In dreamy whimsical tones, evocative of the landscape as seen through a slumber’s daze, Amanda Tye captures Sydney’s water’s edge in acrylic and oil on canvas. Based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, the artist 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, the artist left teaching to pursue a full-time career as an artist, and now has a studio poised in the bush.

Using the influences of sculpture and maths, Tye is able to divide the composition, building tension of push and pull in the landscape. Each zone in the artwork almost flitters between seasons and weather patterns. A dark and stormy patch gives way to the bright glare of the sun lighting up the rocks.

By sectioning the view into shapes, Tye depicts an emotional 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.

Sat up high looking over the cliff edge is one of the artist’s favourite spots. Tye manages to capture this intimacy with the coastline within her paintings; they encourage us to look outside our surroundings. An escape, the open horizon encouraging the viewer to explore further and open their eyes to familiar places.

Tye has been a finalist in the 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.

New paintings are available at the Sydney Road Gallery, Balgowlah, her studio at Allambie Heights, Sydney, and online.

-Emma Kate Wilson

BIO

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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

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

 

CURATED EXHIBITIONS AND PRIZES

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

SOLO/ GROUP SHOWS

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: Donation raised $1500 Sydney

2009           Art 55: Donation raised $1270 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

EXPERIENCE

2018-19:     Resident artist Sydney Road Gallery

2018:          Presentation at Manly Art Gallery and Museum

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

2000-02:     Portrait Photographer

© 2015 by Amanda Tye