In dreamy whimsical tones, evocative of the landscape as seen through a slumber’s daze, Amanda Tye captures Sydney’s landscape in oil on canvas. Based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, she is inspired by the natural world as a way to escape and retreat from the busyness of everyday life—her works inspire us to be in the moment.

Tye studied Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales, graduating in 2000. She then went on to complete her Bachelor of Art Education and taught Visual Arts and photography for 15 years — all while practising her painting. In 2017, she left teaching to pursue a full-time career as an artist, and now has a studio surrounded by bushland.

By sectioning the view into shapes, Tye depicts an emotional yet fragmented response to her surroundings. The artist shares that she is interested in a practice that swings between responding to the world as she experiences it and a creative process that happens outside her conscious awareness. A juxtaposition develops in the artworks, amplified through our engagement with city life, especially one poised between the ocean and bush.

 "...for me painting is about escapism and freedom; coupled with music, it is an obsession, a habit, returning each day to do better, to be better... striving to create that something I haven't yet, something more... something good enough... but without experiences fuelled by the magic of the natural and man made world, there wouldn't be anything to give" ~ Amanda Tye

Tye has been a finalist in the Northern Beaches Art Prize 2021  Southern Buoy Landscape Prize 2020, Glover Art Prize 2019, The Fleurieu Art Prize 2018, Mosman Art Prize 2015, and twice winner of the People’s Choice Warringah Art Prize (Northern Beaches Art Prize). She has had solo shows at Thienny Lee Gallery, Edgecliff and Sydney Road Gallery, Balgowlah. Tye’s work is held in collections across the world and is often used by interior designers for styling.


-Emma Kate Wilson




2002          Bachelor of Art Education:  College of Fine Arts, University of NSW

2000          Bachelor of Fine Arts:  College of Fine Arts, University of NSW



2021           Finalist Northern Beaches Environmental Art Prize, Manly Art Gallery & Museum

2020           Finalist Southern Buoy Landscape Prize Melbourne

2019           Finalist Glover Prize, Tasmania

2019           Home Affairs, Manly Art Gallery and Museum Sydney

2019           The Other Art Fair Sydney

2018           Finalist Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize: Stump Hill Gallery, Adelaide

2017           Land: Manly Art Gallery and Museum Sydney

2012-17      Finalist Northern Beaches Art Prize Sydney

2015           Winner Peoples Choice Award: Warringah Art Prize General Category Sydney

2011           Finalist Mosman Art Prize: Mosman Art Gallery Sydney

2010           Winner Peoples Choice Award: Warringah Art Prize General Category


2022           Solo: Pink Antidote, Sydney Road Gallery Sydney

2022           Group Show: Hake House of Art Sydney

2021           Group show: The Wellington Gallery Sydney

2021           Solo: Still Water Runs Deep, Sydney Road Gallery Sydney

2020           Solo: A Coastline and Between, Thienny Lee Gallery Sydney

2019           Solo: Beyond the Edge, Sydney Road Gallery Sydney

2019           The Other Art Fair, Sydney

2018           Duo: Ocean Water Shore: Art Gallery on Darling Sydney

2018           Duo: The View of Two: Sydney Road Gallery Sydney

2017-20      Monthly Group shows: Sydney Road Gallery Sydney

2017           Land: Manly Art Gallery and Museum Sydney

2017           Solo: The Colour Trap Gallery Sydney

2016           Natural to Abstraction exhibition:  Sydney

2014           Soul Works Exhibition: Warringah Creative Space Sydney

2014           First Exposure: If You Like Art Gallery Sydney

2011           Art 57  Manly Sydney

2009           Art 55: Manly Sydney

2008           Solo: Magic Moments Angel Café Sydney

2000           Graduation Exhibition: UNSW COFA Gallery Sydney 

1999-03      Manly Arts Festival: Manly Sydney

1996           The Ground Show: UNSW COFA Gallery Sydney


2020           Interview Art Wank podcast

2018-19      Resident artist Sydney Road Gallery

2018           Guest Speaker at Manly Art Gallery and Museum

2005-17:     Visual Arts and Photography & Digital Media Teacher, Manly Selective Campus Sydney

2000-02      Portrait Photographer