Amanda Jephson - Fine Artist - South Africa

I live and work on a farm in the rural Overberg, outside the village of Baardskeerdersbos in the Western Cape where I have a studio with magnificent views and Constable skies across the Kouevlakte. I work in a variety of paint and graphic mediums, including oil and acrylic painting, ink, graphite and mixed drawing mediums and in intaglio printmaking techniques. My portfolio covers a wide range of subjects including landscapes, still lives, animals, portraits and figurative elements. My landscapes, which are always inspired by rural surroundings, are of local Overberg scenes and far flung places such as the Scottish Highlands and include agrarian and mountain landscapes , fynbos flora, the Overberg coast and vernacular farm architecture. I use the still life genre to convey more intimate and personal themes with objects from my domestic environment and found artefacts such as discarded pottery shards and bones collected on the farm. I paint portraits of friends and people of interest and have more recently included figurative elements into my work. As a passionate animal lover surrounded by cats, cows, horses, donkeys and fowls, animals provide an endless source of inspiration and together with birds, wild life and natural objects, have been a subject source since I can remember. I work simultaneously on paintings and etchings, and often these may have different themes, for example at present I am working on a series of paintings entitled 'White Priviledge' inspired by my father's 50s and 60s travel slides to Tanzania, Zanzibar, Mozambique and the Transkei while also working on a series of etchings exploring a mind/body theme of stasis and motion. Unifying elements which can be seen in my compositions are rhythmic and lyrical lines, organic forms, contrasting tones and vibrant strong marks and bright colours. I continuously evolve and change my work and move through different styles and subjects. The most consistent style of my work is semi-realism with overtones of post-impressionism, expressionism and the Nabis.

To view my work 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 . I am one of the exhibiting artists and my work can be seen at the renovated farm stables which combine as my gallery and studio. I also sell my work on the Internet and from this web site. Please contact me via the Contact page if you would like to find out more about my work. I sell locally and internationally and I am happy to ship anywhere internationally at very reasonable postage rates, My works are in private collections in South Africa, the United Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

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- 2019 Baardskeerdersbos Art Route –
Bi Annual Exhibitions at the Stables Studio, Assegaai Bosch Farm, Baardskeerbersbos.

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.














Amanda and Ame, Baardskeerdersbos Art Route April 2019