The primary interest of Amanda's work is a love of reflection and transparency. The way that light reveals forms underneath water, the enigmatic glow of on skin, or crystalline patterns on rocks are the sources of exploration in her work. The paintings approach light in a delicate way, studying the way our world is built and comprised of layers. Amanda's work aims to reveal the beauty in natural textures and patterns we encounter in the people and nature we encounter daily. The portraits aim to convey a sense of symbolism rather than subjectivity, and aim to represent us as individuals or in relationships with each other or nature, rather than specific people in time. Growing up on the sunshine coast, Amanda was inspired by the grey tide pools with seaweed and the dark salty ocean, and still looks to that scenery to inspire. She currently works and exhibits at The Space Gallery in Yaletown, Vancouver.
Education: 2017 Emily Carr University of Art and Design, BFA, Majoring in Painting.
"Shack Art Centre Charity Benefit and Auction". Howard D Hansen Confrence centre, Vancouver
"Bodies of Salt" Solo Exhibition . Deer Lake Munincipal Gallery, Burnaby B.C.
"Vancouver Mural Fest Artists Group Show". BAF Gallery, East Vancouver
"Group show at Dinêr en Blanc". VanDeusen Gardens Installation, Vancouver
"Group Exhibition Participant". The Space, Yaletown, Vancouver
"Prism" Solo Exhibition. The Whip, East Vancouver
"Children of the Street" Paint and Auction. Yaletown Roundhouse, Yaletown Vancouver.
"The Art Social" Live Painting and Group Exhibition. Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver
"Amanda Smart, Sean Karemaker " Group Exhibition. James black Gallery, East Vancouver
Awards and Public Artist Talks
"CBC Building Purple Stapler's people's Choice Award". CBC Building, Vancouver.
"Women in Arts" Guest Speaker, Thrive Arts, East Vancouver
"Talking about my own practice" Guest Speaker. Burnaby Municipal Gallery
Runner up - Paint in the park. Burnaby Municipal Gallery