Amanda Stuart was born in 1967 in the United Kingdom. She grew up in a small country village in Kent. Amanda immigrated in the '80s to Queensland, Australia with her family where she attended Queensland College of Art, studying painting and sculpture.
Amanda grew up in a creative family, her father a musician, her Grandmother a professional dancer, comedienne and variety artist, her aunt an author and curator of the Manchester City Art Gallery and her uncle was also an author and curator of Britain's National History Museum. Amanda has been passionate about art, music, and nature from a very young age. She is a daily surfer whose artwork often suggests sentiment for her local surroundings on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.
Amanda Stuart's artwork is characterised by symbolism and allegory and often multi-layered. She expresses a personal connection to people, places, and objects. Carefully placed symbols, give the viewer clues to metaphorical meanings often connected to her life experience.
After a successful career in teaching art and holding senior roles, Amanda decided to devote all her time and energy to pursue her passion in art and sculpture. She is beginning to attract the interests of gallerists and curators. Amanda's paintings and sculptures can be found in private collections and Tiny Tree Cafe - a Brisbane art gallery. Additionally, her work has been shown in regional art galleries in Noosa and Caloundra, Queensland. Recently, Amanda Stuart was selected to exhibit in RAW Natural Born Artists, an international company that facilitates showcases to support visual art, music, and design.
Influenced by the work of Margaret Olley, Rosalie Gascoigne and Chris Ofili Amanda's sculptures and paintings are bright, colourful and eclectic, mixing ideas and images from different contexts to create a story that often reflects a sense of drama and tension rather than calmness.
Brightly coloured and patterned, Amanda's work can at times be whimsical and humorous or dramatic and atmospheric as she explores her imagination and life experiences.