• Bio


    Raised in a family that instilled intellectual and artistic pursuits , I attended ballet classes with Audrey King ( founder of the first multiracial SA ballet company, The Johannesburg Youth Ballet) and received guitar and piano classes with Jill Kirkland, Keith Blundell and 'Mrs Good'. The further benefit of a flexible childhood, spent in transition, with multiple family moves, homes and schools in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town provided various art class opportunities, the most formative being at Nina Cambell-Quine's Children's Art Studio in Hyde Park. My mother who was an artist and costume designer, inadvertently decided my fate by using my 4 year old drawings for sets of Audrey King's ballet 'Nursery Nonsense', the visual arts had won the day.  My father who was an engineer, technical artist and classical music maestro brought things of a scientific and historical nature into our home. Strong women artist role-models were my aunts Nerine Desmond and Andrea Desmond-Smith. My primary and secondary education was liberal and included a convent, two Waldorf Schools, a goverment school and the National School of Arts (then called the Johannesburg High School of Art Ballet and Music) where I marticulated in 1978.

    After art school I worked in advertising as a graphic artist with aspirations of becoming a book illustrator, however a year of drawing corporate audio-visual story-boards put paid to the ad world. In 1979 I held an exhibition of drawings and mixed media at Gallery 709 in Cape Town and thereafter went to Michaelis Art School at the University of Cape Town where I studied fine art, majoring in Printmaking under Jules van der Veifer, with distinctions in History of Art and Cultural History of Western Europe. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art. I joined UCT's Cultural History of Western Europe Department lecturing for four years while completing a Master of Arts in Fine Art on black South African art up to 1980.  When Africanisation closed the CHWE department in 1987 I moved to the History of Art Department and lectured until 1992. During 1989 to 1991 I was a Vita Arts Judge. In 1992 I added the applied sciences to my career, completing a National  Diploma in Landscape Technology  at The Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Landscape design and construction enabled me to practically apply art and horticulture in domestic and urban environments, and I worked in the industry for 15 years in the Western Cape. In 2007 I moved from Cape Town to a farm my husband and I had bought in 1995, outside the village of Baardskeerdersbos. Here I currently work full time in the visual arts. In 2008 artists in the area created The Baardskeerdersbos Art Route where local artists hold bi-annual solo exhibitions in their homes and studios. I exhibit at the Stables Studio and Gallery on the farm as an art route member and participate in group shows while marketing my work on the Internet. I have works in private collections in South Africa, England, Scotland, the USA, New Zealand and Australia.

    In 2019 I graduate at the University of South Africa (UNISA) with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychological Counselling. An enduring interest in psychology motived me towards this additional career course. My psychology honours paper was written on cognitive neuroscience , memory and aging My interest in people and psychology is an added benefit to my art work.

    I continue to be passionate about art history, as well as ballet and attend adult ballet classes. Greening and caring for the environment is still paramount and there is a nursery on the farm along with a small-scale cattle farming enterprise (no killing permitted). I also breed Burmese cats.

    My recent paintings explore subjects from slides photographed by my father on travels around Southern and East Africa in the 50s and 60s. My latest etchings are mythical headless women which express a body/mind state of stasis and motion relating to my rediscovery of ballet. I am also reworking large old damaged etching plates of my ' Endle' Place of the Animals Trophy series.

    Amanda Jephson, November 2019.
    Above: Ballet 'Nursery Nonsense' c 1968.

  • CV

    Amanda Jephson- Curriculum Vitae

    Date of Birth: 4.4 1960
    Contact Details: Cell 084-3502025, email: ajephson@live.com

    Art Education
    1969-1971 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,

    Additional Education
    1994 National Diploma in Landscape Technology Cum Laude
    Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
    2013 - 2O16 NGD/NGP Psychology 1,2 & 3 : Basic Psychology PYC 1501(with distinction);
    Psychology in Society PYC 1502;
    Personality Theories PYC2601;
    Adulthood and Maturity PYC2602 (with distinction);
    Abnormal Behaviour and Mental Health PYC3702 (with distinction);
    Social Psychology PYC3701;
    Research in the Social Sciences RSC 2601 (with distinction);
    Cognition : Thinking, Memory and Problem Solving PYC3703 (with distinction);
    Psychological Therapy and Counselling PYC 4709 (with distinction).

    2018 & 2019 BA.Psychology Honours Psychological Counselling, UNISA:
    1. Psychological Assessment
    PYC4807 ( with distinction);
    2. Community and Health
    PYC4811 (with distinction);
    3. Psychopathology PYC4802;
    4. Research Methodology
    5. Developmental Psychology -
    Adulthood and Aging PYC4805;
    6. Ecosystemic Psychology
    PYC4808 (with distinction);
    7. Therapeutic Psychology
    PYC4809 (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
    2018 Psychology elective, Hermanus Provincial Hospital.
    2008-2018 Full time artist, Stables Studio and Gallery, Assegaai Bosch Farm, Baardskeerdersbos, 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 bi-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
    AVAAZ 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.