Amanda Wall Biography

Amanda Wall is an American contemporary figurative painter whose practice addresses conflicts within bodily existence. Using personal photographs as references, Wall's paintings descend into surreal fantasies that frame the body's most vulnerable parts.

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Early Years

Wall was born in Hood River, Oregon and studied interior architecture and design in Seattle. She had a career in fashion and design, working in roles including stylist, art director and creative director, before returning to painting in 2019. Wall is a self-taught painter. She works in Los Angeles, California, where she has lived for a decade.

Wall recognises the 'isolation' and 'feeling of attainable fantasies' in LA as aligning with her artistic style.

Amanda Wall Artworks

Often monumental in scale, Wall's oil paintings explore the 'limits of intimacy' in a way that envelops the viewer. Her energetic brushstroke, graphic style, and startling use of colour, paired with the framing of fleshy, often nude or partially clothed bodies reflects a process that is unplanned but guided by a specific emotion or subject, usually originating from personal photographic references.

Wall's distinctive palette includes glossy, fleshy tones that clash with candy floss pinks and lurid neons. She describes her fascination with 'Pepto Bismol pink' beginning in childhood, recalling a nightmare at the age of five in which she dreamed of the colour. Deliberately using colours that 'feel a bit wrong', Wall creates additional tension in her voyeuristic compositions.

Juicy

Wall's exhibition Juicy (2021) at The Cabin in Los Angeles presented an intimate collection of works in a cottage-like structure in the backyard of artist Danny First's residence. Central to the exhibition was the large-scale painting Baby New Year (2021), which portrays a female figure, nude all but for one sock, crouched beneath neon pink translucent plastic and scattered with silver confetti.

In much of Wall's artworks, the painting reveals as much as it obscures in terms of meaning. Backgrounds bleed into figures, and limbs and figures are unrealistically twisted and contorted. Bent (2020) shows a pair of feminine legs in stilettos, with one leg twisted around the other against the crimson background. Similarly, Puddle (2020) shows two figures disintegrating into a silvery pool, toying with focus suggestive of looking through frosted glass. The black thigh-high boots worn by the standing figure are crisply defined, while the figures' heads and bodies are blurred at the edges.

Transparent Textures

Along with Wall's dreamlike, sensual treatment of the figure, transparent objects and materials such as reflective glass, plastic, and water are recurring motifs in her practice. Empty (2020) shows the artist staring through a half-empty wine glass, her face warped and distorted beyond recognition.

Blue Bouquet (2020) displays a figure curled up behind a newly bought bunch of flowers, with one eye visible through the clear plastic wrapping. Wall's use of bright white highlights demarcates the tangibly thin wrapping from the figure's face which melts into the background.

Exhibitions

Amanda Wall's first solo exhibition Juicy opened at The Cabin, Los Angeles in 2021.

Group exhibitions include Salon de Peinture, Almine Rech, New York (2021); Reflections: Human/Nature, Gana Art, Seoul (2021); Frieze Viewing Room: New York, Anat Ebgi (2021); Pt 2: Invasive Species, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles (2021); The Artist is Online, König Galerie, Berlin (2021); To Paint is to Love Again, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles (2020).

Website and Instagram

Amanda Wall's website can be found here and her Instagram here.

Annie Curtis | Ocula | 2021

Exhibition view: Amanda Wall, Angel Food, Anat Ebgi, Mid Wilshire (11 December–29 January 2022). Courtesy Anat Ebgi.

Amanda Wall Featured Artworks

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Knees by Amanda Wall contemporary artwork painting
Amanda Wall Knees, 2021 Oil on linen
152.4 x 121.9 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Butterflies by Amanda Wall contemporary artwork painting
Amanda Wall Butterflies, 2021 Oil on linen
76.2 x 61 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Blow up heart by Amanda Wall contemporary artwork painting
Amanda Wall Blow up heart, 2021 Oil on linen
152.4 x 182.9 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Flame by Amanda Wall contemporary artwork painting
Amanda Wall Flame, 2021 Oil on linen
152.4 x 121.9 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Sky Baby by Amanda Wall contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Amanda Wall Sky Baby, 2021 Oil on linen, framed
9 x 11 inches (incl frame)
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery
Night Baby by Amanda Wall contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Amanda Wall Night Baby, 2021 Oil on linen, framed
9 x 11 inches
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery
Red Baby by Amanda Wall contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Amanda Wall Red Baby, 2021 Oil on linen, framed
9 x 11 inches
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery
Sorry by Amanda Wall contemporary artwork painting
Amanda Wall Sorry, 2021 Oil on linen
101.6 x 76.2 cm
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery

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