Amanda Jane Aish


About the artist: Born in Taunton, Somerset, England in 1953, Amanda Jane showed promise in art from an early age. Encouraged by her father, Amanda would always spend her spare time sketching and designing. She continues paints in her maiden name to honour him.
Her early career was in window display and ticket writing.

At the age of 17 Amanda received her first commercial commission for the painting of a large mural at the Kurapuni Hotel to mark the towns centennial. The mural still exists and attracts great interest.

After travelling around the world and becoming exposed to multiple cultures, Amanda finally settled in Australia.
Until she married and moved to Heathcote in 1986, Amanda had not had any formal Art training .She started a class with Thelma Cardwell and later with Beryl McCarthey who then introduced her to the McNeil Academy of realist artists. After that Amanda studied oil painting under Lance McNeil for 5 years and exhibited in Bendigo, Echuca and Melbourne.

Till now Amanda’s talents were acknowledged in the form of several awards from the numerous art exhibitions she had entered throughout central Victoria.

In 1998, Amanda moved to Woodend where she later joined the Woodend Art Group. Attending all Marysia Jarosinski’s classes, she was encouraged to explore and experiment with new artistic methods of expression.

Amanda continues travelling this road to discoveries of new mediums and techniques. She is never short of ideas or subjects, getting much inspiration from her rural property in Cobaw Ranges
At present Amanda’s’ works can be viewed at local Galleries, Group Exhibitions and Woodend Walk.

Exhibitions: First painting exhibited in 1971 Open outdoor exhibition in Ashburton, NZ.
1984 Kilmore Agricultural and Pastoral Society Annual Show. First Prize oil or W/C
1990 Kuripunui Hotel Commissioned Centennial Painting depicting Main Street in 1880
Heathcote Golden Grape festivals
1996 1 Nov Harold Baigent Memorial Art Exhibition Highly Commended oil
1997 31 Oct Harold Baigen Memorial Art Exhibition Highly Commended Drawing
2005 26th August Woodend Art Group Prize for Mixed Media
2006 25th August Woodend Art Group Acquisitive Prize
2007 Trentham Art & Craft Show. Highly Commended
2007 24th August Woodend Art Group Best Contemporary Art Work

  
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