Approved: 17.06.2008

Amanda Ansell

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Approved: 17.06.2008

My painting practice explores a sense of place, the fleeting and floating subject and the relationship between painter and nature. From 2003, I created a series of bubble island paintings that marked a distinct departure from earlier abstract surface works which explored two surfaces coming together and 'touching'. The further development of this work in 2006 coincided with a move from London to the Suffolk countryside. Remoteness and early grey mornings accumulated in a body of island paintings depicting foam bubble forms. Painted in abstract seascapes and evoking the forms of icebergs at sea, these fragile forms remind the viewer of the short-lived and are stark reminders of the fragility of island life, life itself and the natural world under threat today.

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  • Location: Sudbury, East
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops
  • Categories: Painting
  • Tags: Painting, Landscape, Oil painting, Water, Suffolk
 

Biography

My painting practice explores a sense of place, the fleeting and floating subject and the relationship between painter and nature. From 2003, I created a series of bubble island paintings that marked a distinct departure from earlier abstract surface works which explored two surfaces coming together and 'touching'. The further development of this work in 2006 coincided with a move from London to the Suffolk countryside. Remoteness and early grey mornings accumulated in a body of island paintings depicting foam bubble forms. Painted in abstract seascapes and evoking the forms of icebergs at sea, these fragile forms remind the viewer of the short-lived and are stark reminders of the fragility of island life, life itself and the natural world under threat today.

Since 2009, my painting has been influenced by frequent visits to the riverside. Last year, I started work on a series I have titled Willow Lands. These explore patterns formed by interlacing sprigs and leaves. Intimate and tangled these semi-abstract works are inspired by the riverside landscape: the tips of the willow branch touching the waters surface, immersive curtains of willow, human intervention, irregular and regular formations and patterns.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

2000 - MFA Painting, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London

1998 - BA Hons Fine Art Painting, Norwich School of Fine Art, Norwich

 

Solo exhibitions

2008 - Recent Paintings, Halesworth Gallery, Suffolk

2006 - Artist Space, Firstsite, Colchester

 

Group exhibitions

2013 - Eastern Open13, Kings Lynn Art Centre, Norfolk

2012 - Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy of Arts, London

2011 - Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, Gallery Violet, London

2011 - Waterline, Waterfront Gallery, UCS, Suffolk

2010 - Dedham Vale Exhibition, Gallery Violet, Essex

2010 - Discovering Art, Melford Hall, National Trust, Suffolk

2009 - New Blood Art Spring Show, Crane Mews, Middlesex

2009 - Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy of Arts, London

2008 - Artsway Open 08, Artsway, Hampshire

2007 - Eastern Open 07, Kings Lynn Art Centre, Norfolk

2006 - Kettle's Yard Open, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge

2002 - Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy of Arts, London

2001 - Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy of Arts, London

2000 - Starstruck, Vertigo, London

 

Competitions, collections, prizes and awards

2012 - ‘Evening Sail’, East Contemporary Art Collection, UCS, Suffolk

2006 - Nominated, Jerwood Contemporary Painters, London

2001 - Shortlisted, Dupree Award for a Woman Artist, Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London

1998 - Arts and Humanities Research Board Bursary, for MFA studies, London