Amanda Marie Artist Biography
Amanda Marie is an American painter and street artist. Her work cleverly straddles a line between comforting and spooky and is characterised by the use of nostalgic storybook-like imagery of children and young people. Amanda Marie studied Illustration at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. She has been living and painting in Colorado since 2001. She had her first gallery show in Denver in 2004 and it all took off from there. She states that her art is "about making something I think is fun and fun to look at.... children, animals, sparkles, splatters, lines, arrows, dots..." Amanda Marie describes herself as a "stencilist" and her large scale Street Art designs are amongst the best examples of graphic stencil work. Her original paintings use a combination of mediums and techniques. Most of her works are mixed media with elements which are screen printed, wheat pasted, drawn and spray painted. She also works with gel transfers and acrylic paint applied by brush and splatter techniques. This complex use of multiple techniques creates an incredible depth and subtlety to her work. Playing on instantly recognizable representations of wholesome American innocence, Amanda Marie destabilizes expectations by placing her well-groomed children in surreal scenarios; hovering in space, floating within geometric diagrams and blasted by expressionist splatters. Other signatures of Amanda Marie's graphic style are the frequent use of "twin imagery", animals and the incorporation of vintage sewing patterns as backgrounds.Her work had been compared to the illustrations of reclusive American writer and artist Henry Joseph Darger who created a 15,145-page manuscript titled "The Story of the Vivian Girls". She has also been heavily influenced by the classic "golden book" era illustrators such as Eloise Wilken, Tibor Gergely and Leonard Weisgard. Amanda Marie has exhibited extensively in the US and Europe, gaining respect from both the Street Art world and Fine Art connoisseurs. In 2012 the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art held a solo exhibition of her work, writing that her stylised figures "seem to have been lifted from the pages of a mid-twentieth century childrenﾒs book and have traded the protective home of childhood nostalgia for a slightly more adventurous and unsettling world, somewhere between dream and reality". Read our editorial featuring Amanda Marie:ﾠIntroducing Amanda Marie.