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Iris Ampenburger - South African Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Iris Ampenburger (1916 - 1981)

Iris Ampenberger was born in Cape Town situated in the Western Cape province of South Africa, 1916 – 1981

Art Education
Iris Ampenberger studied art at Port Elizabeth Tech Art School and Johannesburg Tech Art School in South Africa.

Short Artist Biography
- Iris Ampenberger was married to Stefan Ampenberger, with whom she traveled around South Africa, painting and exhibiting. After settling in Thaba ‘Nchu, she was invited to exhibit with the Bloemfontein Group in 1964. Works in oil and charcoal, some linocuts.
- 1972 Iris Ampenberger designed 7 relief panels for Moroko Hospital, Thaba ‘Nchu, modeled in clay and cast in cement by Stefan Ampenberger.
- 1975 Stricken by illness, which limited subsequent mobility and art activity.
- 1976 Retrospective Art Exhibition in celebration of Iris Ampenberger's 60th birthday, University of Orange Free State, Bloemfontein.

Art Exhibitions
- 1952 Van Riebeeck Tercent Art Exhibition, Cape Town;
- 1961 First one-man art exhibition, Cape Town;
- 1964 Third Quad of South African Art;
- 1965 ‘South African Women Artist’, South African National Art Gallery, Cape Town;
- 1966 ‘The Bloemfontein Group’, South African National Art Gallery, Cape Town; other Bloemfontein Group exhibitions.
- 1969 Quinquennial of South African Art;
- 1978 Retrospective Art Exhibition, University of Orange Free State.

Public Art collections
Pretoria Art Museum; William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberly.

Berman, E. 1994. Art & Artists of South Africa . Southern Book Publishers.

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