• Bio and CV

    Amanda was born in Johannesburg in 1960. She grew up in an artistic family with parents involved in the production and design of ballet costumes and sets for Audrey King and the JHB Youth Ballet; her mother was an artist, her paternal grandmother an illustrator and her great aunt Nerine Desmond is a well known South African artist. 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 her Honours in Psychology at UNISA.

    Amanda Jephson- Curriculum Vitae

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

    Art Education
    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,

    Additional Education
    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)
    Psychology III
    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
    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.