Detail of The Waters of Lethe
Detail of The Waters of Lethe

New release: Print Works, a catalogue of select etchings
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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.

She was the resident artist and administrator of Hard Ground Printmakers' Workshop from 1993 until its closure in 2005. She currently runs her own studio at The Bijou building in Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town. 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. Her work has been inspired by recent trips to Hong Kong and mainland China, where she was part of a group training in Yang Style Tai' Chi Chuan, with Master Ou Rong Ju in Foshan, Guandong Province. Recent trips have been to visit the island of Zanzibar and voyaging to Namibia by boat.


Intagliostudio at the Bijou Building.
Judy Woodborne with Michele Rolestone. (photo courtesy of SA Arttimes)

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.

Woodborne was selected as the ABSA Klein Karroo Kunsfees Festival Artist in 2007. She produced an unusual body 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.

Judy has been working in collaboration with Tarot Reader, Joanne Jardine over the last four years to produce her portfolio of Tarot Card Etchings, a series of 22 etchings of the Major Arcana.  This portfolio has been launched at the S.A. Print Gallery, and the set can be viewed on this site under the printmaking category.


Obtained B.A.F.A with first class pass in printmaking.
(University of Cape Town)

Completed postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Fine Art,
which was awarded with distinction. (UCT)

Awarded Master of Fine Arts Degree with distinction. (UCT)

  • 1987  - Class medal, UCT.
  • 1988  - Professional category of the Credits '88 Competition.
  • 1988 -  Merit award, Rolfes' Impressions Exhibition.
  • 1988 -  MacIver Scholarship.(UCT).
  • 1989  - Katrine Harries Print Cabinet Award.
  • 1989 -  MacIver Scholarship.(UCT).
  • 1989 -  Jules Kramer Music and Fine Arts Grant.(UCT)
  • 1990  - Merit Award, Volkskas Atelier Competition.
  • 1990 - Swan Young Artists Award.
  • 1990 - Jules Kramer and McIver Scholarships
  • 1990 -  H.S.R.C. Grant.
  • 1990 -  UCT Research Grant.
  • 1991 -  MacIver Scholarship.(UCT)
  • 1991 -  H.S.R.C. Grant.
  • 1992  - MacIver Scholarship.(UCT)
  • 1992 -  Jules Kramer Music and Fine Arts Grant.(UCT)
  • 1996  - Foundation for the Creative Arts Grant.
  • 2007 - Invited as Festival Artist for the Klein Karoo Kunsfees,Oudtshoorn, Western Cape.
  • 2012 - Awarded a funding grant from the NAC
  • 2013 - Awarded a funding grant from the NAC


  • 1996 Spent three months at the Cite des Artes, Paris, France.
  • 2000 Residency at the Graffische Werkstatt im Traklhaus,   Salzburg, Austria
  • 2002 Residency at the Graffische Werkstatt im Traklhaus, Salzburg, Austria.
  • 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 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)
Her works are in many private collections in the U.K., Europe, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, America and South Africa.

  • The Music Box, a series of eight etchings.Judy Woodborne. 1989.
  • The Katrine Harries Print Cabinet Catalogue. 1992.
  • Moria, a Eulogy of Folly. A graphic interpretation of aspects of the nature of Carnival.1993.
  • Day and Night, a series of etchings.Judy Woodborne. 1994.
  • The Body Politic, a series of colour etchings by Woman Printmakers. Curated by Judy Woodborne (South Africa) and Prof Teresa Cole (USA). 1996/7.
  • The Levee, a portfolio of prints by 29 International Artists. Curated by Peter Calvert, Quebec, Canada. 1997.
  • 'Break the Silence', International Aids Portfolio, curated by Jan Jordaan, Durban Technikon. 2002
  • 'Art for Humanity', portfolio of graphic works by woman artists (for childrens' rights), curated by Jan Jordaan, Durban Technikon. 2006
  • 'Playing Card Portfolio', curated by Veerle Rooms in collaboration with the Frans Masareel Centre. 2000.
  • "Exquisite Corpse", a portfolio of 16 etchings by 8 artists, Judy Woodborne, Julia Teale, Eunice Geustyn, Diane Victor, Theo Kleynhans, Paul Birchall, Chris Diedericks and Richard Kilpert. Curated and published by Judy Woodborne. Sponsored by Sanlam. 
  • The Tarot Card Portfolio, a series of 22 etchings of the Major Arcana. 2012 .
  • Print Works, a catalogue of selected etchings by Judy Woodborne. (November 2012)

Water Element, a series of paintings inspired by travels to Zanzibar and Namibia. The Cape Gallery.
Persephone's Tears/Water element, and exhibiotn of oil paintings, Artspace, Johannesburg.

Water, Fire and Ice - a series of paintings representing the elements inspired by my travels.  The Cape Gallery, May.
The Tarot Card Portfolio - a series of 22 etchings, the S.A. Print Gallery, 109 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock.

The Elements, an exhibition of oil paintings, IS Art, Franschoek.
Collected Works, a selection of etchings. The Cape Gallery , Cape Town.
The Elements, a series of circular paintings, Rust-en-Vrede, Durbanville.

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

Alchemical Diagrams and Shadow Boxes, 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

In the Shadow of the Mountain
An exhibition of landscape paintings, 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.

Bread and Circus
An exhibition of etchings and watercolour drawings, 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, 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.


Art on Paper exhibition, Kalk Bay Modern. Cape Town
Paper Exhibition, I.S. Art, Franschoek.
Miniatures exhibition, Rust-en-Vrede, Durbanville.

This is the Sea, a group contemporary exhibition, Casa Labia, Muizenburg.

Graphic Arts from the World. Africa
Miêdzynarodowe Centrum Sztuk Graficznych
(International Centre for Graphic Arts)
Poland. Krakow, Rynek G³ówny 29, 2nd floor
26.02.2013 – 21.03.2013

Cape Town Art Fair, represented by The Cape Gallery at The Lookout, V & A Waterfront Cape Town, tel:(021) 702 2280. 25 - 27 October 2013.
International Printmaking Biennial of Douro. Av. Teixeira de Sousa, 15. 5070-012 Allio, Portugal.
This is the Sea, a group contemporary exhibition at the Casa Labia Gallery, Muizenburg. Opens 19 October. 192 Main Rd, Muizenburg. Tel:(021) 7886068
Iosif Iser, International Contemporary Engraving Biennial Exhibition, 10th Edition 2013.
The "Ion Ionescu-Quintus" Art Museum of Prahova Country. Ploesti-100028, Romania. Bulevardul Independentei
Print exhibition at Youngblood, Beautiful Life Building, 87 Bree St, Cape Town. Opening 5 December



Ceramic Exhibition, I.S. Art, Franschoek
Print 2012, curated by Gabriel Clark-Brown, The Art Fair, Johannesburg.

Spectrum, curated by Carol Lee, Upstairs @ Bamboo, Melville, Johannesburg.
Bloom, curated by Margie Murgatroyd, Casa Labia, Muizenburg.

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
Touches and Tastes, I.S. Art, Franschoek.
Printworks, These 4 Walls, Observatory.
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, an 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, 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 Assocoation 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
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,
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,
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,
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 Collection.
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.


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