Gavin Jantjes is an a painter and print maker and has worked as a curator in the UK, Norway and South Africa. His work is held in the collections of Tate, the V&A and the Arts Council Collections in the UK and the Smithsonian in Washington DC. He held a senior lecture position at Chelsea School of Art. After a short period as a freelance curator, making exhibitions for the Whitechapel, Hayward and Ikon Galleries in the UK, he was appointed the artistic director of Henie Onstad Art Centre in Oslo.
He studied at the Michaelis school of Fine Art, University of Cape Town and the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste in Hamburg. He served as a trustee of the Tate, Whitechapel and Serpentine Galleries in the UK. He was a member of the finding commission for Documenta 12 and advisor to the European Commission Policy group CIRCLE. He served as a trustee and advisor to the Office for Contemporary Art OCA in Oslo 2009 - 2013. He is the initiator of the “Visual Century Project” and author of “Visual Century: South African Art in Context 1907 - 2007” volumes I - IV, the first democratic and historical survey of one hundred years of SA contemporary art, published by Wits University Press.
Gavin Jantjes has recently returned to his studio to develop new paintings for an exhibition in 2015.