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JEFF RANKIN

Born 1952 in Durban, SA

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Starting in 1971, Jeff Rankin studied fine art and printmaking to a Masters level (in Durban, the UK and Stellenbosch). He has worked as an art educator, political cartoonist, illustrator and designer. His first group exhibition was in 1973 in Durban. Jeff has participated in solo and group shows in SA and abroad since then.
 
An early interest in drawing, graphic art and book arts made printmaking a natural focus. Hard-ground etching was an early choice as it suits his use of line drawing. For the past 15 years, Jeff has enjoyed working in woodcuts (prints or the original block hand-coloured). This continues while he explores other mediums, nothing excluded.

In 2009, Jeff left full-time employment to become an independent artist.
 
Artist Statement:

“Influenced by the rich tradition of graphic satire, I view and depict my experience of the world using the ink of social realism. This backgrounds my obsession with the language of visual detail and its generous suggestion of metaphor. My formative subjective homeland was a public and private minefield. Negotiating this contradictory landscape, I have used - and continue to use - my best creative work as both a weapon of choice and a peace offering.”

Art Training:

National Diploma Fine Art (Printmaking Major): Durban Art School (now DUT) 1971-73
Printmaking Intensive 1-Year Certificate: Croydon College of Design, UK 1974-75
National Higher Diploma Fine Art (Printmaking): Technikon Natal (now DUT) 1982-83
Masters Degree Fine Art: Stellenbosch University 1996-97

Full-Time Work in Art Education ( Technikons & Universities, 1976-2009):

Lecturer in Depts of Art & Design:
ML Sultan & Natal Technikons (now both DUT) & U.Natal (UKZN) 1976-1993
Senior Lecturer / Head, Dept of Fine Art:  Border Technikon (now Walter Sisulu University), East London 1994-2009

Part-Time Work 1973 – 2016:

External Examiner for a number of institutions
Extensive record of visual works published; this includes some 400 political cartoons in the Sunday Tribune & Daily Dispatch (1982-1994); artworks for Indicator SA, Mamba Comix, books by Ravan Press, Heinemann-Centaur publishers, Oxford University Press, and others.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
NSA Gallery, Durban: 2014 Floradale Fine Art, East London

2011
Fat Tuesday Gallery, Durban

2010
ArtSPACE Gallery, Durban
Ann Bryant Gallery, East London

2003
Ann Bryant Gallery, East London
River Gallery, Chung Li, Taiwan
KZNSA Gallery, Durban

1987
Jack Heath Gallery, University of Natal Pmb

1986
NSA Gallery, Durban

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Engage Art Gallery, Bathurst
The Cape Gallery, Cape Town: Impressions

2012-2016
Floradale Fine Art, East London: group shows

2013
National Arts Fest Modern Miniatures

2011
National Arts Festival, Grahamstown – Co/Mix 2011 (Invited Artists) Eastern Cape Artists, Arts Fest.

2010
KwaNyoni Gallery with ArtSPACE Durban, Hilton KZN

2007
ArtSPACE Gallery, Durban

2005
Berlin, Germany - Potsdam, Poland Train Exhibition

2004
International Print Exchange Dublin-East London-Madison (co-ordinator/participant)

2003
International Biennale of Contemporary Print, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada
Fringe Exhibition, National Arts Festival Grahamstown Cuts & Strokes (2 Artists)

2001
National Print Exchange (SA Art Institutions)

2000 – 2004
The EyeTales Exhibition, National Arts Festival Grahamstown

1999
University of the West of England, Bristol UK
International Print Exchange at UWE, Bristol UK

1995 – 1999
Ann Bryant Gallery, East London: several group shows

1988
Elizabeth Gordon Gallery (Invitation Show), Durban

1987
Dept of Fine Art Staff Touring Exhibition, U.Natal Pmb
Market Gallery, Johannesburg

1985
NSA Gallery, Durban
‘100 Years of Natal Art’, Durban & Pmb

1984
Shell Gallery, Johannesburg (2 Artists)
Private Venue, Durban

1983
Durban Art Gallery
Standard Bank Touring Exhibition (SA Cartoonists)

1982
Durban Art Gallery
Tatham Gallery, Pmb

1981
National Graphics Exhibition, NSA Gallery, Durban
University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg:

1979
Durban Art Gallery
Ravan Centre Graphics Exhibition, Johannesburg
NSA Gallery (Invitation Show), Durban

1978
Natal Artists (Touring Exhibition)

1977
Durban Art Gallery

1976
Walsh-Marais Gallery, Durban (2 Artists)
Durban Art Gallery

1975
Central London Polytechnic Gallery, UK
South London Art Centre, UK

1973
Bojo Gallery, Durban

COLLECTIONS

Work in Public Collections:
Ann Bryant Gallery, East London
Durban Art Gallery
New York Public Library – Print Collection
Royal Netherlands Embassy, South Africa
The Caversham Centre, KZN

Private Collections: Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, South Africa and Taiwan

COMMISSIONS

2015-2016
New Resource Centre, St Elizabeth’s Hospital, Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape – bespoke woodcut artwork executed & installed, area approx. 50 sq m. Commissioned by TJ Architects (South Coast), for the Eastern Cape Depts of Helath & Public Works.

2012-2014
Private house, Durban – bespoke woodcut artwork executed & installed

PUBLICATIONS
Papers in Proceedings: Design Education Conference: Durban (1993), Cape Town (1995).
Paper in Proceedings
: Design Education Conference: Stockholm (1997).
Paper in Proceedings
: IMPACT Printmaking Conference: Grahamstown (1995)
Bristol 4 (1997),
Berlin/Poznan (2005).
The Narrative Approach in Art Education: A Case Study (co-authored): International Journal for Art & Design Education (23 [2] 2003); and in Hickman, R. 2008.
Research in Art & Design. Bristol & Chicago: Intellect Books. Contributor: Schoonraad , M&S. 1989.
Companion to South African Cartoonists. Johannesburg: Ad Donker.

Jeff Rankin
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Artist: JEFF RANKIN
Title: White collar criminals III
Size: 54.5 x 26.5 cm
Media: Monoprint & mixed media
Price: R 4 800 Unframed
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