Amanda van Gils
Man and Boy
October 11 - October 25 2014
Departing from her now signature ‘motion' landscapes, Amanda van Gils' new works reintroduce the figure. In passages of mottled light and active brushwork, the paintings make commentary on how the proliferation of digital technology has influenced the way we record and recall experience.
"I am interested in photography and how the advent of digital technology has changed our behaviour toward capturing imagery. I can easily remember having a roll of 12 exposure film and every shot being so precious because of the costs of film and printing. Photos were thus usually limited to special occasions. And now we are all running around, checking the scenery in front of us through the phone or camera, taking photos at a whim and posting them on Facebook, Instagram etc. Our behaviour has really changed and very quickly.
The paintings in Man and Boy document the capturing of moments deemed important to the photographer. The Man and Boy appearing in some of the images in this exhibition clearly have a strong familial bond. After sifting through a vast array of my own photographs, I recreated in paint those images that I wanted to make all the more more precious and long lasting.
The hash tags incorporated into the titles of the works serve to indicate that these images have been shared on social media. No longer confined to shoe boxes and family albums, today's incessant capturing and sharing of photographs blurs the boundaries between private and public."
Amanda van Gils August 2014
Originally from Melbourne, Amanda van Gils relocated to Queensland in 2010. She obtained a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2000 and a Bachelor of Art in Fine Arts at Monash University Melbourne in 1989.
Since graduating from the VCA in 2000, van Gils has exhibited in close to 100 exhibitions in Australia, Berlin, New York and Hong Kong. Van Gils was named in 'Top 100 Artists', Year In Review, New York 2010, won the Art Interviews 4th International Online Artist Competition, Berlin in 2006 and the Prize of Excellence, Real-Time Global Art Annual, Artoteque, London that same year. She has been a Finalist in a great number of national art prizes which include: Moreton Bay Art Award, Pine Rivers Gallery, Brisbane 2014, 2012, 2011 (Merit Award: 2D Category); Norvill Art Prize, Murrundi NSW 2012; Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Queensland 2011; 41st Musswellbrook Open Art Prize, Musswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW 2011; Lethbridge 10,000, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane 2010; Art Kudos International Exhibition, USA 2010, 2009, 2006; Whyalla Art Prize, South Australia 2009, 2007; Fleurieu Art Prize South Australia 2008; John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria 2008; Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane 2008; Mosman Art Prize, Sydney 2008; Wyndham City Contemporary Art Prize, Victoria 2004, 2003; The Hutchins Art Prize, Hobart 2003; City of Banyule Works on Paper Art Award, Melbourne 2003; Darebin La Trobe Acquisitive Art Prize Melbourne 2003; Smorgon Steel Contemporary Art Prize, Melbourne 2003.
Her work has been seen in publications including, Vogue Living, Queensland's Sunday Mail and the Berlin produced Mimosa Extra. Collections holding her work include: Greenslopes Private Hospital, Gold Coast University Hospital, Monash University, Chisholm Institute of TAFE and various private collections in Australia and overseas.
In addition to her own practice, van Gils has curated exhibitions, most recently the Exchange exhibition which incorporated an art swap amongst 55 artists from around Australia at Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough Qld (2011) and in 2010 the Net Work exhibition involving 38 contemporary artists at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
The exhibition 'Amanda van Gils - Man and Boy' is showing at Anthea Polson Art, Shop 120 Mariners Cove, Seaworld Drive Main Beach QLD 4217 (next to Marina Mirage), from October 11 - October 25 2014