairstyles, body curves and clothes reference diversity. My intention is to show strength, even as a female collective in a state of capture, and the role we can play in transforming a world consumed by violence.”

Joffe was born in Johannesburg, in 1978. She completed a degree in Fine Art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT, in 2000. She has shown work in Johannesburg at the Intoto Gallery and the Whitehouse Gallery. Her work is represented in the Standard Chartered Private Collection in New York.

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