Bio and CV
Born in Johannesburg in 1960, grew up in an artistic family, parents involved in design and creation of ballet costumes and sets for Audrey King and the JHB Youth Ballet; mother an artist, paternal grandmother an illustrator and great aunt South African artist, Nerine Desmond. Amanda designed her first and only ballet sets at the age of four for the ballet Nursery Nonsense (Mother Goose Suite by Ravel) , attended art classes with Nina Campbell-Quine at her Johannesburg studio, went to the Waldorf School and then to The Johannesburg High School for Art, Ballet and Music where she matriculated with four distinctions. Worked in advertising and held her first exhibition of drawings in 1979 at Gallery 709 in Cape Town. Studied Fine Art at Michaelis at the University of Cape Town, where she received twelve scholarships and was class medalist for three years in Cultural History of Western Europe; graduated in 1983 with a BA Fine Art with Distinction in History of Art. She studied a Master of Arts in Fine Art, received eight scholarships and grants and graduated in 1988. Her dissertation was on 'Aspects of Black South African Art up to 1980'. From 1984 to 1991 she worked as a lecturer at the University of Cape Town in the departments of Cultural History of Western Europe and History of Art, while continuing to paint in her spare time. She was an AA Life Vita Awards Theatre Judge from 1989 to 1991. In 1992 she left academia wishing to combine an interest in art and plants by working in a horticultural environment. She studied landscaping and in 1995 graduated cum laude in Landscape Technology, receiving Best Student Prize, Merit Award and Best Landscape Student Award two years running. From 1995 to 2007 she worked as a landscape designer in domestic and large scale landscaping projects in and around Cape Town. In 2008 she and her husband moved to live in the country on their farm outside the village of Baardskeerdersbos in the Southern Overberg. They have a fynbos, donkey and cattle farm with a wholesale plant nursery. Amanda is a full time artist and exhibits her work at the farm Stables Studio and Gallery She breeds Burmese cats in her spare time and is currently working on a book of her work, as well as studying Honours in Psychology at UNISA.
Amanda Jephson- Curriculum Vitae
Date of Birth: 4.4 1960
Contact Details: Cell 084-3502025, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
969-1971 Nina Campbell-Quine Children’s Art Studio, Hyde Park
1975-1978 Johannesburg High School of Art Ballet and Music
Higher Grade Matric with Distinction in Science of Art, Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Art, Design & English.
Leadership Role: Prefect
1980-1983 Bachelor of Art in Fine Art, with Distinction in Cultural History of Western Art & History of Art; Majored in Printmaking.
Michaelis School of Art, University of Cape Town,
1986 Master Of Arts in Fine Art- Dissertation: Aspects of Twentieth Century Black South African Art Up to 1980.
University of Cape Town,
1994 National Diploma in Landscape Technology Cum Laude
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
2013- Psychology I
Basic Psychology PYC 1501(with Distinction)
Psychology in Society PYC 1502
1014 -Psychology II
Personality Theories PYC2601
Adulthood and Maturity PYC2602 (with Distinction)
Research in the Social Sciences RSC 2601 (with Distinction)
Cognition : Thinking, Memory and Problem Solving PYC3703 (with Distinction)
MacIver Scholarship 1981-1984 &1988;Twamley Scholarship 1981-1984; C.G.Saker Scholarship 1981-1984; UCT Post Graduate Scholarship 1984-1986; Human Sciences Research Centre Bursary 1984-1986; Harry Crossley Overseas Travel Grant 1986; Jules Kramer Grant 1984-1986; Harry Openheimer Travel Grant 1984-1986
Class Medalist: Cultural History of Western Europe 1980, 1981 & 1982
Merit Award Student in Landscape Design 1992
Best Student Award in Landscape Design 1993 &1994
Van Elden Prize National Diploma Landscape Technology 1994
Professional Work and Experience
2008-2014 Full Time Artist, living and working on farm outside Baardskeerdersbos in the Western Cape. Art works in various graphic media, oil and acrylic painting. Work is influenced by rural environment with subjects from local countryside and farm surroundings. Co-founded Baardskeerdersbos Art Route, a tri-annual art exhibition of various artists in the area.
1995-2008 Freelance Landscape Designer and Landscape Contractor in Cape Town. Clients included, Urban Landscape Solutions, Starke Ayres Landscaping, Magda Kirkham Landscape Design, Blue Rock Landscaping, Strelitzia Landscaping, Holiday Inn, Bill Venter, Ari Efstathiou, Chris Ball and numerous private residences.
Part-time: Painting and exhibiting of art work at Hout Street Gallery in Paarl and Dorp Street Gallery in Stellenbosch.
1996-1999 Co-owned and managed Topiary Nursery in Observatory, Cape Town
1989-1991 University of Cape Town
Lecturer History of Art;
Course and Exam Convener History of Art II
UCT Summer School Lecturer Black South African Art
AA Life Vita Awards – Theatre Judge
1988 University of Cape Town
Lecturer and Course Convener Cultural History of Western Europe III;
Assistant Lecturer History of Art
1986-1987 University of Cape Town
Lecturer Cultural History of Western Europe and Course Convener CHWE II & III
Research visits around South Africa for MA Dissertation.
1984-1985 University of Cape Town
Assistant Lecturer Cultural History of Western Europe.
Research visits to United Kingdom and France, Germany and Holland for MA Dissertation.
Part Time Employment
1979- 1980 Assistant Film Editor -Trevor Hill Post Productions, Johannesburg
Graphic Artist - Rent-A –Studio, Johannesburg
Graphic Artist - John Growse Associates, Cape Town
Exhibition -Mixed Media, Gallery 709, Cape Town
Founder and Teacher – Blue Route Children’s Art Centre
1988-1989 Assistant Proof Reader and Advertising Rep– ADA (Art Design & Architecture) Magazine
Freelance Layout and Design Artist- La Lanterna Restaurant, Vinello Kitchen Designs, Monks House, Cape Town
1988-2000 Part-time Manager Rozenhof Restaurant, Cape Town
1992-1995 Founded The Art Studio: Adult Art Classes, Cape Town
Committee and Board Memberships
University of Cape Town: Board of Faculty of Arts 1985-1991;
Board of Centre for African Studies 1988;
Centre for African Art Works Committee 1988-1991
Cape Town Film Society Committee 1988-1991
Save Bantamsklip Association: Vice Chairman 2009-2010
Strandveld Tourism and Conservation Foundation Committee 2009-2011
South African Association of Art Historians 1989-1991
Visual Arts Group, Cape Town 1990-1991
Friends of The South African National Gallery 1990-1991
Wild Life Society 1985-1989
Cape Town Ecology Group 1989-1991
Earth Life Africa 1991
SALI: South African Landscapers Institute Student Representative and Member 1993
Baardskeerdersbos Art Route 2008-2011
CANE Coalition Against Nuclear Energy 2009-2011
Interview with William Kentridge, ADA Magazine No 4, 1987
Bongiwe Dhlomo- Printmaker, ADA Magazine No 5, 1988
Tarting Up the Transitional, ADA Magazine No 5, 1988
Imijondolo: Black and White in Gold, review article of Echoes of South African Art by Matsemela Manaka (1987 Skotoville Press)
Co-author review article of Art of the South African Townships, by Gavin Younge, ADA Magazine No 6 1989
FUBA Academy, Johannesburg, ADA Magazine No 6 1989
Rorke’s Drift ELC Art and Craft Centre- Origins and Overview, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town 1990
Paint and Popular Texture: Making South African Art and Its History Accessible, review article of 150 South African Paintings by Lucy Alexander and Evelyn Cohen (1990 Struikof), ADA Magazine No 9, 1990.
The Bloomsbury Group; Western Art and Culture between the wars; Books, non-fiction and fiction; Psychology; Philosophy, Art Theory and Aesthetics; the Creative process; Genealogy; Cape Vernacular Architecture and Landscape; Antiques; Perfume and Scent distillation; unusual Plants; anything French.
_Other Activities _
Cattle farmer; Burmese cat breeder; Donkey rescuer; Blogger, Activist against Bantamsklip Nuclear Power Station.