Chance Upon this Gem of a Gallery in Knysna and Meet the Artist at Jandreart Studio

Jandreart Studio

A visit to Jandreart Studio on Thesen Island in Knysna is highly recommended. This is a working studio where you will be fortunate enough to meet the artist, Jan Raats himself, at work.

Jan has won numerous awards and has exhibited nationally and internationally. His paintings are with collectors all over the world.

Jan’s passion and enthusiasm for his work is contagious.  A warm and generous person, he will be happy to stop and explain his current project or to talk you through the other pieces on display.

He engages with visitors, provides demonstrations, and give advice to artists and collectors.

Artwork at Jandreart Studio

Jan’s unique style of painting is to use only his fingers to create his vibrant impressionistic images.

His work covers a range of styles and subject matter.  He is widely travelled and many of his paintings reflect his impressions of the countries he has visited.

Jan’s latest body of work involves hand cutting butterfly shapes from plastic bottles. Using a leaf, he delicately paints colours on the back of the butterflies, and then glues them onto a board to create a picture of their own. 

If you are not able to visit Jandreart Studio in Knysna and meet Jan in person then his website is the next best place to see his amazing work.

Jandreart Studio offers a specialist art packaging service, using the highest quality professional art packaging required for international art transportation.

Pure silk scarves printed with some of Jan’s original paintings are available at the studio.  This wearable art would make a luxury gift for someone special.

Contact Details

For more information or to make an appointment call +27 78 610 5104 or email

Jandreart Studio can be visited at TH2 Long Street Thesen, Harbour Town, Knysna in the Western Cape.


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