Langdown, Amos (1930 – 2006)

Amos langdown was a graphic artist and painter of landscapes, town scenes, genre and figures. Langdown
produced lithographs, woodcuts, etchings, drypoints, monotypes and copper engravings as well as paintings in oil.

Amos Langdown, who was born at Plettenberg Bay in 1930, initially studied privately under the guidance of
Katherine Harries. In 1961 a solo exhibition in Cape Town earned him a bursary from the Cape Three-Century
Foundation, and during 1963-64 he furthered his studies at the Rijks Academy in Amsterdam, especially with
regard to a large number of painting techniques. In 1988 he completed a B A degree at the University of Port
Elizabeth.

Amos Langdown worked in various media, but showed a preference for oil painting. His paintings show a deep
understanding of and sympathy for the people and events in the world surrounding him. The artist participated
in various international exhibitions, for example Munich, Germany, The Venice Biennale in Italy and the Sub-
Saharan African Exhibition that toured U S A for a year. All the works in the latter exhibition were eventually sold
and can be seen at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. His works also forms part of several overseas and
local collections, and his many solo exhibitions included one at the University of Port Elizabeth in 1988.

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