Jocelyn Chemel

I love design,
jewelry making,
ferns & ginko leaves

Jocelyn Chemel is a Boston-based artist who has been using mixed media for many years.  Having been a decorative painting teacher she learned many painting techniques and  likes to layer pieces using collage, transparent papers, printing and digital photography.

After taking many courses at Mass College of Art and the Museum School, Boston, she strives to create art that stretches the boundaries of the mediums used.  Having been born in South Africa, and growing up there during the years of apartheid, she is sensitive to what lies beneath and what is not spoken. 

Using layering in her art is a way to peek into the world below, often using glitter, pearls and  rhinestones to draw attention to ugly violent subjects.  She uses barbed wire as a symbol of aggression of people towards other people.

Jocelyn donates art supplies to the township schools in Cape Town, South Africa, through Art on a Mission inspirational Artblocks.  

Her love of textiles, patterns, beading, semi precious stones and shapes in nature inform her art.

She lives with her partner, her cockapoo and miniature orange trees in Newton.


Group Show, State of the Planet, Youngblood Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, October-November, 2016.

Group Show, Juried, Newton City Hall, June 2016.

Solo Show, Mayor’s Gallery, City Hall, Boston. Feb. 2016

Group Show, Motherbrook Open Studios, Dedham, Nov. 2015
Group Show, Boston Neighborhood Network, (BNN) May 2105
Solo Show, Barbed Beauty, Holzwasser Gallery, New Art Center, MA, Oct. 2014, curated by Kathleen Smith Redman
Group Show, Newton Open Studios, 2005-2016
Group Show, Icons and Alters, New Art Center, Newton, MA 2006-2010
Solo Show, H.C. Studio, Brookline, MA 2006-2011
Group Show, School of the Museum of Fine Art, Dec. Sale, 2010
Solo Show, Oylan Gallery, Cambridge, MA 2007
Solo Show, Robert Edwards Salon, Newton, MA 2007
Solo Show, Circles, Holzwasser Gallery, New Art Center, Newton, MA, 2006
Group Show, Starr Gallery, JCC, Newton, MA, 2000


Iziko Museums of South Africa, Social History Center:  South African Flag on Mandela Stone, 16×16.