Jasper Pedyo was born in 1995, Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. Due to his mother’s political activism, Jasper’s childhood home was burnt down. Fearing for her life, his mother made the difficult decision to leave her children in Zimbabwe and became a refugee in England. During this estrangement from his mother, Jasper moved around Zimbabwe, along with his siblings, staying with relatives and anybody willing to accommodate them. At the age of eight he moved with his sisters to South Africa and several years later, moved to the UK, where he was finally reunited with his mother, settling down together in Leeds, and then Barnsley. As one of the few African children at his school, he encountered a difficult time there. However, through the encouragement of his art teacher and Saturday’s spent at Leeds College of Art he developed an all-consuming passion for the visual arts and “a compulsion to make things”. On leaving the school he spent one-year studying Furniture Design at De Montfort University, Leicester. However, he increasingly felt drawn to return to Leeds College of Art (now known as Leeds Arts University), where he spent the next three years, graduating in fine art this summer.

Jasper Pedyo’s paintings are highly influenced by the philosophy of Alexander Baumgarten, who coined the term ‘aesthetics’ in 1735. Aestheticism, to Jasper, is very important.

“I intend to provide the viewer with an environment of visual bliss; the work’s purpose is to be experienced solely with an instinctive and  physical response to its structure, colour, and surrounding space.  The combination of binary colour and textures are used to absorb and reflect light, the viewer, by means of their own reflection in the lacquered black inserts, able to perceive themselves in the work.”

 Jasper’s work aims for visual harmony, reminding the audience of the material and ethereal nature of painting. The tension in the shaped canvas accentuates the surface and texture of the paintings, the stretchers providing a framework for the 3d canvas structures, into which, flat, high gloss panels are inserted. His use of bold symbols of a cross, square and circle recognise art’s formal elements, as well as referencing buttons used on console controllers.

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108 Purchase Award 2018

Over the past month, 108 Fine Art has been researching and visiting fine art degree shows across the U.K. Perhaps this year more than ever we have been excited to experience such inspiration, extraordinary ideas, great optimism, and promise. Having traveled far and wide we feel that the most outstanding body of work that we have encountered has been produced by an artist working only 20 miles from the gallery door. We are delighted that Jasper Pedyo from Leeds Arts University has agreed to accept the ‘108 Fine Art Purchase Award’. Jasper follows in the footsteps of some of the greatest UK artists of the past 100 years, who have started their journeys at Leeds College of Art – including Jacob Kramer, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Joash Woodrow, Marcus Harvey and Damien Hirst.

Jasper has agreed to exhibit all of his degree show works at 108 Fine Art from 18th August – 2nd September. The exhibition will include several new pieces which Jasper is currently working on. Three of his artworks “Jo’burg’, ‘’Marondera’, ‘Bulawayo’ and ‘Masvingo’ will be delivered to the gallery next Wednesday and on display at the gallery from 21st June. All works are exclusively available to collectors through 108 Fine Art.



Works by Jasper Pedyo