• Bio

    I was raised in a family that encouraged intellectual and artistic pursuits and my childhood was spent moving between homes and schools in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. Along with ballet and music classes , I attended various art classes the most formative being the Nina Cambell-Quine Children's Art Studio in Hyde Park. My mother who was an artist and costume designer, gave me my first break aged four, when I drew the sets for a ballet she was working on and these were used in the ballet Nursery Nonsense produced by Audrey King.  My father who was an engineer and drawer of every-anything was the go-to man for all things technical and scientific and enthused in me a love of history. Wherever we lived our home was filled with art, classical music,  poetry and literature and I had two successful female artist role-models in my aunts, Nerine Desmond and Andrea Desmond-Smith . Not being able to escape the inevitable I first went to the Waldorf School which encouraged critical and liberal thinking and then to the National School of Arts (then called the Johannesburg High School of Art Ballet and Music) where I marticulated in 1978. After school I worked in advertising as a graphic artist with dreams of book illustration, however a year of illustrating corporate audio-visual story-boards quickly convinced me the ad world was not in my future. I had an exhibition of drawings and mixed media at Gallery 709 in Cape Town and then went to Michaelis Art School at the University of Cape Town to study fine art, majoring in printmaking, 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 where I lectured for four years while completing a Master of Arts in Fine Art on black South African contemporary art up to 1980.  The CHWE department closed in 1987 due to academic Africanisation and I moved to the History of Art Department where I lectured for four years. I was also a Vita Arts Judge from 1989 to 1991. In 1992 I left UCT to pursue a career in the applied sciences,  completing a National  Diploma in Landscape Technology  at The Cape Peninsula University of Technology. I worked as a landscape designer for fifteen years in domestic and industrial landscaping which enabled me to combine my allied passions of art and horticulture. In 2007 I moved out of the city to live and work as a full-time artist, on a farm in the Overberg near the village of Baardskeerdersbos. Here, along with fellow artists in 2008, The Baardskeerdersbos Art Route was formed with twice yearly solo exhibitions in artists' homes and studios. I exhibit at the Stables Studio and Gallery at the farm as an art route member and participate in group shows while marketing my work on the Internet. In 2014 I registered at The University of South Africa to pursue a career in psychology and the social sciences, in a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology Psychological Counselling . An interest in mental health and cognitive psychology motivated me towards this career choice, which has enhanced and enriched my art vocation. Currently, I am researching neurocognition, memory and aging for my psychology honours paper. My interest in people and the human mind continues to grow as does my art work in oil painting, intaglio printmaking and other graphic mediums. I am still passionate about art history and I am a passionate balletomane attending adult ballet classes. I continue to green the landscape environment and have become a small-scale cattle farmer and breeder of Burmese cats.

    My recent painting explores subjects from a photographic slide collection of 50s and 60s African travels taken by my father. My latest graphic works and etchings are headless ancient Greek statues of womem which personify a body/mind state of stasis and dance.

    Amanda Jephson, September 2019.

  • CV


    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 - 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
    Psychology
    PYC4811 (with distinction);
    3. Psychopathology PYC4802;
    4. Research Methodology
    HMPYC80;
    5. Developmental Psychology -
    Adulthood and Aging PYC4805;
    6. Ecosystemic Psychology
    PYC4808 (with distinction);
    7. Therapeutic Psychology
    PYC4809 (with distinction.

    Awards
    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.
    2008-2017 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

    Memberships
    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

    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
    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.

    Interests
    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.