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1966, born in Cape Town, South Africa

Born in Cape Town 1966. She obtained her B.A.F.A from Michaelis School of Fine Art in 1988 and an advanced Diploma in Printmaking awarded with Distinction in 1989. Woodborne completed her B.A. with a practical music credit playing flute.  She studied the flute for 15 years completing her Royal Schools and UNISA curriculum studying with teachers such as Gudrun Winkler, Fleuris Coetzee (UCT), and the late Lucien Grujon (UCT).  She was awarded her Masters of Fine Arts Degree with Distinction from the University of Cape Town in 1993 with a dissertation entitled Moria, a Eulogy of Folly. Woodborne was the resident artist and administrator of Hard Ground Printmakers' Workshop from 1993 until its closure in 2005. She has travelled and visited many printmaking workshops in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Austria and has travelled as far south as Tierra del Fuego and the Antarctic Peninsula, crossing the infamous Drake's Passage in an icebreaker. She travelled to Hong Kong and mainland China, where she was part of a group training in Yang Style Tai' Chi Chuan, with Master Au Rong Ju in Foshan, Guandong Province. Her recent series of paintings "The Elements" are inspired by her journeys in the East, Zanzibar and a recent boat trip to Namibia.

Woodborne has spent some time working in various printmaking workshops such as the Grafische Werkstatt im Traklhaus, as well as taking part in collaborative printmaking portfolios with artist/curator Jan Jordaan, working on the Break the Silence HIV Campaign, as well as the Art for Humanity, Woman Artists supporting Childrens' Rights Campaign. Other projects include the Playing Card Portfolio curated by Veerle Rooms, Belgium in collaboration with the Playing Card Museum, Kasterlee, the Body Politic portfolio of colour etchings produced in collaboration with Prof. Teresa Cole, Tulane University, USA, and funded by the Foundation for the Creative Arts (1996). Woodborne was selected as the ABSA Klein Karoo Kunsfees Festival Artist in 2007.  She produced a highly unusual exhibition of paintings on gold-leaf entitled The Garden of Eden.  She recently curated and published a portfolio of 16 etchings, The Exquisite Corpse, based on the theme of Adam and Eve, in collaboration with 7 participating artists. The portfolio was sponsored by Sanlam, and selected for the Klein Karoo Kunsfees 2009.  Her recent portfolio The Tarot Card Portfolio was launched at the South African Print Gallery in September 2012. 

Obtained B.A.F.A with first class pass in printmaking.
(University of Cape Town)
Completed postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Fine Art,
awarded with distinction. (UCT)
Awarded Master of Fine Arts Degree with distinction. (UCT)

Class medal, UCT.

Professional category of the Credits '88 Competition.
Merit award, Rolfes' Impressions Exhibition.
MacIver Scholarship ( UCT)
Katrine Harries Print Cabinet Award.
MacIver Scholarship ( UCT)
Jules Kramer Music and Fine Arts Grant (UCT)
Merit Award, Volkskas Atelier Competition.
Swan Young Artists Award.
Jules Kramer and McIver Scholarships
H.S.R.C. Grant
UCT Research Grant.
MacIver Scholarship ( UCT)
H.S.R.C. Grant
MacIver Scholarship ( UCT)
Jules Kramer Music and Fine Arts Grant (UCT)
Foundation for the Creative Arts Grant

Invited as Festival Artist for the Klein Karoo Kunsfees,
Oudtshoorn, Western Cape.

NAC funding grant


Persephone's Garden; a solo exhibition at The Cape Gallery
Threshold, annual Winter Solstice exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Woordfees at Oude Libertas, Stellenbosch.
Print Exhibition curated by Gabriel Clark-Brown, Rust-en-vrede Gallery, Durbanville, taken to the Art Fair, Johannesburg.
Flesh, The Art Business, Piketberg.
Douro Print Biennale, Portugal.
Art in Clay, I.S. Art, Franschoek.
Print Works, curated by Judy Woodborne, Youngblood Gallery, Cape Town
Turn Around Time, annual Winter Solstice exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Bloom exhibition at Casa Labia Gallery, Muizenburg, curated by Margie Murgatroyd.
Upstairs at Bamboo, Melville, curated by Carol Lee.
Christmas Exhibition, I.S. Art, Franschoek.
Solo exhibition at The Cape Gallery
Continuum, annual Winter Solstice exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Woord Fees, University of Stellenbosch, curated by Theo Kleynhans.
Group exhibition curated by Prof Stephen Finn, Stuart Read Gallery,  Pretoria.
Print, exhibition of selected graphics, S.A. Print Gallery (September).
Touches and Tastes, curated by Ilse Schermers, I.S. Art, Franschoek.
Printworks, exhibition of  Studio Prints, These 4 Walls,   Observatory (November).
Marbella Art Fair, represented by the Cambden Art Gallery, Marbella, Spain.

Woord Fees, University of Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Western Cape curated by Theo Kleynhans.
Walking the Line, a drawing and printmaking exhibition, curated by Teresa Lizamore, Artspace, Johannesburg.
Exquisite Corpse, a portfolio of 16 etchings curated by Judy Woodborne. Selected for the Klein Karoo Kunsfees, Oudtshoorn, SA.

"Encounter" Exhibition curated by Carol Lee, Johannesburg.
Postcard II, Curated by Wendy Roux, Off the Wall Gallery, Paarl.
"Baring", curated by Eunice Geustyn, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.
Cultivaria FNB Private Clients Exhibition, Paarl.
PRINT 08, Contemporary Printmaking curated by Sanford Shaman,
The Bell-Roberts Contemporary Gallery, Cape Town.
Angel, Exhibition at Grande Provence Gallery, Franschoek.

Angel, Exhibition at Grande Provence Gallery, Grande Provence Wine Estate, Franschoek.
Fest, curated by Theo Kleynhans, Rust en Vrede Gallery, Cape Town Festival.
St. Sebastian, an exhibition on the theme of the Martyrdom of St Sebastian, Pretoria Association of Arts.
“Evidence”, Upstairs @Bamboo, curated by Carol Lee, Johannesburg.

The Cape Town Festival, Artscape, Cape Town.
The Romantic Landscape, The Cape Gallery as part of the Cape Town Festival.
The Seven Deadly Sins, Rust-en-vrede Art Gallery, Durbanville.
The Spice of Life, Grande Provence Gallery, Grande Provence Estate, Franschhoek.
The Self-portrait, and exhibition of artists' portraits, Chelsea on Mount Pleasant, Darling, Western Cape.
Icon, curated by Carol Lee, Upstairs@Bamboo, Melville,  Johannesburg.
The Annual Art Salon, Rose Korber Art Consultant at the Bay Hotel, Camps Bay, Cape Town.
The Fifth International Mini-Print Biennale, Lessedra, Bulgaria

An exhibition of painted etching plates, Upstairs @ Bamboo, Carol Lee, Melville, Johannesburg.
Landscape, a group exhibition of landscape works, ArtB, Belville Association of Arts, Cape Town.
Landscape, a group exhibition of landscape works, Association of Arts, Pretoria.
The Annual Art Salon, Rose Korber Art Consultant at the Bay Hotel, Camps Bay, Cape Town.

The AA Fair, London (March), U.K.
The Nude, exhibition, Cape Gallery, CT, South Africa
Carol Lee Fine Art, Upstairs @ Bamboo, Johannesburg
Miniature Print Biennale, Poland

Brett Kebbel Art Awards, Cape Town Convention Centre.
The AA Fair, London, U.K.
Trilogy, exhibition hosted by Sanlam, Rust & Vreugd, Art B (Belville).
The Fine Art of Printmaking, Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town.
The 14th Art Salon, Rose Korber Art Consultant, Bay Hotel, Cape Town.
The Christmas exhibition, Thomson Gallery, Johannesburg.
Exhibition of recent works, Art on Paper, Johannesburg.

Exhibition of the Burden Series, The Cape Gallery, Cape Town.

10th Asian Biennial, Silpaka Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Relativities, 4th British International Miniature Print
Exhibition, Bristol, United Kingdom.
Myth, Dream & Fantasy, Oxford Art Weeks, Oxfordshire, England.
Deuxieme Triennale Mondiale d’Estampes, France.
An exhibition of Graphic Works, Traklhaus Workshop, Salzburg, Austria.

Triennale 100 Miast, Museo d’Art Moderna, Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Paper Prayers exhibition of HIV-AIDS Awareness Campaign,
Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.
Contemporary Prints Exhibition, University of Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Western Cape.
Ten Years of Printmaking, Hard Ground Printmakers at the
Sanlam Art Gallery, Belville, Western Cape.
Exhibition of Miniature Graphics, Pretoria Association of
Arts, Pretoria.

Atelier Winners 1986 – 1999, exhibition of award winners of the ABSA/Volkskas Atelier Award over the last 14 Years, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg.

Levee Exhibition, Grinnel College Print and Drawing Study Room, Grinnel, Iowa, USA.
Quartet of Printmakers, Association of Visual Arts, Cape Town.
Exhibition of Graphics by Hard Ground Printmakers, Pretoria.
Association of Arts, Gauteng.
Hard Ground Printmakers Recent Publications, Grahamstown Arts Festival, Eastern Cape.
Triennale 100 Miast, Museum Sztuki Wspolczesnej w Radomiu, Poland.
Triennale 100 Miast,Biuro Wystow Artustucznych.
Triennial Cracow-Nuremburg ’98, Consumentart, Germany.
Exhibition of SA Graphics, Belgium.

The Spheris Gallery, Walpole, New Hampshire, Canada.
Deuxieme Triennale Mondiale d’Estampes, France.
Kogeimura Paper School Gallery, Inomachi, Kochi, Japan.
Musee de Beux-Arts de Sherbrooke, Shebrooke, Quebec.
Hard Ground Printmakers’ Recent Publications, Association for
Visual Arts, Cape Town.
Processes and Practises in Contemporary S.A. Printmaking,
Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.
South African Women Artists, Sasol Museum, Stellenbosch,
Western Cape.
Contemporary Prints, University of Stellenbosch Art Gallery,
Western Cape.
Polish Print Triennial ’97, Gallery of Modern Art, Krakow, Poland.
Exhibition of Printmaking, Bellville Association of Arts, Western Cape.

Exhibition of artists from the Western Cape, Natal
Association of Arts

The colour of change, an exhibition of South African Art (travelling), Mechelen, Belgium.
Contemporary S.A. Art 85 – 95, from the South African National
Gallery Permanent Collection, at the SANG.

Crosscurrents - an exhibition of South African Artists at
Very Special Arts Gallery, Washington, USA. And part of the
exhibition was displayed at the S.A Embassy in Washington.
Celebration, a group exhibition, The Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town
Contemporary Prints exhibition, University of Stellenbosch Art
Gallery, Western Cape.
Exhibition of Women Artists, Paarl Museum, Western Cape.
Exhibition of Women Printmakers, Belgium.
Hamburgisches Museum fur Volkerkunde, Germany – Neue Graphik
aus Sud Afrika.

Solo exhibition, J.E. Stallion Gallery, Louisville, USA.
Invitation exhibition, Stellenbosch University Gallery.
X, Exhibition curated by Malcolm Payne, SAAA, Western Cape.
States of Contrast, contemporary printmaking in S.A., curated
by Professor Charlie Cohan. Exhibited at Florida State
University, and the University of Milwaukee, USA.
Deuxieme Triennale Mondiale d'Estampes, France.
Crosscurrents - an exhibition of South African Artists at the
Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami Beach, Florida, USA.

Solo exhibition, SAAA, Western Cape.
Twenty Prints Portfolio exhibition, SAAA Western Cape.
Etching in South Africa, curated by Hans Fransen, Michaelis
Exhibition of S.A. Art, Canberra Open University, Australia.

Exhibition of Prints, Michaelis Gallery.
The Vita Award exhibition.
Exhibition of S.A. Art, S.A. Embassy, Singapore.

Printmakers exhibition, SAAA, Western Cape.
The Triennial exhibition.
Two-person exhibition, The Market Gallery.

Solo exhibition, Chelsea Gallery.
Standard Bank Drawing Exhibition.
The Critic's Choice, exhibition at the Association of Arts,
Western Cape.
The International Graphic Exposition, Nice, France.

Rolfes' Impressions, Pretoria Art Museum.           


Artspace Gallery, Johannesburg (May)
The Pretoria Association of Arts (February)

The Elements - water, series of paintings, The Cape Gallery
The Tarot Card Series, the SA Print Gallery, Cape Town
This exhibition taken to the Casa Labia Gallery, Muizenburg in December.

The Elements, a series of paintings, IS Art, Franschoek. (March) Collected Works, a selection of etchings and works on paper, The Cape Gallery         
The Elements, exhibition of paintings, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville

Solve et Coagula exhibition, a collaboration with ceramic artist, John Bauer, and the Tarot card Series   at the Cape Gallery.
Paperworks & China boxes, Rust-en-Vrede, Durbanville, C.T.
Paperworks exhibition, Artspace Gallery, Johannesburg (October).

Alchemical Diagrams and Shadow Boxes, Recent graphic works and paintings at the Cape Gallery, Cape Town.      
Shadow Boxes, Perspex engraving and paper constructions at Rust-en-Vrede, Durbanville.

Recent Works, An exhibition of recent paintings and graphic works at the Cape Gallery, Cape Town.

The Garden of Eden, An exhibition of Paintings, Absa Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunsfees, Oudtshoorn  Invited as Festival Artist.

In the shadow of the Mountain, An exhibition of landscape paintings and etchings portraying views of Table Mountain and surrounds.The Cape Gallery, Church Street, Cape Town.

The Life of Everyman Suite, A series of recent etchings, The Cape Gallery, Cape Town

Recent Etchings,The Life of Everyman, a suite of etchings and the Songline Series, Art on Paper, Johannesburg

Parade of the Ridiculous, Art on Paper, Johannesburg.
Songlines – and exhibition of multiple plate and colour etchings The Cape Gallery, Cape Town.

Adam and Eve, An exhibition of graphic works and watercolours, Oxford Art Weeks, Oxfordshire, U.K.

Exhibition of Graphics, Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg, Austria.

Exhibition of Recent Works, Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town.

An exhibition of miniature etchings, the Huppertz Gallery, C.T.

Bread and Circus, An exhibition of etchings and watercolour drawings, The Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.
An exhibition of monochromatic and miniature etchings, Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town.

Exhibition of etchings, The J.E. Stallion Gallery, Louisville, USA.

Moria, a Eulogy of Folly, A series of etchings submitted for the M.A.F.A Degree, the Association for Visual Art, Cape Town.

Exhibition of The Music Box Etchings The Market Gallery, Johannesburg.

Exhibition of Etchings, The Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg, Cape Town.
The Katrine Harries Print Cabinet, University of Cape Town.
Johannes Stegman Art Collection, Bloemfontein (O.F.S.)
Telkom Art Collection
Human Science Research Centre Collection, Pretoria
Investec Bank
Sasol Art Collection.
Volskas Bank
Sanlam Corporate Art Collection
The National Gallery.
UNISA Art Collection.
South African Libraries Collection of Artworks.
The Natal Technikon Art Collection.
The Nelson Mandela Art Museum (formerly the George VI Art Gallery).
The Durban Art Gallery.
The University of Stellenbosch Art Collection.
Engen Art Collection.
Muzeum Narodowe W Warszzawie, Poland
Musee d’art Contemporain of Chamalieres, France
Grinnel College Permanent Art Collection, Grinnel Iowa, USA
The Oliewenhuis Art Collection, Bloemfontein.
The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, USA.
(This acquisition was facilitated by Sue Lipschitz)
The collection of the Secretary of Parliament (South Africa)
The World Bank (Collection of Dr. Mamphele Ramphele)
MOMA Gallery, USA ('Break the Silence' Print Portfolio)

My work is in many private collections in Europe, America, Saudi Arabia and the U.K.


The Music Box, a series of eight etchings, by Judy Woodborne.

The Katrine Harries Print Cabinet Catalogue.

Moria, a Eulogy of Folly. A graphic interpretation of aspects of the nature of Carnival.

Day and Night, a collaborative series of etchings by Judy Woodborne.

The Body Politic, a series of colour etchings by Woman Printmakers. Curated by Judy Woodborne (South Africa) and Prof Teresa Cole (USA).

The Levee, a portfolio of prints by 29 International Artists, Curated by Peter Calvert, Quebec, Canada.

'Break the Silence', International Aids Portfolio, curated by Jan Jordaan, Durban Technikon.

'Art for Humanity', portfolio of graphic works by woman artists (for childrens' rights), curated by Jan Jordaan, Durban Technikon.

'Playing Card Portfolio', curated by Veerle Rooms in collaboration with the Frans Masareel Centre.

"Exquisite Corpse", a portfolio of 16 etchings by 8 artists, Judy Woodborne, Julia Teale, Eunice Geustyn, Diane Victor, Thoe Kleynhans, Paul Birchall, Chris Diedericks and Richard Kilpert. Curated and published by Judy Woodborne. Sponsored by Sanlam.

5 Portraits, a collaboration with Sophie Peters to produce a                  portfolio of 5 etchings, portraits of Lionel Davis, Sue Williamson,
Peter Clark and two  incomplete etchings.

The Tarot Card Portfolio, a series of 22 etchings produced in collaboration with Tarot Reader, Joanne Jardine.

Exquisite Corpse, 16 etchings on the theme of Adam and Eve. Text by Stefan Hundt and Judy Woodborne. 2009. ISNB 978-0-620-44705-8.

Print Works, a catalogue of select etchings by Judy Woodborne.

Spent three months at the Cite des Artes, Paris, France.
Residency at the Graffische Werkstatt im Traklhaus, Salzburg, Austria
Residency at the Graffische Werkstatt im Traklhaus, Salzburg, Austria.

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Title: Cloud Over Table Mountain
Size: 14.5 x 40 cm
Media: Etching
Price: R 1 130 Unframed

'Solve et Coagula' EXHIBITION

This exhibition comprises two collaborations, one with astrologer Joanne Jardine to produce the Tarot Deck, and the other is an extension of this project, in collaboration with John Bauer, the Potter.

I have been working over the last year with astrologer, Joanne Jardine collaborating on a deck of Tarot cards.  The idea of creating my own Tarot Deck, started during my research for my MFA Thesis - Moria, A Eulogy of Folly, when I began looking at Alchemical Engravings from the Mutus Liber, Robert Fludd and Nicholas Flamel engravings, and viewing various Tarot Decks, such as the Visconti Deck (circa 1450), the well known and most widely used Rider- Waite and the Marseilles Deck. These influenced my works from that period, most obviously with the large etching; The Empress and the Wheel of Fortune. It has taken me over 10 years to begin with the card project again, and in my research, I have referred mostly to the format of the Marseilles Deck (circa 1748), with additional reference to Aleister Crowley's Book of Thoth, which describes in detail his interpretation of the Tarot.  Other influences have been an ongoing interest in Alchemical Texts, the writings of Johannes Fabricius, Eliphas Levi and Robert Allen Bartlett, amongst many more.
Joanne Jardine has a B.A. Psychology degree from UNISA, and has worked as a spiritual counsellor through Tarot for 15 years.  Joanne can be contacted on 072 143 0852.

The collaborative work with Johan Bauer lies more on the side of Alchemy.  John has taken some of my Tarot etchings, re-organised the design into clay and porcelain and in his own magical way, transformed them with his knowledge of metals and glazes in his furnace. The product of my creative imagination has become calcined in the kiln and recreated in another medium. Solve et Coagula - the artwork has undergone a cycle of life, death and rebirth, exalting matter in Alchemical tradition.

IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOUNTAIN EXHIBITION held at the Cape Gallery 04.06.06 08.07.06

This exhibition comprises a selection of images of Table Mountain, Lions Head and Devil's Peak from various viewpoints made over the last few years. Having lived in Cape Town for most of my life, the Mountain, whether hiking, walking in Newlands Forest or viewed from a distance has always been a landmark. One is always aware of the mountain, the shifting play of light and colour, the richness of the winter colour, the changing moods and of course the perpetually changing sky and clouds. One can look at the mountain and watch a season of weather patterns passing over in one day. It is the inexperienced hiker that sets out on a beautiful sunny day and neglects to take jacket/jersey in their rucksack. The monumental quality of the mountain, the sense of permanence oblivious to the erosion of time and the constantly changing moods;the wonderful quality of the clouds wrapping the mountain obscuring the well-known table from view, to the deep orange/green-grey of a hot summer's day starkly highlighting the rockface, the moodiness and brooding quality of a winter sky with cloud shrouding the mountain all serve as inspiration for this series of paintings and etchings.

Born in Cape Town 1966. She obtained her B.A.F.A from Michaelis School of Fine Art in 1988 and an advanced Diploma in Printmaking awarded with Distinction in 1989. She was awarded her Masters of Fine Arts Degree with Distinction from the University of Cape Town in 1993 with a dissertation entitled Moria, a Eulogy of Folly.

THE Burden series exhibition held at the Cape Gallery 03.04.05 - 23.04.05

Judy is an established printmaker. She produced a series of etchings entitled: “The Burden”, a light hearted view of the human condition. In addition, she has been working in a technique of mezzotint, and has produced a series of rich, velety etchings depicting the nude.
Woodborne has been involved in a exchange programme where she was in residency in Salzburg, Austria. She was invited to exhibit in the Galeria im Traklhaus while there. Woodbourne’s work is represented in many public collections such as the Grafische Werkstatt, Austria, Smithsonian Institute, USA. Musee’d Art Contemporain of Chamalieres, France, Grinnell College Permanent Art Collection, Grinnell, Iowa, USA and the International Print Triennial Society Collection, Krakow, Poland.


The Garden of Eden is not only a reference to mankind's creation but used as a construct for representing the idea of beauty in the natural world - observations of the human form and of flora.  I have taken the idea of traditional icons and adapted the use of gold foil as a substrate for my paintings to evoke the preciousness and lustre of a medieval icon. The Japanese tradition of painting on gold-leaf - such as the works from the Rimpa tradition and the flamboyant gold paintings from the Edo period, pictures of the "floating world", serve as inspiration.  My training as a printmaker working with metals and acids has evoked an interest in Alchemy and the idea of the artist as a modern day alchemist. The artist, not so much interested in turning base metals into gold, but rather the process of using ordinary materials and the inspiration of the world around us to create an artwork of beauty and value through the creative/alchemical process of the artist's vision. And in the new series of works, Celestial Bodies and Alchemical Diagrams, I have extended my interests from creation mythology to looking at the cosmos - the celestial canopy of constellations and universes that for all time has inspired a wondering in the consciousness of mankind.

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