Kyle Jardine

Kyle Jardine


I’m a born and bred Capetonian who qualified with a film degree and musical theatre licentiate. I am a film and theatre actor by trade and have worked extensively both locally and abroad. I split my time between performance, behind the scenes in costume design, and continuing to build my portfolio as an artist. I have a keen eye for art, fashion, creativity and detail; I am always creating something and immersing myself in art and aesthetics. I’m a self-taught artist, having explored and experimented in multiple mediums. I’m also a resident performer and theatre practitioner at Gate69, Cape Town’s newest theatre and cabaret hotspot, where I fulfill multiple roles on and off the stage. I recently placed in the top 25 of the State of the Art Gallery Award competition 2019, and was a featured artist in Visi online design magazine 2019.

What is the process of creating a piece?

I usually begin by photographing the sites that intrigue me. Once I find a piece that speaks to me, I usually decide on scale and begin to approximate size and proportion. I work purely by free hand and start immediately in pen. From there, it’s the imperfection, interpretation and general impression of the work that takes over.

The joy, for me, is in the quirks. The patterns, the unexpected shapes, the squiggly lines. There is something that is awakened by giving these majestic buildings a comical style in the interpretation. I see it as the defining of each piece; giving it its own personality.

It gives me great joy bringing my work to life.

Heritage City.

The series showcases a wide array of cape town’s heritage buildings, capturing a variety of architecture from Cape Dutch , Edwardian and Victorian design. The artwork features a quirky impressionistic style and interpretation of the structures, and showcases each buildings unique charm and personality, through the free hand illustration of the artist. The series embodies the charm of the city, the history, as well as the juxtaposition of the old and new world combined, with the use of loose strokes and swishes of ink tones in black and sepia, capturing the essence of the old world