Amanda has created a vast body of work segmented into series with distinctive styles that she hopes will be seen by the viewer as an invitation to reflect upon their own personal projections and identifications. Her six series and large scale masterworks pursue an evolving psychological narrative and include themes related to human interaction, gender roles and relations and the intersection between perception and reality.
Amanda has shown her series in public galleries including the McIntosh Gallery and the Woodstock Gallery and has had commercial representation in Ontario and Quebec. She is currently represented by Circle Arts Gallery and is a regular exhibitor of the London Artist Studio Tour. Amanda received the Jurors Choice award for two of her paintings by Michael Gibson of the Gibson Gallery at a Woodstock Annual art competition and is an awarded grant recipient from the Ontario Arts Council Amanda is a self-taught artist and an occupational therapist and a trained classical singer. Recordings of her voice have reached both the finals and semi finals in the 2017 Canadian Songwriting Competition; her recordings can be accessed on iTunes and Soundcloud and video collaborations of her music and art on YouTube.
Amanda was born and lived in England and then moved between the United States, Brazil and Canada as a child. She obtained her professional degree at the University of Toronto and then settled in London, Ontario in 1992. She remains in London committed to an ongoing exploration of the synergies between her passions for art, music and occupational therapy
Biography Courtesy of Mike Gibbon.
I have created six distinct series of work: Proxemics and Body Language On Stage (The Mannequin People), It’s in the Bag, Layers of the Feminine, Eyes of the Cat, Views of a Tourist, and Light Through the Trees, These paintings are an evolving psychological narrative exploring ideas about human interaction, gender roles and relations and the intersection between perception and reality. Each group of paintings is meant to be viewed in its entirety and each series can also be seen to bad into the next and fit within the context of a larger overarching narrative. I am particularly interested in the rose (or perhaps grey) tint of our own glasses and how we separate truth from illusion in how we perceive each other and our circumstances. My hope is that my artwork ultimately provokes questions without necessarily providing or demanding answers and is received as an invitation to reflect upon each of our own projections and areas of identification.
Artist Statement Courtesy of Amanda Rowe
Biography Profile Photo: Mike Gibbon
Amanda Rowe with her work:
Red Head 2001
oil on canvas, 76.2 x 60.96 cm.
Courtesy of Amanda Rowe