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About Amanda Robins
I am a painter who also does drawings. I have always been interested in art as a way of exploring self. I enjoy experimenting with ideas and materials and am fascinated by the possibilities of oil paint and watercolour - being in the studio is like becoming a child again - free to play and explore without restriction or expectation.
I studied painting and drawing at Monash University, the Victorian College of the Arts and the College of Fine Art, UNSW. I have also taught painting and drawing at a range of tertiary institutions in Australia. From 2006-2009, I was Head of Painting and Drawing at the South Australian School of Art in Adelaide, South Australia.
I currently work with young people and artists as a psychotherapist in private practice as well as painting part-time.

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Education

I studied painting and drawing at Monash University, the Victorian College of the Arts and the College of Fine Art, UNSW. I have also taught painting and drawing at a range of tertiary institutions in Australia. From 2006-2009, I was Head of Painting and Drawing at the South Australian School of Art in Adelaide, South Australia.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011 Valency, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick
2007 Second Skins MARS Gallery, Melbourne
2006 What Lies Beneath, Tin Sheds, Sydney
2002 Hypochondria Series, Mary Street Studios, Sydney
2001 bodymaps, Mary Street Studios, Sydney
1998 Crawford Gallery, Sydney
1995 Introit, Crawford Gallery, Sydney
1993 Snedronningen, Studio 12 at 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne
1991 Gore Street Gallery, Melbourne
1989 Gore Street Gallery, Melbourne

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011 Touch Too, UTS Gallery, Sydney
Bayside: Live, work, play, Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Melbourne
Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing PLC Sydney
2010 Constellations, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Tallinn Drawing Triennial, Estonia
Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing PLC Sydney
City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
The Sense of Touch, Macquarie University Art Gallery, NSW
2008 The Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
House of Phillips Fine Art Drawing Prize, Sydney
Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing PLC Sydney
2007 Stilled – exhibition to accompany the 75 Sylvia Plath Symposium, Oxford, UK
Quirk, SASA Gallery, Fenn Place, Adelaide
Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing (Highly Commended), PLC, Croydon, NSW
2006 Chinese Whispers Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
Works on Paper by Lecturers from the South Australian School of Art, China
2005 Dobell Prize for Drawing 2005, Art Gallery of NSW
2004 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Gallery (touring) Hutchins Art Prize, Hobart, The Alice Prize, Alice Springs, The Year in Art, S.H Ervin Gallery; Tim Olsen Drawing Prize, COFA
2003 Deeper Draughts Sir Herman Black Gallery, University of Sydney
The Dobell Prize for Drawing 2003, Art Gallery of NSW
Ten Years of the Dobell Prize for Drawing, Art Gallery of NSW
The Kedumba Prize, Wentworth Falls, N.S.W.
The Hazlehurst Art Prize, Sutherland, N.S.W.
The Hutchins Art Prize, Hobart, Tasmania
Series College of Fine Arts, Sydney
Fibres Westside Gallery, Sydney
2002 Jacaranda Aqcuisitive Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Gallery (touring around Australia)
The Hutchins Art Prize, Hobart, Tasmania
The Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Regional Gallery, Vic.
2000 The Hazlehurst Art Prize, Sutherland, N.S.W.
Dobell Prize For Drawing 2000, Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Blake Prize, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
The Hutchins Art Prize, Hobart, Tasmania
The Alice Prize, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1998 The Hutchins Art Prize, The Hutchins School, Sandy Bay, TAS
Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1995 Telling tales- Narrative Elements in Contemporary Art, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne
1994 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Gallery
Portia Geach Memorial Award S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
The Dobell Prize for Drawing Art Gallery Of New South Wales
1992 Third International Biennal Of Pastel Drawing, Saint – Quentin, France
(un) authorised duplication 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne
Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship, Victorian College of the Arts Gallery, Melbourne

Press

AWARDS

2008 House of Phillips Fine Art Drawing Prize
2007 Arts SA project development (new work) grant for Contained
Highly commended, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, PLC, Early Career Researcher Award, Art, Architecture and Design, UNISA
2006-2009 Supported researcher, UNISA
2006 NAVA, Artist’s Grant for QUIRK
2004 UNSW COFA Cite International des Arts Studio
2003 Australian Postgraduate Award
2001 Peoples Choice Award, Hazlehurst Art Award
1999 Faculty Scholarship, National Art School
1996 Project Grant, Visual Arts / Craft Board of the Australia Council
1994 Alice Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Northern Territory, Highly Commended
1991 Project Grant, Visual Arts / Craft Board of the Australia Council
1990 Christine Abrahams Award, Victorian College of the Arts
Drawing Award, Victorian College of the Arts
1989 National Gallery of Victoria, Women’s Society Award
1986 Works on Paper, Chisholm Graduate Show

BIBLIOGRAPHY/PUBLICATIONS

2009 Slow Art ( monograph) VDM, Frankfurt
2008 Beilharz, Kirsty; Vande Moere, Andrew Sonic drapery as a folding metaphor for a wearable visualization and sonification display
Visual Communication, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 271-290, August 2008
Second Skins, ACUADS Research report
Vincent Ciccarello UNISA News, May, SA WINNER Drawing prize
The Advertiser, May 7
2007 Frances Johnson, “Sightlines: A Fresh Coat or Two” The Age, Metro, p.13, July 27th, Rohan Trollope, Fiona Scott-Norman, The Weekend Starts Here: Art,
The Age, July 13th
Wendy Walker, The Australian, April 2, Fringe’s Essence in Vibrant Nutshells; Adam Dutkeivicz, Adelaide Independent Weekly, March 24-30; Stephanie
Radok, Quirk, Adelaide Review, March 16-29
Quirk Catalogue, essays by Pamela Zeplin and Sean Kelly,
2006 Chinese Whispers catalogue, essay by Mike Esson
John MacDonald, “To draw or not to draw: that is the question” Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1
Joanna Mendelssohn, “Fine Art that comes from a broad brush” Higher Education Supplement, The Australian, Wednesday, October 18th
COFA Magazine, Issue 17, Spring 2006, p. 19 PhD Profile: Amanda Robins
‘Amanda Robins: What lies beneath’ Victoria Hynes, The Sydney magazine, Sydney Morning Herald, 23 February
2005 COFA MAGAZINE, January, Summer 05, p.7
2004 JADA Catalogue, The Hutchins Art Prize Catalogue
2003 ‘Battle Lines drawn as some see the light on artwork’, Elizabeth Fortescue, Daily Telegraph, 13 September; The Hutchins Art Prize Catalogue
‘Art prize entries like chalk and cheese’, Heidi Maier, Courier Mail, 7 April; Ten Years of the Dobell Prize for Drawing Catalogue Art Gallery of NSW
Hendrik Kolenberg ‘Drawing the spotlight’ Look Magazine, Art Gallery Society, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2002 Robert Nelson ‘Prize show offers fascinating tour of new directions,’ The Age, 21 September, ‘A perfect night at the Bergs’ William Petley, Sunday Telegraph, 19 May;
2001 ‘Critics picks,’ Victoria Hynes, Sydney Morning Herald, Metro, 24 August
Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award Catalogue, Grafton Regional Gallery
1997 Bruce James, ‘Me, myself an eye’, Sydney Morning Herald, 31 October
1996 ‘The art of you beaut country’ Rita Erlich, The Age, 8 June; Images 3: Contemporary Australian Painting, (cover image) Nevil Drury, Craftsman House, G+B Arts International; ‘Good oil on country canvases’, Zelda Cawthorne, Herald Sun, Nov. 23
1994 (un) authorised duplication Exhibition Catalogue, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne
John McDonald, ‘Dreams of hope and menace’ art review, Sydney Morning Herald, 18th March, Christopher Heathcote, ‘Artist examines burdens put on women’, art review, the Age, Melbourne, 29th April
1992 Public Sphere, Private Space, Exhibition Catalogue, Linden Gallery, Melbourne
1989 International Biennial of Pastel Drawing, exhibition catalogue

RESIDENCIES

2005 Cite International Des Arts, Paris
1995 Residency and scholarship in Gunnery studios, Sydney
1992-1994 Studio Artist, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne

Influences

German expressionism, Munch, Paula Moderson-Becker, Georgia O'keefe, Nolde, Velasquez, the Flemish Primitives, symbolism, Monet, Degas. Far too many to mention!

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