Amanda Watson is an emerging artist who holds a BFA from the Elam School of Fine Arts and currently working towards her MVA in painting (2019) at WINTEC. Watson regularly exhibits across New Zealand and overseas, her work features in collections both nationally and internationally and she was a finalist in the 2015 and 2019 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award.
Amanda’s painting practice explores ideas of experience, memory, and connection to place, and specifically, places in the natural environment that have a sense of familiarity to her. She enjoys the interaction between herself as artist, the site, and materials in the making of her work, almost like the assemblages of these things offer the opportunity for the work to be produced. The paintings explore her relationship with the land, and her navigation through it, in tactile and self-referential ways. She does this by spending time in landscape sites to draw, photograph, film, and paint.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, 1996
Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies, Massey University, 2016
Summer School at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, 2018
Masters in Visual Arts (painting), WINTEC, 2019
University of Waikato Art Collection, New Zealand
Waikato Museum Art Collection, New Zealand
Finalist, New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2019
Merit Award, Hibiscus & Bays Art Award 2018
Finalist, Walker & Hall Art Award 2018
Finalist, Estuary Art & Ecology Prize 2018
Finalist, Hibiscus & Bays Art Award 2017
Finalist, New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2015
Long-listed for the international Aesthetica Art Prize 2015
Finalist, Northshore City Art Awards, Mairangi Bay Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, 1995