Amanda Penrose Hart

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Brisbane born, 1963,  artist Amanda Penrose Hart is predominantly a plein air landscape painter. Penrose Hart graduated from Queensland College of Art in 1983 with a Diploma of Fine Art, and then again from Griffith University in 1991, with a Bachelor of Visual Arts.

Penrose Hart has featured in numerous selective group exhibitions, often following artist trip’s or artist-run projects such as Your Friend the Enemy, Gallipoli and Salient The Western Front ,(both commemorative exhibitions of the Great War), Amanda also travels regularly to Wilcannia, Broken Hill and New Zealand . She was part of an exhibition at SH Ervin Gallery called River on the Brink: Inside the Murray Darling Basin, which aimed to raise awareness for the impacts of drought and climate change in Australia.

Amanda recently won the Gallipoli Art Prize in 2017 and the Clayton Utz Award in 2019. Amanda has also been a finalist in the Tattersalls Landscape Prize, King’s School Art Prize, The Ravenswood Art Prize, the Salon des Refusés and NSW Parliament en Plein air, as well as the Portia Geach Memorial Award, Muswellbrook Art Prize, and the Kilgour Art Prize.

Her paintings are held in collections of the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Australia Cub, both Sydney and Melbourne, the Australian National University, Macquarie Bank, Parliament House, Canberra, the NSW Bar Association and numerous regional galleries across Australia.

King Street Gallery has represented Amanda since 2003. She lives and works between Sofala and Sydney.





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Amanda Penrose Heart : Dusk, 2019 | Oil on board, 14 x 180 cm 

Finalist, 2020 Pro Hart Outback Art Prize


To travel is not to commute, to see the landscape fleetingly in passing from place to place. Rather, for an artist like Amanda Penrose Hart, to travel is to commune with the rhythm and beat of the landscape and its history, whether it is on the fields of France, the ancient shores of Gallipoli, the dusty central New South Wales research station of Fowlers Gap, or the spectacular lake and alps of Queenstown, New Zealand.

To paint en plein air, as Penrose Hart does, means to open oneself to spontaneity and chance. It means to listen to stimuli, to receive the environment and translate the sensation of the moment into a form with more permanence. It is still a relatively modern form of painting, but one that contemporary fashion seems to have momentarily passed by. Yet of all mediums oil paint still retains its ability to speak to us longingly of places visited and remembered - where we have stood, where we are and where we are going. Dr Andrew Frost from catalogue essay 2019

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