Amanda Jephson - Fine Artist - South Africa

Amanda Jephson lives and works on a farm in the rural Overberg, outside the village of Baardskeerdersbos in the Western Cape, South Africa, where she has a studio with magnificent views across the Kouevlakte. She has been a serious artist since age 14 and she works in a variety of paint and graphic mediums including oil and acrylic, drawing and intaglio printmaking techniques. Her art covers a broad range of subjects inspired by the rural surroundings in which she lives, landscapes, vernacular architecture, animals and still life as well as more intraspective personal, figurative and portrait subjects. Unifying elements which can be seen in her compositions are rhythmic lines, organic forms, contrasting tones and vibrant colours. She continually evolves her work and moves through various themes , subjects and styles. At present she is working on a series of paintings entitled 'Nostalgia Trip' where she is referencing old family photographs of journeys in Africa and the juxtaposition of a colonial and African heritage.
To view her works please click on each Portfolio section.

Bi-annually the local Baardskeerdersbos artists hold an art route weekend exhibiting and selling works from their studios and homes. To see more please see the link below for the Baardskeerdersbos Art Route www.baardskeerdersbosartroute.co.za . Amanda is one of the exhibiting artists and her work can be seen at the renovated farm stables which combine as her library, gallery and studio. She also sells her work on the Internet and from this web site. Please contact her via the Contact page if you would like to find out more about her work. She sells locally and internationally and is happy to ship anywhere internationally at very reasonable postage rates, Her works are in private collections in South Africa, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Amanda studied at the Johannesburg Art, Ballet and Music School, and at Michaelis, University of Cape Town. She holds a BA in Fine Art (with distinction in History of Art and in Cultural History of Western Europe) and a Master of Arts in Fine Art. The subject of her Masters dissertation was Aspects of Black South African Art up to 1980. Her early career was in academia and she lectured for eight years in Cultural History of Western Europe and then in History of Art at UCT. From 1989 to 1991 she was a theatre judge for the AA Life Vita Awards. In 1992 she left UCT and studied Landscape Technology (ND Land Tech) which she received cum laude from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She worked as a landscape designer and consultant for fifteen years in Cape Town before she and her husband moved permanently to Baardskeerdersbos in 2008. She is currently studying her Honours in Psychology at UNISA with a special interest in schizophrenia and art therapy. Amanda is a depression and breast cancer survivor.

Exhibitions
1979 Gallery 709 Cape Town - Exhibition of Drawings and Mixed Media
1998 Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch, Group Exhibition
1999-2001 Greyton Art Gallery, Group Exhibition
2003 Summer Salon, Hout Street Gallery, Paarl
2002 Stanford Group Exhibition
2008 Napier Gallery Group Exhibition
2010 Stanford Art Cafe Group Exhibition
2013 Muse Exhibition, Casa Labia Galley, Cape Town
2014 Bredasdorp Gallery Group Exhibition
2008- 2017 Baardskeerdersbos Art Route –
Bi Annual Exhibitions at the Stables Studio, Assegaai Bosch Farm, Baard skeerbersbos.

Awards
1980 Class Medalist: Cultural History of Western Europe I
1981 MacIver Scholarship
Twamley Scholarship
C.G.Saker Scholarship
Class Medalist: Cultural History of Western Europe II
1982 MacIver Scholarship
Twamley Scholarship
C.G.Saker Scholarship
Class Medalist: Cultural History of Western Europe III
1983 MacIver Scholarship
Twamley Scholarship
C.G.Saker Scholarship
1984 MacIver Scholarship
Twamley Scholarship
C.G.Saker Scholarship
UCT Post Graduate Scholarship
Human Sciences Research Council Bursary
Harry Oppenheimer Travel Grant
1985 UCT Post Graduate Scholarship
Human Sciences Research Council Bursary
Jules Kramer Grant
Harry Oppenheimer Travel Grant
1986 UCT Post Graduate Scholarship
Human Sciences Research Council Bursary
Harry Crossley Overseas Travel Grant
Jules Kramer Grant
Harry Oppenheimer Travel Grant
1988 MacIver Scholarship
1992 Merit Award Student in Landscape Design
1993 Best Student Award in Landscape Design
1994 Best Student Award in Landscape Design
Van Elden Prize National Diploma Landscape Technology

Publications
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
Iijondolo: 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.